Cigarettes burn holes in your pocket and in the planet too.
Of course, you are thinking about how tobacco grow fireaway and its transportation to your place. But there is something much more serious: cigarette butts.
As fire as we know, there are in a butt all the toxic components of a cigarette (heavy metals, phenol, micro plastics, etc.). Whether a cigarette filters ends up in the street or in a ditch, its decomposition will last 15 years and pollute up to 500 liters (132 gal) of water. A highly dangerous waste that animals drink or eat!
Despite that, everyone has the right to clean air and water, we throw up to 137,000 butts per second in natural areas. So butts are the 4th most deadly type of waste for marine life. Poor puff-puff puffin!
Those numbers probably blow your mind, butt you keep thinking that it’s not your fault, because you do not smoke or you have quit. Let me enlighten you!
You can easily fight this cataclysmoke situation, without licking an ashtray. If you are available, you can organize or attend an event to “get butts off the beach.” If you do not have the time, just make sure to have a little “pocket ashtray” to collect your smoking friends’ butts.
Who knew that you could save your butt by picking it up off the ground?
A trick shared by Aline.
YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*
For each butt that does not decompose in nature, you help save:
- 132 gal / 500 liters of water (pollution by toxic substances during decomposition)
- 33 kW of power (water purification)
- 6.6 lb / 3 kg of CO2 equivalent (power production)
- 700 ft2 / 65 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.