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The Problem 2019-11-29T13:42:53+00:00

The World’s Largest Litter Problem

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So you’re outside your favourite bar and you toss your ciggy to the ground before putting it out underfoot with that nice twisting motion we all like to do. That’s that, right? Not quite. That stompie of yours doesn’t just disappear – in fact, it never does. Why? Because cigarette filters are made from PLASTIC (acetate) – not cork or cotton, as cigarette companies have led you to believe.

How Big Is The Problem?

It’s huge.

We smoke about 5.7 Trillion (5,700,000,000,000) cigarettes annually. Because 65% of these plastic butts are littered, 3.7 Trillion of the bladdy things (yes, that’s ‘Trillion’ with a ‘T’) end up on the ground – rather than in the bin – EVERY YEAR.

That’s enough plastic butts to fill 1,431 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 623 Boeing 747 passenger planes – EVERY YEAR. And cigarettes have had plastic filters in them for the last 60 years!

It’s not surprising, then, that it’s the world’s most prolific source of litter.

For those of you who aren’t Olympic swimmers or airline pilots: Imagine EVERYONE in the world got given a lakka 500ml draught of beer [yum], but then the beer suddenly turns to stompies [yuk] – so everyone chucks their glasses in a bush. This happens every    goddamn    year.

It’s killing the earth, and besides, they’re just KAK to look at.

Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?

No, not at all.

If exposed to the sun, your ciggy butt merely breaks-up (photodegrades) into loads of tiny pieces (micro-plastic) – but only over about 15 years. Cigarette companies proudly push this point, but why? If a Doggy shits the carpet, I doubt chopping it up into smaller bits and shoving it under the couch would improve the smell – if anything, matters would be made even worse!

Plastic being plastic, it never biodegrades. Breaking-up plastic into smaller pieces does not solve the problem – it only multiplies it.

Ok, But Aren’t There Health Benefits In Using A Plastic Filter?

No.

Studies have actually shown a dramatic increase in rates of an aggressive type of lung cancer (Adenocarcinoma) since the introduction of plastic cigarette filters – in the 1950s.

What Happens To My Ciggy Butt Once I Throw It On The Ground?

When it rains, the plastic (the butt) is carried as run-off from the streets, down drains, then into rivers, and ultimately into our oceans. That’s if they don’t clog-up drains on the way there – costing the government fortunes to sort out (money that could have been better spent elsewhere).

Once in the sea, fish and other marine animals often mistake the plastic for food. If they don’t choke on it, it blocks their digestive system – both causing a slow and painful death. Fish also inhale microplastic (the smaller pieces) through their gills – not at all ideal.

As you know, everything needs to eat. Small Fish eats a plastic butt by mistake, who then gets eaten by Big Fish. Big Fish (with plastic in him) then gets snacked on by Bigger Fish. Now Bigger Fish has plastic in him – and so on. This, of course, isn’t only limited to marine creatures but also birds, reptiles, and mammals too (i.e. all life on earth).

And so, if you know what the food-chain looks like – you’ll know that we (us humans) are at the top of it… you just ate Bigger Fish.

So… If I Chuck it, I Eat It?

Yes that’s right. It’s what you just ate off your plate, mate. Catch on before it’s too late, it really isn’t great!

But that’s not all. This whole thing is made a hell of a lot worse by all the toxic residue left in the filter after smoking through it. This toxic residue results from the tobacco, hundreds of artificial additives, and the chlorine-bleached cigarette paper.

This devastates entire eco-systems by poisoning the food-chain from the bottom-up.

Animals Don’t Like Cigarettes?

No – unless it’s the kind fist-pumping at the front of the dancefloor…

Hundreds of Artificial Additives on Cigarette Tobacco?

Cigarette companies typically spray about 600 artificial additives onto their tobacco. The same applies to most rolling tobacco – why do you think it’s so sticky?

These additives are largely to make their product more addictive and unnaturally smooth. This is so smokers can smoke even more and non-smokers can pick up the habit with greater ease.  These chemical additives have been proven to increase the toxicity of cigarette smoke and therefore the residue it leaves in the filter.

Chlorine-Bleached Cigarette Paper?

Cigarette paper (the paper around the tobacco) is often bleached with chlorine – yes, the same chemicals you put in your pool.

This has been proven to be highly carcinogenic (i.e. it causes cancer). The bleaching processes also usually leads to poisonous waste that eventually makes its way into our water systems.

All of the toxins from the tobacco and paper are absorbed into the filter during smoking, which later leach into the environment – spreading it everywhere and damaging pretty-much everything.

So rough.

AND THAT’S JUST THE CIGARETTE!

For the record:

Our filters are entirely plastic-free, our cigarette paper has never seen a drop of chlorine, and our tobacco – free from all those wretched artificial additives.

Now for the packaging. I know you’ve got a life to live, so we’ll make this next bit quick.

Cigarettes Lead to Deforestation?

Yes. The cigarette industry is responsible for 4% of global deforestation.

As you know, paper and cardboard is made from trees. And as you’ll also know, we’re already running-out of this precious resource. Considering 285 Billion boxes of cigarettes are bought, smoked, and chucked away annually, many millions of trees are cut down every year to make cigarette boxes.

In addition, clearing way for planting tobacco fields are also a major contributor to the astounding rate of deforestation around the world.

The practices of the industry are not sustainable and have a compounding negative effect on the global environment.

This is the inspiration for our re-forestation initiative and our commitment to sourcing our paper, only, from accredited sustainable suppliers.

What’s That ‘Stuff’ On My Box?

Plastic, mostly.

If you don’t care much for trees, the stuff cigarette companies cover their packaging with should be concerning.

Cigarette boxes are typically made with chemically-bleached paper. It is then coated with synthetic (petroleum-based) inks, metallic materials, and laminated with plastic. These are not biodegradable nor eco-friendly.

This is obviously to ‘enhance’ their appearance – but if you ask us, they’re just an eye-sore. Why do you want some shiny coating on your box anyway? We’re not kids. There’s nothing less cool than needlessly polluting our environment just for some shiny-shine.

You won’t find any of this on our box.

Anything Else On The Packaging That Hurts The Environment?

The inner-liner – the thing you pull off after you open your box.

It’s been encouraging to see some cigarette companies making moderate changes to this recently – but they’re still plenty that haven’t! The inner-liner is usually made out of paper with a metal (aluminium) foil pasted onto it. The metal is particularly problematic because, when discarded, it changes the acidity of soil – inhibiting the growth of plants that rely on it. Other than the litter problem, it adds to landfill mass, and eventually finds its way into our water systems.

Rest assured, our inner-liner is entirely metal-free and will still keep your ciggies fresh as can be.

The wrapping around the box is, of course, plastic. Please. Recycle.

Number of plastic butts littered since you opened this page:

Still want to smoke? Check-out The Solution here: Woodland Craft Cigarettes

The World’s Largest Litter Problem

Number of plastic butts littered since you opened this page:

So you’re outside your favourite bar and you toss your ciggy to the ground before putting it out underfoot with that nice twisting motion we all like to do. That’s that, right? Not quite. That stompie of yours doesn’t just disappear – in fact, it never does. Why? Because cigarette filters are made from PLASTIC (acetate) – not cork or cotton, as cigarette companies have led you to believe.

How Big Is The Problem?

It’s huge.

We smoke about 5.7 Trillion (5,700,000,000,000) cigarettes annually. Because 65% of these plastic butts are littered, 3.7 Trillion of the damn things (yes, that’s ‘Trillion’ with a ‘T’) end up on the ground – rather than in the bin – EVERY YEAR.

That’s enough plastic butts to fill 1,431 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 623 Boeing 747 passenger planes – EVERY YEAR. And cigarettes have had plastic filters in them for the last 60 years!

It’s not surprising, then, that it’s the world’s most prolific source of litter.

For those of you who aren’t Olympic swimmers or airline pilots: Imagine EVERYONE in the world got given a lakka 500ml draught of beer [yum], but then the beer suddenly turns to stompies [yuk] – so everyone chucks their glasses in a bush. This happens every    goddamn    year.

It’s killing the earth, and besides, they’re just KAK to look at.

Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?

No, not at all.

If exposed to the sun, your ciggy butt merely breaks-up (photodegrades) into loads of tiny pieces (micro-plastic) – but only over about 15 years. Cigarette companies proudly push this point, but why? If a Doggy shits the carpet, I doubt chopping it up into smaller bits and shoving it under the couch would improve the smell – if anything, matters would be made even worse!

Plastic being plastic, it never biodegrades. Breaking-up plastic into smaller pieces does not solve the problem – it only multiplies it.

Ok, But Aren’t There Health Benefits In Using A Plastic Filter?

No.

Studies have actually shown a dramatic increase in rates of an aggressive type of lung cancer (Adenocarcinoma) since the introduction of plastic cigarette filters – in the 1950s.

What Happens To My Ciggy Butt Once I Throw It On The Ground?

When it rains, the plastic (the butt) is carried as run-off from the streets, down drains, then into rivers, and ultimately into our oceans. That’s if they don’t clog-up drains on the way there – costing the government fortunes to sort out (money that could have been better spent elsewhere).

Once in the sea, fish and other marine animals often mistake the plastic for food. If they don’t choke on it, it blocks their digestive system – both causing a slow and painful death. Fish also inhale microplastic (the smaller pieces) through their gills – not at all ideal.

As you know, everything needs to eat. Small Fish eats a plastic butt by mistake, who then gets eaten by Big Fish. Big Fish (with plastic in him) then gets snacked on by Bigger Fish. Now Bigger Fish has plastic in him – and so on. This, of course, isn’t only limited to marine creatures but also birds, reptiles, and mammals too (i.e. all life on earth).

And so, if you know what the food-chain looks like – you’ll know that we (us humans) are at the top of it… you just ate Bigger Fish.

So… If I Chuck it, I Eat It?

Yes that’s right. It’s what you just ate off your plate, mate. Catch on before it’s too late, it really isn’t great!

But that’s not all. This whole thing is made a hell of a lot worse by all the toxic residue left in the filter after smoking through it. This toxic residue results from the tobacco, hundreds of artificial additives, and the chlorine-bleached cigarette paper.

This devastates entire eco-systems by poisoning the food-chain from the bottom-up.

Animals Don’t Like Cigarettes?

No – unless it’s the kind fist-pumping at the front of the dancefloor…

Hundreds of Artificial Additives on Cigarette Tobacco?

Cigarette companies typically spray about 600 artificial additives onto their tobacco. The same applies to most rolling tobacco – why do you think it’s so sticky?

These additives are largely to make their product more addictive and unnaturally smooth. This is so smokers can smoke even more and non-smokers can pick up the habit with greater ease.  These chemical additives have been proven to increase the toxicity of cigarette smoke and therefore the residue it leaves in the filter.

Chlorine-Bleached Cigarette Paper?

Cigarette paper (the paper around the tobacco) is often bleached with chlorine – yes, the same chemicals you put in your pool.

This has been proven to be highly carcinogenic (i.e. it causes cancer). The bleaching processes also usually leads to poisonous waste that eventually makes its way into our water systems.

All of the toxins from the tobacco and paper are absorbed into the filter during smoking, which later leach into the environment – spreading it everywhere and damaging pretty-much everything.

So rough.

AND THAT’S JUST THE CIGARETTE!

For the record:

Our filters are entirely plastic-free, our cigarette paper has never seen a drop of chlorine, and our tobacco – free from all those wretched artificial additives.

Now for the packaging. I know you’ve got a life to live, so we’ll make this next bit quick.

Cigarettes Lead to Deforestation?

Yes. The cigarette industry is responsible for 4% of global deforestation.

As you know, paper and cardboard is made from trees. And as you’ll also know, we’re already running-out of this precious resource. Considering 285 Billion boxes of cigarettes are bought, smoked, and chucked away annually, many millions of trees are cut down every year to make cigarette boxes.

In addition, clearing way for planting tobacco fields are also a major contributor to the astounding rate of deforestation around the world.

The practices of the industry are not sustainable and have a compounding negative effect on the global environment.

This is the inspiration for our re-forestation initiative and our commitment to sourcing our paper, only, from accredited sustainable suppliers.

What’s That ‘Stuff’ On My Box?

Plastic, mostly.

If you don’t care much for trees, the stuff cigarette companies cover their packaging with should be concerning.

Cigarette boxes are typically made with chemically-bleached paper. It is then coated with synthetic (petroleum-based) inks, metallic materials, and laminated with plastic. These are not biodegradable nor eco-friendly.

This is obviously to ‘enhance’ their appearance – but if you ask us, they’re just an eye-sore. Why do you want some shiny coating on your box anyway? We’re not kids. There’s nothing less cool than needlessly polluting our environment just for some shiny-shine.

You won’t find any of this on our box.

Anything Else On The Packaging That Hurts The Environment?

The inner-liner – the thing you pull off after you open your box.

It’s been encouraging to see some cigarette companies making moderate changes to this recently – but they’re still plenty that haven’t! The inner-liner is usually made out of paper with a metal (aluminium) foil pasted onto it. The metal is particularly problematic because, when discarded, it changes the acidity of soil – inhibiting the growth of plants that rely on it. Other than the litter problem, it adds to landfill mass, and eventually finds its way into our water systems.

Rest assured, our inner-liner is entirely metal-free and will still keep your ciggies fresh as can be.

The wrapping around the box is, of course, plastic. Please. Recycle.

Number of plastic butts littered since you opened this page:

Still want to smoke? Check-out The Solution here: Woodland Craft Cigarettes