It’s a fact that cigarette butts are one of the most littered items in the world. Individually they might seem insignificant, but they add up to a huge problem. When littered, they don’t just vanish. Tobacco filters are full of plastics — called cellulose acetate — that can take up to 12 years to decompose*. This means they play a role in the plastic pollution plaguing our planet.
If you’re a smoker, always stub out your butts and dispose of them properly in an ashtray or a bin. For the times you smoke far from an ashtray or bin, equip yourself with a portable ashtray.
Tobacco filter litter is just one form of plastic litter affecting our planet.
* Source: Zerowaste Scotland