ButtsBin
Our team at ButtsBin is dedicated towards the elimination of cigarette butts' waste from our environment with a unique product and awareness campaigns. Cigarette butts are the world's most littered item and are carcinogenic. With over 100 million smokers in India, smoking over double that number, the butt of one out of every three smoked cigarettes ends up being dropped on our streets, parks, beaches and waterways.

Cigarette Butt Faq

What is a cigarette butt?

  • A cigarette butt is a combination of a plastic filter and the remnants of a smoked cigarette
  • The filter is non-biodegradable, and the tobacco remnant is toxic but biodegrades into the environment because it is an organic substance

What is a cigarette filter and what is it for?

  • A cigarette butt is a combination of a plastic filter and the remnants of a smoked cigarette
  • Filters out some larger residues, tars, particulates
  • Delivers less irritating smoke (through ventilation, etc
  • They make it easier to smoke and to initiate smoking
  • They reassure smokers somehow that filtered cigarettes may be 'safer' for them than unfiltered cigarettes
  • They are NOT a health device; the reduction in lung cancer deaths seen recently is not due to modifications in the cigarette but to widespread smoking cessation
  • They may increase the number of cigarettes smoked per day because of less irritating smoke
  • They allow more deeply inhaled smoke, with a possible increase in risk for adenocarcinoma of lung
  • Cigarette filters are by their nature 'defective.' Researchers have found 'fallout' of filters' plastic particles lodged in the small airways of smokers.
  • They allow more deeply inhaled smoke, with a possible increase in risk for adenocarcinoma of lung

How many filtered cigarettes are tossed into the environment every year?

  • 5.5 trillion cigarettes are consumed globally every year
  • Of these, 4.95 trillion are filters, deposited somewhere in the environment worldwide

Are cigarette butts hazardous?

  • Cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the world
  • They are non-biodegradable
  • 5.5 trillion cigarettes are consumed globally every year
  • They leach carcinogenic(cancer causing) compounds like cadmium,lead and arsenic in water within an hour of contact
  • Children often are exposed to cigarette butts in park,roads,home etc and catches infection through them
  • Birds,fishes,animals die by consuming this hazardous waste.They in turn affect humans when they consume them
  • Cigarette butts are the biggest source of fire in forests,buildings etc.