New “Throw it and grow it” cigarettes brings a new meaning to ‘all natural’ cigarettes.
Although cigarette butts are small, they create huge environmental hazards. They pollute our Earth, seep into our soil and poison our healthy planet. But now thanks to new patent-pending technology, new environmental-friendly cigarettes have filters with flower seeds embedded instead of it’s usual unhealthy ingredients.
The company “Greenbutts” explains how they did it, saying ” Organic cotton and natural de-gummed hemp form the filter body. Wheat flour and pure water bind the filter elements as they are spun together. No chemicals or hidden additives…. Our filter is made of an all-natural hemp and cotton blend that can be combined with a wide variety of grass and flower seeds. Partner our product with additive-free tobacco and you have a true all-natural cigarette.”
Cigarette filters are generally made of cellulose acetate tow, and they can take decades to degrade. Even when they finally decompose, it’s never a good thing for the environment. The toxicity in the filters causes serious damage, and according to the Texas Department of Transportation, “Each year more than 1 billion pieces of litter will accumulate on Texas highways. Of those, 13 percent are cigarette butts. That means 130 million butts will be tossed out in Texas alone this year.”
Not only are these figures staggering, but they are also a cry for help, to which “Greenbutts” has answered.
Although this product is still in it’s preperatory phase, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for. If these flower-seed filters really work, it will be an amazing leap forward in our environmental recovery. Maybe even sooner, they will be able to plant trees with this technology instead of just flowers. Trees are something the world always needs more of.
Globally, tobacco curing requires 11.4 million tons of wood each year, which is ridiculously harmful to the environment. Can Greenbutts be the key we need to bring back nature? Hopefully that answer is yes, and this eco-friendly approach to the most commonly purchased item in the United States is the type of breakthrough us treehuggers have been hoping for.
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