WHY CIGARETTE BUTTS ?
Is this really a detail in global pollution?
Main source of ocean pollution
We owe every second breath to the ocean
50% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean. There are 500 times more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Galaxy.
A single cigarette butt pollutes 500 liters of water
500 liters of water corresponds to one year of water consumption for a human being.
On the ground, the cigarette butt accelerates the pollution of groundwater and increases the rate of global water insalubrity. Unsanitary water, the world's leading cause of death unrelated to age. 3.6 million people die each year. (WHO)
One out of two smokers would throw their butt out of their car window
And becomes the first waste of cities.
Since the 1980s, butts have represented between 30 and 40% of the waste collected each year, whether along the coasts or in cities.
137,000 cigarette butts are thrown to the ground every second around the world
The tobacco industry produces 6 trillion each year. A figure that makes you dizzy.
12 years to degrade into plastic micro-particles
2,500 chemicals found in a cigarette butt, of which around fifty are toxic or carcinogenic
On the ground and in contact with water, it gradually releases its substances into the ground and the air such as mercury, lead, ammonia, phenols ...
Tobacco production is responsible for 5% of global deforestation
The disappearance of forests destroys many ecosystems, in addition to preventing people from cultivating the land for food.
One tree is cut for every 1.5 cartons of cigarettes produced. 200,000 hectares of forest are felled each year.