Keeping butts off our beaches and out of the environment

When we think about the problem of pollution in the environment, we often overlook one of the most aggressive polluters: cigarette butts.

Yes, they’re small, but they are a big problem. Cigarette butts do not biodegrade and are almost impossible to recycle. The residues of tar and nicotine make them highly toxic. Research shows that in South Africa alone, 15bn butts make their way into the environment every year! This makes them the number one most collected item in cleanups.

Find out about an innovative team who are removing them from the environment and turning them into something useful.