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Hold On To Your Butt

Hold On To Your Butt

Goals for Surfrider’s “Hold On To Your Butt” campaign include: reduce cigarette litter; increase public awareness about the problem; advocate for better enforcement and implementation of littering/smoking laws; advocate tobacco companies improve the biodegradability of filters and reduce packaging waste; and educate consumers about the impacts of tobacco litter on the environment. While small in size, cigarette butts pose a large environmental problem. It’s estimated 4.5 trillion cig butts are littered each year worldwide. Cigarette filters trap chemicals and when submerged in water the chemicals leach into ecosystems, threatening the quality water and aquatic life. Wildlife can mistake cigarette butts as food. Many smokers incorrectly believe cigarette butts are made of biodegradable cotton. In fact, cigarette contains cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, which slowly breaks down, but never fully decomposes.

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  • State: CA
  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Rise Above Plastics
  • Launch Date: December 24 1992
  • Completion Date: Ongoing