These cigarette butts grow into trees when thrown away

An ingenious but flawed idea

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The Independent Online

In spite of smoking bans, cigarette butts are still the most littered item around the world.

A company in India has come up with a solution though - producing biodegradable roaches that sprout into seedlings once tossed.

The concept is similar to that of GreenButts, which sees discarded cigarettes turn into flowers and grasses, and equally flawed.

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Firstly, the product encourages people to litter, or at least care less about disposing of their cigarettes properly, and the introduction of non-native tree species to random areas is ecologically problematic.

As a Reddit user noted, a number of bush fires are thought to have started when people threw cigarette butts out their car windows, so in creating one tree users could end up burning thousands.

5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year and can take 10 to 15 years to break apart, so there is definitely a problem to be addressed here, the solution just might be more to do with supressing our laziness rather than facilitating it.

(via True Activist)

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