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Butt Picking at 1st Saturday

June 3, 2009

In preparation for 1st Saturday this weekend (June 6th @ 10am!) we wanted to talk a little bit about cigarette butts.   Every month we hear stories from you guys about them. Since most of you seem to share our disgust at the high volume of these mass pollutants that line our streets, gutters, and beaches… here are some facts to help put it into perspective:


  • According to research, about 845,000 tons of cigarette butts wind up as litter every year globally. Cig. butts are the most littered item in the world!
  • Littered butts release chemicals similar to those found in pesticides into the sand and ocean we play in, thereby exposing humans to pollutants we cannot see or smell.
  • A recent study has revealed that each of the 4.5 trillion cigarette butts strewn around the world is toxic to fish: a single filter can kill a fish that shares a liter of water with the used butt.
  • Many people seem to think that cigarette filters are biodegradable but this isn’t true…  at least not in the traditional sense.  The acetate (plastic) filters can actually take as long as a decade to decompose.
  • It’s common for items like soda cans, snack wrappers, and fast food containers to have a simple “Please Don’t Litter” message. For whatever reason, smokers aren’t given the same reminder.

Just thought you might be interested. See you on Saturday, 10 am, at Whole Foods, Hobie, El Ranchito, LBHS, or Yogaworks & La Sirena. Courtney at Whole Foods has a bunch of goodies lined up for the Red Army & Michael Avila will be hosting the after-party, as always. We look forward to seeing you all there!

For an interesting read on cigarette butts, here is a recent article to check out from the NY Times.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. ronnie p permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:44 pm


    this is the # 1 litter problem – worldwide – multiple TRILLIONS of butts are littered around the planet EVERY YEAR –

    This is fact

    Spreading awareness about this global catastrophe is paramount

    Ron I

  2. June 3, 2009 8:45 pm

    well done fezik. thanks for sticking your butt out there, bro
    we’ll de-BUTT laguna SAT!

  3. Eric permalink*
    June 4, 2009 4:40 am

    thank andy.. he did most of this one

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