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Cigarette butts and plant growth

It’s usual to see cigarette butts strewn on the roads on daily walks!! People either throw it out of the car or crush it on their walks. But the impact it has on plant growth is enormous.

A study carried out by Anglia Ruskin University found that the presence of cigarette butts in the soil reduced the germination success and shoot length of clover by 27%.

Most cigarette butts contain a filter made of cellulose acetate fibre which causes damage the plants, even without the additional toxins released from the burning of the tobacco.

An estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year making them the planet’s worst plastic pollution!!

Let’s do something about it.





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