The most common form of litter in the world are cigarette butts. It is estimated that 4.5 trillion of the butts are tossed yearly.
Many people don’t realize that cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, not cotton, and they can take decades to degrade.
Birds and animals eat these toxic items. Investigators in a San Diego State University study discovered that if you put fathead minnows and top smelt in a liter of water that also contains a single cigarette butt, half of the fish will die.
I decided I would answer this week’s Bastet’s Pixelventures challenge by creating a picture that shows the enormity of the cigarette butt litter problem. I did that by placing 1,375 butts in a single line on a sidewalk near my home.
Here is my entry for this week’s challenge!