Why paper filters?


Around 98 percent of cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate (CA), a polymer that degrades in the environment very slowly. The time it takes a CA cigarette filter to disintegrate could be count in years, depending on the conditions of the environment in which it has been discarded.

Cigarette butt litter is a major problem at our beaches, in the ocean and throughout the watershed. Birds and sea mammals ingest these toxic butts, misinterpreting them for food.

The paper filter reduce the environmental burden caused by the cigarette butts. They are made of paper which is made of cellulose fibres. Pure cellulose without additives is a polymer - an organic compound belonging to the group of polysaccharides (carbohydrates), one of the most common substances in nature, it is the main building component of plant mass. It is fully biodegradable and, more important, it decomposes into simple and non-toxic compounds: water and carbon dioxide. It is also worth to mention that plant cellulose fibres are both easy to recycle and renewable raw materials. Unlike fossil resources such as coal or oil, they are still produced in the natural life cycle of the plant world.


Why paper filters




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