We don’t advocate cigarette smoking, but if you’re going to do it anyway, keep an eye out for Greenbutts — biodegradable cigarette filters that sprout grass or flowers when placed the soil. The filter, manufactured from organic cotton and natural de-gummed hemp, is bound together with wheat flour and water, and the filters don’t contain any chemicals or additives.
The Greenbutts filter is a big improvement over current cellulose acetate filters, which take as long as 10 to 15 years to biodegrade. No word on how long Greenbutts takes to biodegrade, but we’re guessing it’s a bit faster.
Greenbutts is still in the concept stage–the company is still seeking investors and has no plans for production. But even if you’re a staunch anti-smoking advocate, it’s hard to begrudge the idea. A biodegradable cigarette filter is better than one that just sits there, after all.