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BUTTWATCH

Welcome to BUTTWATCH!

We are on a mission to protect our planet from cigarette butts and we will go above and beyond.

Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts are lit(t)erally everywhere.
They are the most littered item on our planet.
About 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are thrown away around the world EVERY YEAR!

Roughly 450,000 butts are tossed on the ground EVERY DAY in Vancouver!

Info

Some Butt Facts

  • Cigarette butts contain plastic fibers, toxins (e.g. nicotine) and chemicals (e.g. benzene)

  • They don't biodegrade

  • They can be recycled

  • Butts are very harmful to marine and freshwater life​

 

1 cigarette butt can kill half of the fresh/saltwater fish exposed to it.

What can you do?

What Can You Do?

We can talk about cigarette butts and their impact on our environment for days, but that doesn't help either.
So, let's focus on what we can do instead!

INFORMATION

Get yourself informed

EVENTS

Join us on any upcoming Buttwatch events

CLEANUPS

Participate/organize cleanups 

SPREAD THE WORD

Hang up the poster in your neighbourhood and/or share it on social media. 

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PLASTIC FIBERS IN CIGARETTE BUTT

What Else Can You Do?

YES

Do You Smoke?

NO

  • CARRY POCKET ASHTRAYS
     

  • RECYCLE YOUR BUTTS
     

  • QUIT SMOKING

  • PATIENCE AND RESPECT
    Be patient and respectful to others
    Changing behaviour doesn't happen overnight

  • BUTT RECEPTACLES
    Place cigarette butt receptacles in your community 

EVERY LITTLE BUTT COUNTS!

Poster

The Buttwatch Poster

The poster was illustrated by Rafael De Leoz.
Check out his work here and follow him on Instagram.

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Yasmin Schepens, former Ocean Bridge Ambassador, regularly picks up garbage in her neighbourhood. She noticed the huge number of cigarette butts littered on the streets, parks and beaches. 
She wanted to bring awareness to this issue using humor and reaching a large group of people.
After doing some research, Yasmin came across the Vancouver Transit Shelter program and knew that this was the perfect medium to get her message across. 

The poster was up in 10 transit shelters in Vancouver in the summer of 2022.

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Yasmin next to her Buttwatch poster

Photo credit: Berm McCandless

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Upcoming Events

Events
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Get in Touch!

Fill out the form if you have any questions or you would like to connect!

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