Ocean pollution is on the minds of a lot of people.
Walking along the coast of Oregon and Washington, you’ll find a lot of plastic pollution. But what you’ll likely see more of are cigarette filters. NGO Ocean Conservancy has been organizing beach cleanups for over 30 years and according to their data, approximately 60 million cigarette filters have been collected in those 3 decades.
Those numbers exceed the number of plastic bags, food wrappers and other waste collected. Some of the butts are left from beach-goers, others are carried by the rain into rivers, then eventually carried out in lakes and oceans. If you’re a smoker, don’t litter, take care of your butts.