To: Jeremy Hunt

Revise UK law to make Non-Biodegradable Cigarette filters illegal.

Revise UK law to make Non-Biodegradable Cigarette filters illegal.

Reduce the amount of total litter left for future generations, by ensuring that Smokers' habits stop with the individual; and not with our environmental living standards.

Switching from Cellulose Acetate filters to naturally spun filters made from renewable materials (such as Cotton, Flax, and Hemp composites), would help eliminate a source of garbage that globally, accounts for more than 30% of human waste.[1]

Why is this important?

"Six million cigarette butts are dropped on the City's [London] streets every year and we spend £3.8 million cleaning it up, it's no small problem."[2]

Cigarette butts are the most common form of anthropogenic (man-made) litter in the world, as approximately 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year worldwide. Of those it is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. [3][4]

If we are to promote the United Kingdom as a 'climate-conscious' nation, we must be willing to make implementations that go further than Congestion Charges, Renewable-Energy quotas, and CO2 emissions controls; it stands to reason that changes to everyday materials and consumption, creates visible ripples.

In an age where environmental policy is in a constant tug of war between skepticism and economic interest, a simple measure such as this would set a cost-effective benchmark for other nations.

One out every 5 pieces of litter encountered, is a cigarette butt[5]; imagine a world where within one generation, our children would never have to see another wasted filter ever again.

References:

https://oceanconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/International-Coastal-Cleanup_2017-Report.pdf [1]

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14356007.a14_393/abstract;jsessionid=852BC123C0A844038FAC61CC91BA248C.f04t02?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+usage+report+download+page+will+be+unavailable+on+Friday+24th+November+2017+at+21%3A00+EST+%2F+02.00+GMT+%2F+10%3A00+SGT+%28Saturday+25th+Nov+for+SGT+ [2]

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/transport-and-streets/clean-streets/Pages/smoking-related-litter.aspx [3]

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/6/5/1691 [4]

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/93/12/15-152744/en/ [5]

Image source: http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/keep-britain-tidy-workers-install-a-giant-cigarette-butt-in-trafalgar-picture-id80559920

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2017-11-29 12:48:00 +0000

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