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A couple of companies are working on solutions that range from recycling the butts into plastic (TerraCycle now has a fundraising brigade for butts), which uses the butts to manufacture coatings and adhesives.
Another company, Greenbutts, has created a cigarette butt not of plastic, but biodegradable blend of all-natural flax, hemp and cotton. The butts also contain non-invasive wildflower seeds in the filter wrapper to aid in the breakdown of the filter body when discarded.
In San Diego,Curtis Baffico, a stock trader who moonlights as an environmentalist, decided to create a recycling system for them. He raises money on his website, Ripplelife.org, then pays $3/pound for whatever cigarette ends people collect and turn in at monthly collection events.
While Our Daily Green thinks smoking is truly a gross habit, and cigarette butts even more gross, it's exciting to see the ways that something so gross can be turned into something so green.