If you’re a smoker who’s more concerned about Egypt’s depleting environmental future than you are about your health, then you’re in for a surprise, because this year might just very well be the year of the Green Butts. And no, this has nothing to do with Kim Kardashian.

The world we love so much is not only suffering with the smoke of five trillion cigarettes each year, but also the soil we walk on is suffering from the litter of cigarette butts that we so carelessly throw out onto the streets. These cigarette butts, according to a research conducted by the International Coastal Cleanup, take from 10 to 15 years to break down since the materials they’re made up of aren’t biodegradable.

Yep, that cigarette butt you picked up as a kid and pretend-smoked? Could have been seven years old.


And so Green Butts swoop down to save the world by creating cigarette filters that naturally “break down in a matter of days.”

Green Butts are made of organic and natural materials such as flax, hemp, and cotton. This, Green Butts state on their website, creates a “high quality smoking experience” and allows you to “rediscover the essence of smoking” since the flavor of the tobacco remains pure. Which does sound like a pretty promising smoking experience.

Unfortunately, biodegradable cigarettes won’t stop the nasty habit of littering our streets, which in turn pollutes our air and puts Egypt’s natural reserves into risk, and effects tourism, and thus our economy. So let’s bring in these Green Butts for a greater cause, and perhaps Egypt’s future won’t be so bleak.