Are plastic bags still allowed where you live ?
Our island has banned them. They caused 2% of our plastic pollution.
However, we have a big butt problem here. Every year trillions of cigarettes are smoked globally, and most of the butts, or (filters) are disposed of improperly. Islands, like ours, are greatly affected by butts, which create almost 25% of our plastic pollution.
Butts contain cellulose acetate, a type of plastic which can take decades to decompose. Discarded butts make their way into waterways, where they dangerously pollute the water and endanger marine life.
Ironically, cigarette manufacturers originally placed filters on cigarettes to give smokers the false illusion that they are inhaling less poisons when they smoke. This is not the case.
What can be done about the butt problem ?
California is leading the way. A company called ‘Greenbutts’ is working on biodegradable filters !
The City of Vancouver, Canada, has enacted bylaws which impose fines ranging from $100 to $10,000 for littering with cigarette butts.
However, we need to continue to discourage tobacco use through addiction cessation programs. I have counseled people wishing to stop smoking. Many smokers try to stop several times before they successfully quit.
On my 1 km walk to the dock this morning, I counted 234 cigarette butts along the side of the roadway.
The Vatican is also doing its part to stop the butt problem. As of 2017, Vatican City, a separate state inside the City of Rome, stopped selling cigarettes.
May God give us the grace to remember to pray for those struggling with addictions.
Pictured is the dock area in our fishing town.