Bricks Made With Cigarette Butts Can Help Save The Planet

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Dr. Abbas Mohajerani has shown that bricks with 1 percent cigarette butt content as pictured here can help the environment. RMIT University

Cigarette butts. They’re everywhere. From the sidewalks you stroll down on the way to work to the grocery store parking lot, there they are, the last remains of a truly bad habit.

Sure, it’s bad enough that people still smoke cigarettes, but the toxic waste left over from the trillions of cigarettes produced every year is also very bad for the environment.

Because they are so slow to biodegrade, it can take many years for them to break down. On top of that, heavy metals such as arsenic, chromium, nickel and cadmium trapped in the filters of cigarette butts can leach into soil and waterways.

Now, a team of RMIT researchers say they have the perfect solution to save energy and help solve the global littering problem: use them to make fired-clay bricks.

Read my full article on STEAMRegister.com.

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