UNCW Plastic Ocean Project
Cigarette filters are a particularly insidious form of marine debris. Filters absorb cancer-causing chemicals from tobacco. Ninety-five percent of cigarette fil...ters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate, which is thinner than sewing thread and takes many years to degrade. They are often mistaken for food by marine animals where they leach deadly chemicals into their bodies. Cigarette butts are the number 1 item we find on Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach (and according to Ocean Conservancy - beaches around the world!). Check out the image below by Danielle Richardet, who has collected over 40,827 cigarette butts to date off of WB.