Biodegradable cigarette filters: Cigg Seeds by Ben Forman


While cigarette smoking in public not only pollutes the air, a bigger nuisance is the massive litter of the butts. It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. Despite of several public campaigns and smoking bans in public places, the problem still persists and one of the biggest issues is that smokers don’t fully understand the consequences of their actions or they have rationalized the behaviour.

UK designer Ben Forman has come with a brilliant idea of  turning the act of littering into something that would add to the beauty of outdoor spaces. Forman’s ‘Cigg Seeds’ are biodegradable cigarette filters that are embedded with wild flower seeds. Whenever a butt is thrown on to the ground, they will flourish into beautiful flowers. Even though this solution might not be fully practical in urban areas, it certainly would be very beneficial for public parks, beaches and other green zones.

“An estimated 10 million Britons still suck down cigarettes faster than a troupe of aging rockers in rehab straining to cough out another hit tune. In the UK, cigarette butts sully streets and parks everywhere. What if this nasty habit could contribute to, rather than subtract from, the beauty of outdoor spaces? Cigg Seeds aim to do precisely that. A variety of smokes outfitted with biodegradable filters that contain wild flower seeds, they sprout and blossom into wildflower meadows when finished and flicked, or deposited on the ground. Butts into blooms. Cigarettes into snowdrops—the floral not frozen variety, to be sure.” – says Ben Forman

8 Responses to “Biodegradable cigarette filters: Cigg Seeds by Ben Forman”
  1. Jim says:

    Greenbutts had this idea three years ago. Just do a google search.

  2. Chris says:

    Are these for sale?

  3. Sajith Madhav says:

    wont the seeds die due to the heat??

  4. Think Ecodesign says:

    Not sure if this is true, but this idea can cause for pollution of only more cigarette butts. After all, how long does it take befor the butt is changed into a plant? This will give smokers basically another reason just to throw their cigarette butts on the ground.


  5. Filip Martins says:

    I’ve been thinking the same for years now, so i’ll try to be constructive about this. Being a smoker i know that the material with which the filter is made will change the flavour of cigarette and it’s all about that, and that’s not explicit in the concept, which is probably even older than myself. Sajith Madhav points out an interesting aspect, but probably some seed would be able to take the heat. And Think Ecodesign points out another concern, because the behaviour of majority of smokers is just too ruthless, although i have a very small buttcase (:D) that is completly odourless and as been working fine for some years now, and cig companies have never distributed these in any of their fantaaaastic promotions and commercial tricks, although if go in european airports, the smoking rooms in many of them are sponsored by tobacco companies, so they don’t really care of what happens to the darned butts in their end of life cycle, they just care about getting smokers addicted and alive (at least for some years) in order for these people to pass on the habit to younger generations, because that’s how ciggie addiction is passed on. Is just good to see that Mr. Forman has good connections that make recycling ideas possible, but not without a slight sense of superficiality. And Chris: even if they were for sale you would probably not like the taste of your after meal cigarette. Sorry if i sound harsh but its like having an article on the invention of the solution for starvation (metaphorically speaking).

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