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VIA INO21 Challenge 1: Stop Littering With Cigarette Butts

To participate in this challenge it is required that you are a student at VIA University College Engineering and take part in the Innovation weeks in week 5 and 6.

Cigarette butts is the type of litter you find most of worldwide, both in the cities, the nature and in oceans. Although cigarette butts seem small and harmless, they contain plastic and many harmful chemicals and heavy metals, which pile up in the small filters.

Annually 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold, equalling 18 billion being smoked every day. It is estimated that only 1/3 of cigarette butts worldwide ends up in a trash/garbage can or ashtray.

We don’t know how many end up on the streets of Aarhus, but one only has just to take a rest on a bench, look down and start counting. Aarhus Kommune has since 2015 made a yearly Epinion survey asking the residents about their conception of littering in our municipality – every year cigarette butts have ranked number two (after fast food packaging) as the type litter that bothers them the most. Number one has been fast food packaging – probably ranking highest because of the size difference, as butts are small and often neutral of colour.

Most cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic. When tossed into the environment, they dump not only micro plastic, but also the nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed. Recent studies found that the presence of cigarette butts in the soil reduces the germination success and shoot length.

It is estimated that picking up cigarette butts costs the municipality 2 DKK a piece, and they often end up places where city cleaning machines and brooms cannot get them. Therefore they often must be picked up individually by hand. 

Many studies and tests have been made as to how one can change the behaviour of smokers and have them butt their butt rather than flicking it onto the streets and nature.

Is it a question of nudging, city design, adaptation, information, or a new take on the matter? How can a city like Aarhus get rid of cigarette butts in our streets, urban spaces and/or nature?

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Idé-besvarelser for denne challenge (18)
A pitch video brought to you by Group 5 representing our idea of re-butt, a reusable filter which will minimize littering. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCegJJLFzJw&t=1s
https://youtu.be/ykTSOQKIP6A Solution from Work Group 1 for Via University College Innovation Week Challenge 1: Stop Littering With Cigarette Butts
One idea for stopping the litter of cigarette butts which is made by our group is developed through the design thinking process and it is about making the ashtray attached to the traffic sign on the street for smokers to drop their cigarette butts.
A new type of cigarette filter that can be resused and is non-plastic.
In addition to traditional ash trays, we provide smokers with a new and innovative design for ash trays that builds on the habit of flicking the cigarette.
The Adtray is a new and innovative product meant to help solve world-wide cigarette butt littering, all the while capitalizing on consumer trends such as marketable ecological sustainability and nicotine abuse by the power of advertisement placement.
Interactive Ashtray, for responsibly disposing of cigarette-butts, in easier and more interesting way
Hjælp med at løse problemet med cigaret skodder der ender i naturen og på gaden, ved at ændre folks mentalitet til dette. Måden at nå ud til brugerne af cigaretter på, er ved at oplyse dem omkring problemet.
Presentation for feedback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kvFnpxfjqg&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=Ren%C3%A9Rasksen     Koncept beskrivelse Hvad er din skod-holdning? Dit skod er din stemme   Hvad gør ideen anderledes? Vækker opmærksomhed Giver skoddet en værdi Integrerer noget sjovt i noget der allerede findes (askebægre/skraldespand)   Hvad er inkorporeret i konceptet?
Businesses have special containers to collect cigarette butts that give a special discount or sale once full.