CIGARETTE BUTT TEXTILES
In the Netherlands, 6.7 billion cigarettes end up on the street each year. This is valuable raw material
that ends up on the street, pollutes the soil and is lost. This is where we come in.
In this circular chain, cellulose acetate, the main component of cigarette filters, is mixed with
discarded cotton from the textile industry to create a new textile yarn. From this circular textile,
interior products are made. The cigarette filters are collected by the LaLa Foundation, through the
WasteBar, (a campaign against litter and promoting circular awareness) and through cooperation
with other parties. The filters are cleaned and then manufactured into a viscose filament by
Materials Factory. Esther Jubbega supervises the process of blending the viscose filament with
fibrous cotton to develop new yarn. From this, new circular interior products are made.
By developing a circular textile from cellulose acetate and cotton we contribute to the solution for
two social problems, namely:
1. Cigarette filters are the largest source of stray microplastics worldwide. The decomposition
of a cigarette filter also releases the toxic substances that have accumulated in it during smoking.
By collecting cigarette filters and making them valuable, fewer cigarette filters will end up in nature
and on the street. This will result in less microplastic and toxins in the soil and food chain, as well as
a reduction in CO2 emissions.
2. The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Not only does the
production of textiles require a lot of raw materials, but also hectares of land, thousands of litres of
water, pesticides, chemicals and energy.
By developing a circular textile using discarded cotton, we contribute to textile recycling and exclude
the use of new virgin raw materials.
For the development of circular textiles, the LaLa Foundation has entered into a consortium with
Materials Factory (www.materialsfactory.nl) and Esther Lubbega (www.estherlubbega.nl).
The project starts in September 2022.