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Cigarette Butts Recycled Into Clothes

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Cigarette butts are sterilized and recycled into clothing by a Chilean Fashion student.

4.5 trillion cigarette butts are generated every year, and Alexandra Guerrero was horrified by the number, so she decided to make people aware of this insidious litter.

She created the The Mantis project, aimed at ridding her beach side town near Santiago of cigarette butts so that they can be turned into clothing.

After the butts are collected, they are purified in sterilized water and solvent. Then they are dried, separated and turned into fabric.

This removes all of the nicotine and other toxins that would be otherwise seep into drains and waterways. She blends the gathered fiber with sheeps wool to produce yarn which is then used for knitting garments.

What imagination! If there is anything we classify as truly garbage, it's cigarette butts. This really goes to show that even the smallest, most disgusting things we discard can be turned into something beautiful and useful.

--Bibi Farber

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