WATCH | Biodegradable cigarettes might be the answer in taking the pain out of the butt

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By SIPOKAZI FOKAZI

After starting out selling roll-ups at a music festival, two university friends are lighting up the smoking market with what they claim are the world's first eco-friendly craft cigarettes.
Adam van Wyngaarden and Davide Scott, both 23, who founded Smokey Treats three years ago, claim to have found a solution to one of the world's biggest litter problems by using fully biodegradable materials.
The filters in their Woodland cigarettes are made from wooden strands instead of plastic fibres, and the additive-free tobacco is wrapped in unbleached paper.

The entrepreneurs - both smokers - make no health claims for their product and even say on their website: "We do not advocate the smoking of any tobacco product."But they hope the concept of eco-friendly cigarettes will make smoking "more enjoyable and guilt free". So far it seems to be working, with 30,000 packets flying off the shelves in the first three months of trading.It was while they were studying social sciences at the University of Cape Town that Van Wyngaarden and Scott became alarmed by the number of stompies littering the campus. They discovered the plastic filters were eventually washed into the ocean and ingested by fish...

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