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Our Mission

Our mission is to curb the global blight of pollution caused by discarded cigarette butts into the environment while providing a high quality smoking experience.

The Problem

5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year and most are synthetic filters, resistant to degradation.


In 2012, the International Coastal Cleanup released 25 years worth of data (1987-2012), indicating that cigarettes and cigarette butts constituted…


The Solution

Greenbutts filters are manufactured from a patent pending blend of natural materials, including…

gb_leaf-smal-whtflax, hemp, and cotton

gb_leaf-smal-whtnatural starch based binder

gb_leaf-smal-whtNothing artificial

Since the smoke is filtered through natural fibers, you taste nothing but pure, unfettered tobacco flavor. Rediscover the essence of smoking.


What is a Greenbutt?

A “Greenbutt” is a biodegradable cigarette filter made from natural materials using no chemicals or artificial binders.

How did you come up with this concept?

Spent cigarette filters are the #1 source of litter across the globe. The negative impact of these cigarette butts on the environment has been well documented. 

Aren't all cigarette butts biodegradable?

The synthetic materials in today’s mono-acetate cigarette filters can take up to 15 years to breakdown, however, being a synthetic material, it will only dissipate rather than biodegrade.

Are you telling me that using your filters will make smoking healthy?

The fact is: humans have smoked for millennia. As long as people continue to smoke, we believe that mitigating the environmental hazards associated with cigarette litter is a noble and worthwhile goal.

Doesn't creating a biodegradable cigarette filter encourage more littering?

Greenbutts does not condone littering of any cigarette butts. Always dispose spent filters in ashtrays or other trash receptacles. If Greenbutts wind up discarded irresponsibly, at least we know it will quickly biodegrade and limit pollution.

When will these be on the market?

We are in the final stages of development with a major cigarette manufacturer.  Greenbutts should be on one or more major brands by mid-late 2015 in select regional markets

Will Greenbutts be its own brand or will their be filters in popular brands?

Greenbutts will not be its own brand, rather incorporated on select brands as an alternative to standard acetate filters.



Mervyn C. Witherspoon, UK

Mervyn C. Witherspoon, UK

•Filtrona Filters (now Essentra)
•Acordis Acetate Products
•25 years with Courtaulds

Gavin Dickinson, Switzerland

Gavin Dickinson, Switzerland

•Marketing Intelligence and Marketing Research
•17 years with RJRI and JTI
•Ex-global Camel & Winston Insights and Sensory lead

Bill Eigner, USA

Bill Eigner, USA

•Partner, Procopio: Award winning business attorney for emerging companies
•Stanford University
•University of Virginia School of Law

Byron Springer, USA

Byron Springer, USA

•Chief Counsel of Acquisitions for Intellectual Ventures
•Stanford University
•UCLA School of Law


Better butts

Tobacco Reporter April 2014 issue, By Timothy Donahue.   Greenbutts aims to ease the environmental impact of the more than 2 billion pounds of cigarette butts discarded globally every year. Standing on the shore of a California beach, Tadas Lisauskas […]

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