Series of 60 vases made out of 11000 dirty cigarette butts, dissolved with acetone and then rotomoulded with water.

This research is based on one of the compounds of a cigarette. Since they all are closely derived from organic materials such as paper, plants, and wood, I got intrigued by the whole production line of a cigarette. Where does it start and where does it end ?

What kept my attention was the filters, they are either made of polylactic acid (PLA) or cellulose acetate (CA), both are bio-plastics although the acetate is a bit less eco-friendly in the process. Cellulose acetate is absolutely non-biodegradable and yet is one of the most polluting elements in today’s world.

How can we recycle cigarette butts ?

We can surely recycle them to make other filters but could they be upcycled into other products ?

Cigarette butts on their own could be raw material, what if anyone had the possibility and techniques to recycle them ?

In my extensive research I explored the different and various ways Cellulose Acetate could be used and exploited. I ended up with statement objects, bringing together toxicity and aesthetics.

  • CANCER VASES, 2017

    Cellulose acetate extracted from smoked cigarette filters.