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Dutch Design Awards 2020
This installation shows the impact of 1 cigarette butt on ground water, rivers and oceans by making the amount of pollution per day visable.


Showing the impact of 1 single cigarette butt
Thijs Biersteker
This project is part of Dutch Design Awards 2020

This interactive art installation, created by environmental artist Thijs Biersteker, makes the impact of one cigarette butt visible in a stunning but shocking way by pumping around 50 liters of water a day. The amount 1 butt pollutes the environment.

Researchers have uncovered that 1 cigarette butt pollutes 50 litres of water a day. 1 litre of water soaked with butts will kill 50 percent of all small ocean creatures in it. That is 3.4 ml of deadly water - a second coming from only 1 cigarette butt.

With the art installation Pollutive Ends, the impact of 1 cigarette butt on our environment and waters is showed. The impact is made visible by moving small elements of real polluted water hypnotically right in front of the visitors eyes through an intricate tube system. The algorithmic driven pumping system calculates the amount of visitors, the likelihood that they smoke and the amount of pollution that they would generate.

The idea for the installation is based on the research of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Surfrider Foundation and the the World Health Organisation.