Filter Factory

3rd July 2013

FIlter Factory is both a statement of the littering behaviour of smokers as well as a unique recycling project that offers up nests for birds.

A project from Isaac Monté a recent graduate from Willem de Kooning Academy of the Arts, Holland the Filter Factory takes the waste butts of cigarettes and re purposes them into a birdhouse.

According to Monté 2.5 kilos of cigarette ends are thrown onto the street by an average smoker in a year, some of which are eaten by birds as they consider them to be food. Others have been using them to build their nests as their synthetic properties keep the eggs warm and the nicotine thankfully leeches out of the nest so the chicks are fine.

The Filter Factory is a place for smokers to put their waste butts, which are then shredded. In addition, as a reward for smokers being responsible with their waste, every three hundredth cigarette that is deposited elicits a response - a door opens and the lucky smoker gets to take away one of the bird houses.





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