"A butt free environment"
No More Butts sees a future where tobacco waste is not carelessly littered into the environment.
This could ultimately be through the removal of the plastic tobacco filters from production, or through education, infrastructure and clean-ups.
No More Butts encourages and delivers awareness campaigns on the impact of littering cigarette butts, with the aim to make people think twice before carelessly discarding their butts. As a charity, we assist in the beautification and regeneration of our natural environment, through participation or coordination of clean-up events. We work with research institutes to investigate potential uses for cigarette butts and advocate for the ban of tobacco filters..
• Re-educate - We re-educate people, businesses, government and organisations on the importance of correct disposal, options for awareness programs and infrastructure and we advocate for the removal of tobacco filters, through a science based approach.
• Remove - We advocate for a ban on plastic tobacco filters to remove cigarette butts from the environment.
•Research - We work across research institutes to identify potential recycling methods and investigate the impact of novel products.
• Retrieve - We retrieve cigarette butts from where they have been discarded. This promotes the preservation and recovery of the natural environment. As a charity, No More Butts partners with other organisations to coordinate events and we collect and share data.
Our charity is comprised entirely of volunteers - from those that pick up butts and coordinate events, to those that manage social media and business and government engagements. The Directors of No More Butts are also volunteers. Visit our Volunteer page to see the current opportunities that exist.
After witnessing the devastating impact of discarded cigarette butts on beautiful locations around the world, Shannon was inspired to resign his corporate role and dedicate himself to No More Butts.
As part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDG3 – “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages” – UN member states pledged to “Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] in all countries, as appropriate.”. This pledge is known as Target 3.a.
Article 5.3 of the WHO’s FCTC notes that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between public health interests and tobacco industry interests. At No More Butts, we believe that this conflict also extends to the impact on the environment.
Although we are not a state actor covered directly by Article 5.3, as a non-governmental organisation that advocates for the protection of our natural environment, No More Butts does not engage with the tobacco industry and those furthering its interests.
As per the Handbook for non-state actors on engagement with the World Health Organization, the latter includes but is not limited to: "entities and subsidiaries engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and/or sale of tobacco or tobacco-related products; entities working to specifically further the interests of the tobacco industry through lobbying, advertising, legal advice or similar activities; entities being funded, supported or influenced in their governance by tobacco-related entities; and entities having tobacco industry or their representatives among their members.”
All volunteers or future employees of No More Butts will be asked to complete a Conflict of Interest Declaration and may be excluded from engaging with the charity.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We recognise they have cared and maintained the beautiful environment for time immemorial. We would like to pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous communities.
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