Breaking a habit…

Posted on August 15, 2013

139,000 cigarette butts are discarded every 15 seconds in the united states alone. (source) How can you persuade people to put them somewhere other than the ground? Should it go into landfill or is there a better use?  Can this context of scale be understood by someone holding, what to them, is only the smallest piece of litter?  How could design help change the social acceptability of throwing butts on the ground? Or in 40 years will we look at features like this on top of old bins and consider them quaint signs of an era?