While Malta has recently seen a rise in cleanups around the islands, issues with littering still persist. Nowhere is this clearer than with the cigarette butts which dot our streets and, even worse now that summer is here, our beaches.
A couple of posts on the popular Facebook group The Salott this week restarted the conversation on the matter of reducing cigarette butts on Maltese beaches, with each post getting hundreds of comments of people who contributed with their own personal beach hacks. Here are some of the suggestions we need to see more people applying.
1. Use an empty cigarette pack as an ashtray
One of the posts that inspired people to start sharing their own beach hacks. This one is as simple and effective as they get, and it’s also quite poetic. Packs are where cigarettes come from, and that’s where they get to return.
2. Repurpose your last drink
Whether it was previously a plastic bottle for water, a glass one for a soft drink, or a beer can, it can very easily be repurposed to hold all the remnants of the cigarettes you’ll smoke while on the beach.
3. Buy a pocket ashtray from a souvenir shop
Karen and Jo’s suggestions
Most souvenir shops have tiny “pocket ashtrays” available (they’ll probably also be very colourful and have images of Malta on them), and they’re perfect for carrying around.
4. Carry a small empty jug with you
This one’s genius. “A small empty jar like the pesto ones will always do the trick and will leave your bag with no smell.”
5. Fill up a plastic cup with seawater or sand
Carole and Antoinette’s suggestions
There’s enough seawater and sand on any Maltese beach to fill a billion plastic cups, so there’s really excuse for this one. Another great hack with bare minimum effort required.
6. Use the ashtrays provided by the lifeguards
Audreyann and Sara’s suggestions
(Apparently) little known fact: lifeguards on Malta’s beaches provide ashtrays as well. If you can’t see one, just ask for one!