Filter Factory is a stament on the littering
behaviour of smokers. An average smoker throws every year 2.5 kilo
of cigarette ends on the street. Birds eat these cigarette ends
because they consider them to be food. As a result they die.
On the other hand, birds are smart and use the filters in their
nests. Because the filters are made out of a synthetic fiber, they
keep the eggs warm. Besides, the nicotine keeps leeches out of the
nest, so the little chicks don’t die.
It is my aim to make smokers aware of their littering
behaviour and reward them for their good behaviour instead of
punishing them for bad behaviour. When throwing your cigarette end
in the machine, it is being shredded and the counter runs. Every
three hundredth cigarette, a door pops open and the lucky smoker
can take a birdhouse home with him.
The birdhouses are being made in some sort of big waffle iron. The
shredded cigarette filters are being melted in the waffle iron and
thus being shaped into a birdhouse.