While we know you love the electronic cigarette for its life changing qualities, we can’t help but wonder what you can do with do those neglected cigarette packs. We searched far and wide to find the most mind blowing examples of tobacco “recycling” to share with our readers.
#10. Are you missing the manly smell of tobacco, but want to get it in a new way? Try this Tobacco Caramel, beer infused soap from SoqueCo.
This sexy blend of Tobacco, Mandarin, Honey, Rose and Caramel is “like what I imagine a cowboy would smell like,” according to the soap maker. Each handmade bar will set you back $2.40
#9. Archipelago Botanicals, offers decorative, hand-poured candles in a variety of tobacco blends. Try Bergamot Tobacco, a warm blend of Bergamot, Tobacco Leaf and Ylang Ylang. Rosy Rings Honey Tobacco is a velvety blend of Honey, Tobacco Leaf, Sandalwood and Vanilla. It’s a whole new way of appreciating tobacco without that cigarette smell!
#8. Don’t toss out all those old butts! Check out this 5-foot-wide, 2-foot-tall sculpture by artist Tom Deininger made entirely from discarded cigarette butts collected from Rhode Island parking lots. It may not smell like the ocean, but it makes for a great conversation piece.
#6. Sometimes you just want a nice portrait to hang on the wall. For the very creative and the very patient—a portrait made from 20,000 cigarette filters! Artist Jinks Kunst created it as a tribute to the French singing legend Serge Gainsbourg. The singer was fond of cigarettes, and to create this smoking tribute, the artist went into cigarette collecting mode. Kunst collected a total of 20,394 cigarettes to make this piece.
#5. Want a smoky tobacco smell that doesn’t smell like an ashtray? CB I Hate Perfume offers a line of perfumes and sprays in a manly Smoky Tobacco scent. $12.00- $65.00
#4. Are you tired of the same old rug you have at home and ready to try something radically different? How about a new one made of recycled cigarette butts? Puerto Rican artist Jesus Bubu Negron commissioned street cleaners to collect used cigarette butts. The cigarette butts were then woven into this unique carpet. The rug was built using paper of the cigarettes, unrolled and layered one atop the other. Yellow and white colored paper on the cigarette filters were used to create patterns on the rug. The rug was displayed at the Sharjah Biennale.
#3. If you are very creative—or have a degree in engineering—you could try building an expensive sports car. This enterprising artist used cigarette packs to create a Lamborghini. No, it can’t be driven, but it’s pretty neat!
#2. Chilean artist, Alexandra Guerrero teamed with engineer Carolina Leiva to come up with a unique way to process cigarette butts into yarn. After going through an extensive purification process, the butts are shredded and woven into fashion-forward designs.
#1. Finally, here is a recipe for those of you who’d like a little tobacco-flavored treat—Tobacco Ice Cream! It’s reported this concoction has a subtle herbal taste and slight stinging sensation when eaten. This is an adult treat. Keep away from the kiddies!
Tobacco Ice Cream Recipe
(recipe loosely based out of Sherry Yard’s ice cream recipe in “The Secrets of Baking”)
Makes 3 cups, or enough for 6-8 servings
357g heavy cream (1.5 cups)
120g milk (0.5 cups)
100g sugar (0.5 cups)
2.5g loose full-leaf tobacco (get a mild tobacco, and one that has no other chemicals applied to it. You could also break a cigar)
0.75 teaspoon vanilla paste (substitute equal amount of vanilla essence, or the seeds of half a vanilla bean).
Bring to a simmer the cream, milk, vanilla and tobacco over a medium flame. Turn off the heat, cover with a plastic film to prevent a top-layer from forming and steep for 10-15 minutes (depending on the strength of the tobacco you use, I would recommend that you start tasting it at the 8 minute mark to make sure it doesn’t get too strong). Strain with a fine-mesh strainer.
Whisk the yolks with the sugar and salt, making sure you do it quickly so the sugar doesn’t coagulate the yolks (i.e., don’t let the yolks sit on the sugar). Ladle half a cup of the cream mixture while whisking to the yolks to heat them up. Combine the whole thing. Pour it on a saucepan (non-stick works best, methinks), and heat it up over a small flame while constantly stirring, until the mixture reaches 170F (if you don’t have a thermometer, this is when it thickens up some, and if you run your finger down the spatula, it will leave a trail).
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl set over an ice-bath. Stir it once in a while until the mixture cools down to 40F. Churn according to the instructions of your ice-cream machine.
Play around with the tobacco you buy to get the exact proportions. 2 grams is a safe place to start, and you can move up or down from there.