Made of recycled EVA material, our Flagship Product – The Pocket Ashtray utilizes an innovative air seal that suffocates burning matter while locking odour in, leaving no excuse to litter cigarette butts.

Collect butts at home, in your community and at events then Click Here to request a Brain Garden shipping label compliments of our friends at Terracycle.


All cigarette butts recycled in this way will raise money dedicated towards a Fire Prevention themed Pocket Ashtray which will be distributed during fire season.

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Pocket Ashtrays preserve ecosystems, prevent fires, & protect water.

Since anti-smoking campaigns started smoking rates have steadily declined throughout most of the world but it could be argued that smoking-related litter not only persists but with the loss of accessible public ashtrays and vehicle ashtrays, cigarette litter is becoming a more serious problem than ever.

Not only does the litter persist but smoking still tops the list for the causes of wild and residential fires.

Cigarette butts do not biodegrade – their filters are made of plastic (acetate cellulose) which depending on the environment can take decades to break down. On average approximately 15% of the North America population still smokes (over 54 million smokers!)

All of this equates to an environmental, public health and fire risk that can no longer be ignored. 


Luckily sometimes the biggest problems have simple solutions. Contact us today to order your own custom printed Pocket Ashtrays.



  • Cigarette Litter

  • Litter of all types

  • Water Contamination

  • Risk of Fire

  • Stress


  • The environment and wildlife

  • Time and Money on site maintenance & restoration


  • Revenue

  • Site / Event longevity

  • Public image

  • Positive social impact

  • Global exposure

  • Valuable Partnerships

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3 Steps

Step #1: Empower the individual

Pocket Ashtrays allow volunteers, public service workers and pro-active citizens to engage directly with smokers and non-smokers alike in a form of educational outreach which is incredibly effective.

“Where Pocket Ashtrays have been distributed in this fashion cigarette related litter is reduced by over 80% and the presence of other ‘little litter’ or ‘micro-litter’ has also noticeably decreased.”

*Not only do Pocket Ashtrays reduce litter on site but smokers take their ‘PA’ home, to work, to school and everywhere they go, keeping butts and other litter off the ground in all the beautiful places they visit and by doing so they also do an excellent job of promoting the place they received their handy pouch.*


Step #2: Collecting Cig Butts Makes Cents

                                                                                              Keeping butts off the ground is only the first step. If we really want to prevent those toxic little filters from poisoning our environment then we need to Recycle them!

This is how it’s done:

  • Set up a centralized cigarette butt collection bin (CBCB)

  • Make sure everyone knows to empty their Pocket Ashtrays into it and continue to use their Pocket Ashtrays for years.

  • Once your CBCB is full, contact us for a complimentary shipping label. Then empty the butts into a bag, package and ship off to Terracycle.

  • Butts are then recycled and money is earned for our fire prevention initiative.

Collecting cigarette butts is the logical next step when you’ve got people using Pocket Ashtrays.

  • Great promotional initiative

  • Earns money for an important cause

  • Keeps toxic waste out of landfills and off the ground

  • Engages your audience in an exercise of collaborative effort for the greater good


Step #3: Educational outreach

We’ve hit the streets in cities and festivals all over North America testing out the best ways to approach people with our product and spread the message “leave no trace”. Education is Key, and how you approach and present information makes a huge difference.

That’s why we want to share what we’ve learned with you to assure our Pocket Ashtrays have the most positive impact possible.

We can train your staff / volunteers in effective outreach techniques and implementation of cigarette butt collecting for the purpose of recycling.

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“Over the course of 2 years we saw a notable reduction in cigarette butt litter. As much as 80% less cigarette litter on the grounds and on the river. Once the word got out to use the pocket ashtrays and to respect the river and the land a change began to take place. Jack and Sarah volunteered with my Green River Collective crew and worked tirelessly handing out pocket ashtrays and setting up a cigarette butt recycling program spreading a new consciousness to the festival. As a result we have a cleaner festival, a healthier river ecosystem and we spend far less hours picking up cigarette butts. To any community faced with a cigarette litter problem I would recommend the braingarden.ca approach of handing out pocket ashtrays to smokers with the message of making positive choices for a cleaner, healthier environment”

Scott Dale

The Shambhala Green River Collective



“The City of North Vancouver has been very pleased with the success of the Pocket Ashtrays. The feedback we have received from residents and users of the product has been amazing. The product is very light weight for people to carry, easy to dispose of the content, and no smell.”

Lisa Stirling

City of North Vancouver



“Thank you VERY much for producing and sending us the pocket ashtrays earlier this year. I cannot overstate the major positive impact having these pocket ashtrays has made on Surfrider’s ability to connect with and improve the cigarette butt litter here in Southern California.”

Alan Honadle

Surf Riders Foundation San Diego Chapter

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Contact Us

“The purpose of Brain Garden is to empower individuals, organizations and businesses with products and services which assist their efforts to live in harmony with the environment.”

We are a family run business based in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Our love for wild open places where nature is undisturbed is our inspiration to be a part of the solution. 


Join us on our mission to eliminate cigarette litter and its damaging effects on our planet.


Order Pocket Ashtrays for yourself and others, Design your own custom Pocket Ashtray, Volunteer & more…


Ask for Jack.
E-mail: info@braingarden.ca
Phone: 1-250-938-4202


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