# 0063

disposable cigarette lighters

Artefact, Several Things, Common, Found, Polymers, Centuries

Socio-cultural Data

Present Uses

Personal lighters for cigarettes, cigars and other tasks that replaced refillable lighters and matches from the early 1970s onwards. The first mass market disposable lighter was manufactured by the French company BIC in 1973, https://sharrowmills.com/pages/the-story-of-the-everyday-lighter

Technical Data

Class of Material


Bio-temporal-geographical Data

Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)


How does the item affect the environment in which it exists?

Harm it

Ontological-cosmological Data


How would you like to be with this artefact/material/living thing/matter?

I prefer wooden matches.

What can humans give back to this artefact/material/living thing/matter?

Humans can take responsibility for gathering the disposed lighters in our environment then returning them to a recycling centre so that the materials - plastics and metals - might enter a "second life". However, it is probably better that we return to buying a "lifelong" lighter that we refill with gas when it becomes empty i.e. return to pre-1970s behaviour!