disposable cigarette lighters
Artefact, Several Things, Common, Found, Polymers, Centuries
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
Class of Material
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?
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!