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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

what is better?

What is better for the enviroment? lighters or matches

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is really a toss up, but only if you compare a refillable lighter (like a Zippo) to the matches.

    Disposable butane lighters are the worse. The plastic bodies and metal parts are usually not recycled.

    A good refillable lighter will last for decades. Some companies (like Zippo) even have life-time warranties on their products and they will repair them for free if anything goes wrong. The consumables include lighter fluid and flints (and perhaps an occasional wick if you keep it long enough). The wick can be adjusted to keep the flame as small as possible.

    Matches, both wooden stick and book matches, use Phosphorus the match heads. Even though very little of it is used in each match, the chemistry behind this chemical is usually environmentally dirty. It forms oxides of phosphorus when burned which eventually becomes phosphoric acid.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Matches. They biodegrade quicker than lighters.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think lighters are better, because matches uses wood which is a resource that is important for our environment n_n

  • 1 decade ago

    in terms of producing/manufacturing (raw matls.+waste) the product, I prefer is biodegradable too....

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