Bic Classic Lighter

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The BIC Classic Lighter is very reliable and can be found almost anywhere at an affordable price. However, this convenience has a high environmental cost as it’s produced out of fossil fuels and will ultimately end up in a landfill. With millions of lighters being produced everyday, there may be better choices to signal to BIC that consumers are looking for a more sustainable product that is reusable.  If you are looking to make a more sustainable choice, you might want to look elsewhere and buy some matches or a refillable lighter instead.

What it's made of:


This is a type of plastic produced by DuPont that is used because of its durability and tolerance to high temperatures. The Bic Classic lighter is mainly made of this material which is largely unsustainable as plastics are derived from fossils fuels. Disposable lighters in particular are hard to recycle as they are often considered hazardous waste and often end up in landfills.

This is a type of fuel derived from crude oil and is commonly used as fuel for lighters. This is not very sustainable as it comes from fossil fuels and also releases CO2 and NO2 when it is burned.

Steel is highly recyclable but requires lots of energy (fossil fuels) and water for the recycling process. The amount of steel on this product is little and is used for the child safety guard and the lighter hood.

How it's made:


All lighters all produced in 5 factories either in Brazil, France, Spain, or the United States. All parts are manufactured and assembled at these areas and supplies are sourced globally. 76% of BIC’s factories utilize renewable energy and are committed to reaching 80% by 2025. These 5 sites alone produce an alarming number of 4.4 million new lighters per day. BIC takes pride in testing their products over 50 times to ensure a safe and dependable lighter.

BIC ensures that they also engage in fair and ethical working practices by following local regulations surrounding minimum wage and working hours. They specifically go on to say that an employee working more than 60 hours a week is strictly prohibited. In addition to this, they ensure that the partners that they work with do not utilize any sort of child labor or forced labor and refuse to purchase from anyone that does.

Who makes it:


BIC is originally based in Clichy, France and they produce a variety of disposable products such as pens, lighters, etc. They have made efforts to reduce their environmental footprint by transitioning to renewable energy and reducing packaging as much as possible. In recent years, BIC has been working on becoming more sustainable and has earned an “A-” leadership rating from CDP which recognizes their commitment to reduce energy consumption, transition to renewable energy, and changes to packaging. While their contributions are helpful, the business model that BIC is built on is fundamentally unsustainable. Their products are cheap and durable which appeals to many consumers, but are ultimately designed to be replaced with a new one.