I never used to use candles until I started practicing witchcraft and I have a burning question (pun intended): Are matches or lighters more environmentally friendly? I'm currently using matches because they are biodegradable but I noticed how many I go through and how many trees must be cut down to make them. However, the other option is a plastic lighter that I can reuse a certain amount of time until it has to be thrown away, causing plastic waste. I don't want to have to mess around with refillable lighters. How long do lighters typically last? My parents have had the same one since I was a kid but they also don't use it very often so it's hard to say.