Science of Matches | 04-07

04 Chemicals for matches

Heads Oxidizer Potassium chlorate
Combustor Sulfur, rosin, animal glue
Conditioner Glass powder, isinglass, clay powder, etc.
Adhesive Animal glue
Sides of matchbox Ignitor Red phosphorus, antimony sulfide
Adhesive Synthetic resin
Sticks Fire control agent Dibasic ammonium phosphate (so that stick head will not drop burning)
Combustion agent Paraffin

05 Matchsticks

The material of matchsticks is European Aspen and Japanese Aspen, which are of poplar group. Trees are imported from China and Sweden.
01 How fire has been utilized
02 From manufacturing to distribution
03 How many kinds of matches
04 Chemicals for matches
05 Matchsticks
06 Matches and the nature environment
07 When you strike a match
08 Match Day
09 Japanese Matches
10 Matches in Hyogo Prefecture

06 Matches and the nature environment

European Aspen

1 Chemicals

All chemicals used for manufacturing matches are nontoxic to animals and human being. So water drained from match factories is completely safe on the earth.

2 Matchsticks

Matchsticks are made of Aspen trees. Aspens grow very fast, faster than most of other trees, but not useful for building houses or for making pulp. Therefore, felling Aspens influences neither its growing map nor the environment on the earth.

3 Matchbox

More than 85% of papers used for outer boxes are recycle papers, and more than 90% used for matchboxes and book-matches are also recycle papers. All boxes of matches are made friendly with nature on the earth.

07 When you strike a match

Be careful so that a piece of burning head might not hit other person near you. As shown underneath, hold a matchstick with three fingers and strike the side of matchbox forward and downward.