Glitter is a staple in most ravers’ festival looks. Unfortunately, due to the microplastics held within the reflective particles, it has also resulted in an increase of environmental damage. Thus, scientists are pushing to ban glitter and other microplastics in their entirety. We actually reported a similar story in 2018, where the Drastic on Plastic movement sought to ban glitter from festivals.
Microplastics are essentially small pieces of plastic, and many of us use products that contain these highly damaging materials. Glittery makeup, cleansers, tea bags and even toothpastes all contribute to the ongoing marine pollution problems. According to the EPA, “It is estimated that approximately 90% of the plastics in the pelagic marine environment are microplastics.”
On a larger scale, the use of these products, yes – including glitter (loose and in makeup), will continue to harm the world’s marine environments. Marine wildlife is mistaking the tiny pieces of plastic for food, which impacts reproduction and growth. Scarily, the small particles are even being discovered in seafood meant for human consumption.
In addition to scientists attempting to ban microplastics, some other noteworthy efforts have been put into action. Eco-glitter, made from eucalyptus tree extract and aluminum has graced the market.
In addition, companies like Lush who are finding alternatives to one-use plastics. Small actions go a long way! By replacing your standard glitter with its biodegradable alternative, you’ll be helping our planet in more ways than you’d expect.