Why not all that glitters is gold…
Full disclaimer: I love glitter very, very much. Yes, it gets freakin’ everywhere, and if you have a craft party using glitter, you’ll find it in your underwear drawer over a year later, but still. Whether it’s on my face, on my clothes, or a kids’ arts-and-crafts project, glitter rules. That being said, if recent research is any indication, it might be banned from shelves.
Last week, a group of nurseries in the United Kingdom decided to ban glitter use to reduce the amount of microplastics entering the seas, The Guardian reported. Similar to the increasing ban on microbeads — the U.S. passed a law banned microbeads in 2015 and implemented it in 2017 — glitter might soon be disappearing, too.
Scientists in the United Kingdom spoke in favor of the ban. Alice Horton, research associate at the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, told the Guardian, “Glitter is absolutely a microplastic and has the same potential to cause harm as any other microplastic [including microbeads, the subject of a government ban]. We all know that glitter can get everywhere and is highly likely to end up in the environment, either down the drain or by shedding from decorative items.”
Another scientist, Richard Thompson, told CNN that he was “quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it.” Thompson, a professor at Plymouth University, led a study that found that 33 percent of fish caught in the United Kingdom had plastic in them.
OK, admittedly, that statistic is making me warm up a bit to a glitter ban, but never a glitter-free world. Fortunately, companies like BioGlitz are creating biodegradable glitters, which I will be buying in bulk. No fish harmed, and still that superstar shine.