There is no such thing as environmentally friendly glitter

There is no such thing as environmentally friendly glitter

Oh, glitter how I love it. But did you know that it is actually causing a lot of damage to our planet? Here's why

There is no such thing as environmentally friendly glitter

I have to confess, I'm crazy about glitter, I absolutely love it. But when I realized that its environmental footprint is way bigger than I expected, I started reconsidering my love for the shimmering particles. 

Oh, glitter how I love it. But did you know that it is actually causing a lot of damage to our planet?

Let's start by defining what glitter really is. The sparkling particles in your highlighter or nail polish are actually, microplastic, cellulose, mica or glass. 

Microplastic glitter has been banned from cleansers, masks, exfoliants, and toothpaste because it pollutes the water and cannot be recycled in any way

Microplastic glitters are the most hazardous of all, as they make their way into the water, the soi, and the food we eat.

The only kind of glitter that is biodegradable is made of plant-based fiber, the cellulose glitter. However, they are held by aluminum and plastic polymer film and end up acting a lot like microplastic glitters. 

Micca glitter also affects aquatic plants and it has effects in the food web. 

It seems like it should be better to avoid glitter in any way. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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