Scientists are pushing for a glitter ban. This isn't an attack on people that love to craft or people who love to sparkle, though. It is an attempt to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment. A recent study by Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University in England found that a third of all fish caught in Great Britain contained some plastic material.
Where does glitter come in?
Glitter is made of microplastics, and as we already know, glitter sticks to everything and can work its way into pretty much any nook and cranny. Because of this, glitter is the not-so-perfect material to find its way into the bodies of animals all over the world. Even glitters found in cute shower gels can find their way into the environment. Even worse, the qualities that make us love glitter so much - its sparkle and shine - are also attractive to animals and make them more likely to eat the little pieces of plastic.
How can you help?
While most types of glitter you will find in craft stores will contribute to this problem, you don't have to cut out glitter entirely to reduce the impact of your sparkly personality. Look for biodegradable glitters like those made by Keyser & Mackay and EcoStardust.
You can be eco-friendly and glittery! Like anything else, all it takes is a little label-reading and careful searching.