Scientists Call for a Ban on Glitter

This idea won’t go over well with fashion magazines, that’s for sure.

Glitter, now more than ever, is in style and it’s being used in several fashionable ways, from being infused into lotions to various cosmetics. Now there’s a big push from the scientific community to ban this ‘magical’ decoration.

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This comes on the heals heels of the recent ban on microbeads used in beauty products, signed by the Congress and the White House. The reason?

They leave a significant and gruesome footprint on the environment.

Hey, I’m all for shiny things that make people smile, but if the science shows this comes at the expense of choking our planet even more than we are, I’m all for making such ‘painful’ decisions. We have to act like adults and realize that we may have to give up a few things to save this planet.

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Glitter isn’t a high price to pay.

Fashion magazines, Kim K, and millennials won’t be happy about this, but we could always ask Big Pharma to send them something to take the edge off.

What Makes Glitter Bad for the Environment?

Glitter is made of aluminum and PET plastic. When this type of plastic starts to break down, toxic chemicals and substances are released that really screw with nature, especially animals in the wild. Reports show a major impact on their internal systems, neurological functioning, and even cancer.

How does it get into the wild?

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We wash it off where it travels through our plumbing/sewage systems and winds up in lakes, rivers, and oceans.

How do we know this?

Microbeads have already shown us what happens in this way, where you can actually see large floating ‘islands’ made of microbeads.

It’s a growing problem according to Scientific American:

“Plastic can be detected in the bodies of more than 50 percent of the world’s sea turtles. Scientists estimate 90 percent of all seabirds have ingested plastic at some time in their lives. Fish, too, contain plastic and appear to consume it in large quantities when it is available.”

Microbeads are much smaller than your average piece of plastic and glitter is even smaller than microbeads, which means they can cause much more damage by virtue of having more ability to work its way into an entire eco-system.

The Solution

First and foremost, become more aware of the impact we have on the environment, it’s the little things that can make all of the difference. For now, you can opt to stay away from using glitter.

A group of childcare centers that care for 2,500 children took matters into their own hands, just in time for the holidays. They have opted to use lentils and other natural materials to make their holiday crafts.

Also, just hang in there, it won’t be long before some visionaries start to create glitter made from environmentally-friendly materials. If you want to speed things up, gather a couple entrepreneurs who love fashion and make it happen!


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