Scientists have recently called for a ban on glitter due to its risk of pollution. Most glitter is made of super tiny plastic called microplastic, measuring less than 5 millimeters. As glitter gets washed off and makes its way into our oceans, the small size and attractive sparkle makes it very appealing for fish to eat. According to CBS, “a study by Professor Richard Thompson claimed that plastics were found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain.”
“I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic.” ~ Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand’s Massey University via the Independent
The case against glitter is the same case against microbeads found in many face wash products. These microplastics are easily eaten by fish and then end up back in our own bodies when we consume the contaminated fish.
as a lover of crafts, the #glitterban in the UK saddened me but made me realize that tiny plastics have a HUGE impact on our earth. we share our planet with countless creatures yet we continue to destroy it: https://t.co/Eu9fAwpWI0 #microplastics pic.twitter.com/eYFazeLxj7
— br∞ke bode (@brookeelisebode) November 29, 2017