Glitter is everyone’s go to in crafts and for splashy looks in makeup and body paint. But it’s actually made of miniscule bits of plastic and therefore has a slow decay rate, just like its larger cousin, the plastic bottle. The pieces are known as microplastics and can get into the ground and into the ocean. It can do as much damage to marine life as other plastics but in this case, it can be ingested, causing direct harm.
- They are a well-known environmental hazard
- The UK next year will implement a ban on microbeads
- The US already has a partial ban on microbeads
“Dr. Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University in New Zealand, told The Independent “all glitter should be banned.””