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Why We Should Be Moderate With Glitter?

 

Beside the fact that a lot of glitter may not always be the best outfit choice, a lot of glitter is certainly bad for the environment either.

 

 

Many scientists agree that glitter should be banned. They are made from the type of plastic known under the abbreviation PET (polyethylene terephthalate), coated with aluminum, so they get a characteristic gloss. PET is a widely used plastic, because it is solid and at the same time very light and makes a good barrier to water and oxygen. It is used for making plastic bottles and food packaging, plastic bags and for making fibers from which polyester fibers are then made etc. The small size (up to 5 mm in length) of glitter is classified under the microplastic category which became a very serious pollutant.

In 2014, it is estimated that in the oceans and seas, there are even 5.25 trillion different plastic pieces, of which 92.4% are microplastic. Due to its size, microplastic looks like food for fish and other marine animals, which is why they eat large quantities of it. It is believed that PET plastic itself is not toxic. The problem starts when plastic begins to release various substances (plasticizers, UV stabilizers, etc.) which may have a carcinogenic effect.

Still, it seems there might be a solution for glitter fans. Biodegradable glitter made from cellulose obtained from eucalyptus wood, have also emerged from the market. An additional plus is that they contain less aluminum.

 

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