Most people love glitter. It’s so pretty and shiny, don’t you think so? It is used in art, parties, children’s products, and even in cosmetics and personal care products.
But do you know that glitter is actually tiny specks of plastic?
Just like microbeads, glitter is too tiny to be filtered and gets washed out into our waterways and oceans, where they get mistaken for food by fish. The glitter accumulates in the bodies of marine creatures, releasing toxins that kill them eventually. The plastic pollution in our oceans is so bad that scientists predict that plastic will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050. Right now, they estimate that there are probably 51 trillion fragments of microplastics in our oceans.
Not only is glitter polluting our waters, it is also finding its way into the food chain. That to-die-for seafood you just ate very likely contain microplastics in its belly–which means you just also ate plastic.
Scientists are now calling for a ban on glitter.
Makes you feel guilty over all the glitter you’ve been using, especially during parties? What can we do about this?