Glitter is wildly used just about anywhere you go. At any celebration or party you can find the glitter on at least something or someone. Even with glitter included in everything, it has always been a pain. It takes forever to clean up and for weeks you will notice the residue left behind and most likely it will be coming with you as it seems to always be attracted to people.
Luckily, scientists have recently voiced their opinion in that they believe glitter should be banned due to it being a micro plastic.
Microplastics are fine pieces of plastics that end up in our environment including our lakes, rivers and ocean. Like other plastics, glitter decomposes extremely slow and takes years. All this glitter helps add to the patches of garbage and plastic that are afloat in the ocean.
Microplastics are consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds, and other marine life. Plastic bits collect in birds’ stomachs, where they can cause them to die of starvation.
Microplastics are generally made from two sources. The first source is plastic trash which includes glitter. The plastic is broken down into tiny-sized bits by UV rays and waves that cause the breakdown but not decomposition. The second source is microbeads that do no degrade and will exist in the oceans for hundreds of years. These microbeads can be found frequently in cleansing products. Scientists estimate more than 8 trillion microbeads enter U.S. waters daily
A small bit of glitter may not seem like a lot when in use but there is not way to properly dispose of glitter. Being able to look shiny for an hour or so is definitely not worth the pollution of our world’s waterways and ocean adding to the astounding amount of plastic in our environment.
Luckily for those who rely on plastic daily, there is an alternative already that is not being used enough. 90 percent of the world’s plastic is made from fossil fuel products but an alternative in the form of bioplastic already exists. The bioplastic, which is derived from plants, is ready to replace plastic if we can get more companies on board.