The latest hot topic in the media is glitter. This is not because of all of the Christmas and other holiday crafts and decorations either. It is because scientists think that the microparticles of plastic might have a negative impact on the environment. Naturally, since glitter is loved by people all over the world who want to add a shine to just about anything from their Christmas garland to their eyes when doing special makeup, this is a topic that is garnering a very mixed bag of support and outrage.
Environmental scientists are talking about banning glitter on a worldwide scale because they believe that it does damage to the environment. The shiny flakes are tiny pieces of plastic and scientists say that when it gets into the environment and the world’s oceans, the animals will eat it thinking that it is food. Animals seem to be attracted to things that are shiny and will go for them.
A professor named Richard Thompson did a study to show how much glitter certain animals are consuming. He looked at fish that were caught in the United Kingdom and discovered that approximately a third of them contained glitter particles.
He says that this came a concern to him because he recently purchased some shower gel that contained glitter for his daughters. He says that the glitter in the gel will not breakdown, but instead it will go down the drain where it has the potential to get into the environment.
Another scientist named Dr. Trisia Farrelly, voiced similar concerns. She works with New Zealand’s Massey University and feels that since glitter is a type of microplastic that it should be banned.
Other major scientific organizations seem to concur with the experts above. They say that microplastic, such as glitter, are known to cause ocean pollution. This is why many places chose to ban the microbeads that were present in a wealth of beauty and hygiene products, such as body scrubs and washes. The small pieces of plastic easily made their way into the various water filtration system. Over time, they were sent out to the lakes and oceans where they caused a lot of pollution and were a danger to various aquatic life.
While a worldwide glitter ban is still being discussed, the shiny particles have been banned by individual places throughout the world already on a voluntary basis. For example, certain nurseries in Britain have decided to remove it from their arts and crafts sections due to the fact that it has the potential to cause harm to the environment.
This is sure to be a tough debate, especially since it is being discussed on a global level. Most people have used glitter since childhood for one reason or another and are understandably having a hard time thinking about now being able to use it anymore. The environment is important, but some people believe that if scientists simply found ways to dispose of it more responsibly that this could be a solution that everyone would be able to agree with.