Glitters: The hidden plastic

Last year it became illegal to use microbeads in any product throughout most of the world, this was done following a world wide research study on the effects of microplastics on the eco systems of marine life from all over the globe.  Evidence was found of microplastics throughout the marine food chain in the worlds oceans.  Although the ban on microbeads created a lot of news and media to help our waters it was only targeting those specific microplastics, however there are many other varieties still entering our waters like glitters.

The world watched as New Zealand became the first country to ban glitters being used by pre-school children last year, but why?  

 

Most glitter are made from a variety of plastics which are dangerous to our health if ingested and eventually the health of marine life if it ends up washing down the drain.    Now, this can be any variety of glitter from the regular crafting type to the version you possibly apply to your skin, eyes and lips.  Read your labels, if there is no mention of bioglitter or biodegradable glitter on your product then it is probably the same glitter that you would affix to a greeting card with glue so not what you would call skin safe.  There are currently no legal implications around glitters other than the ban for pre-schools here in New Zealand.

 

Why should you worry?  Do you eat?

In the UK, a study conducted by marine biologists at Plymouth University, found that out of the 500-fish captured from the English Channel, a third were plastic contaminated.  These fish will be eaten by bigger fish or mammals in the ocean, or caught by line and placed on some person’s dinner plate.  Still fancy fish and chips?      Although the study was carried out in the UK the problem is world wide and the plastic pollution is real in all the Earth’s seas and oceans.

Bioglitter

Made from a biodegradable film, derived from trees mostly Eucalyptus of which are sustainable plantations.  It has no negative effects on the eco-system. 

It also has low levels of heavy metals, so low in fact that it is classed as zero.  In comparison to mica or lustre which can contain very high levels.

These 2 facts alone make the bioglitter safe to use for bath products where the glitter will fully decompose in the waste water.  Safer for cosmetic use as the biogradeable film creates glitter that is 20% to 30% smoother in texture than the finest milled plastic glitters.  Which is why if glitter is to be found in any of Pasithea’s products then it will always be bioglitter, better for everyone.

Now that you are informed of the hidden plastic of glitters, are you more likely to source bioglitters for your needs?  Comment below.

If you are keen on trying bioglitters, please feel free to contact me at sales@pasithea.co.nz and I will be happy to pass the local NZ stockist information onto you.  

Posted: Wednesday 17 January 2018

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