Should We Ban Glitter? Honestly, It’s Not a Bad Idea & Here’s the Big Reason Why

Advertisement
Read next

Advertisement

Ah, glitter: the craft project staple that refuses to leave when art time is over and leaves you—and your entire house—looking like you’re ready for a rave. If all that shiny mess makes you want to ban glitter, then you’re not alone. Scientists want to ban it too, although for reasons other than saving your living room rug.

“I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic,” Dr. Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University, told The Independent. She and other scientists are calling for a ban on glitter and all microplastics, which are fragments of plastic less than five millimeters in length. Fish and other marine animals often mistake microplastics for food. Not only is ingesting the plastic fatal for these animals, but it can then in turn be ingested by people eating seafood.

Photo: Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash

This call to action comes on the heels of the United Kingdom adopting a new ban on microbeads, much like the ban is already in place in the United States, which Farrelly believes should also extend to glitter. “I’m sick and tired of consumers being help responsible for trying to avoid this stuff. I mean it’s literally impossible to,” Dr. Farrelly added.  “Producers need to be responsible. They need to use safer, non-toxic, durable alternatives.”

Just in case you happen to live with a glitter-obsessed kiddo, they can still have their glitter and save the planet, too. There are plenty of eco-friendly glitter options that break down quicker than plastic and will make your artwork scream, “Ooh, la, la!,” without sacrificing marine life in the process.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

RELATED STORIES:

Say Goodbye to Those Bright Green Starbucks Straws

This Boy Helped Start the Global Movement to Ban Plastic Straws

5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Straws Your Kids Will Love

Welcome to our Tinybeans family!
Be sure to check your email for new activities, recipes and parenting hacks – and to see if you’ve won!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Giveaway: Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card!

Enter your email and zip code below for a chance to win a Mastercard Gift Card. We’ll pick one winner per month through August 31, 2022 – 5 lucky winners in all!

I agree to the official rules and I agree to receive email communications from Tinybeans. By providing your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service