We always knew there was something sinister about glitter, even if we couldn’t put our fingers on it (literally, it’s so tiny). Well, guess what? It turns out glitter is a microplastic, which is really bad for the environment, hence why scientists want to ban it.
Microplastics are defined as small pieces of plastic that present a significant danger to marine environments, in particular. According to the EPA, microplastics and microbeads like those found in glitter are small enough to slip through wastewater treatment facilities and into oceans and other marine environments. They’re also small enough to be easily ingested by a wide range of animals.
For those reasons, there is a push to ban glitter, along with other microplastics.
Recent studies show that ingesting microplastics can have several detrimental effects on marine life, including a slow growth rate.
“Microplastics exposure could be detrimental to marine organisms especially under high concentrations,” comments Abby Lo Hau Kwan, a Ph.D. student and co-author of the study.
So, if you can’t live without glitter in your art, crafts, or makeup just make sure you make good choices the next time you pick some up!