I love a bit of glitter however whilst I’m not a frequent glitter wearer myself, I do love sprinkling on others at every given opportunity*. Glitter has made a resurgence in recent years and is now more popular than ever and is being incorporated into make-ups all year around and not just a final sparkling flourish at festivals and on new year!

Sparkles aside, there is a darker side to glitter which is all to frequently overlooked. The majority of commercially available glitter are produced using PET film; Glitter is essentially tiny, wee bits of plastic – which do not break down.

According to Beat The Microbead, there is something like five trillion prices of glitter floating in the ocean and being washed up on our beaches; this is causing a major issue for marine life. Fish and other marine life mistake the particals for food and this potentially has long term effects on the marine life themselves. Recent research has found that the fertility of some crustaceans (including oysters) is diminishing due to the ingestion of microplastics (plastic particles smaller than 1mm).

Recently I’ve been road-testing Bio-Glitter (prices vary from 99p to £49.99) made by Roland Britton and distributed by Glitterlution and adore it.

Bio-Glitter is based on a biodegradable film that is certified compostable – on an industrial and domestic level. The film is made from non-GM materials from renewable sources. It is suitable for anaerobic digestion (a process by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material without the use of oxygen) and is marine and waste water biodegradable.
Available in different sized pieces, Bio-Glitter is precision cut so it looks exactly like conventional glitter. The pieces vary from super-chunky (suitable for crafting) through to super-fine cosmetic grade (which meets the EC Regulation 1223/2009) which is suitable for use near the eye area – many glitters aren’t.

Glitterlution stock around sixteen different shades and as with conventional glitters, these can be applied straight to the skin or blended with a gel for easier application. The bio element doesn’t impact on the glitter aspect either; it is just as reflective and eye catching. The big difference I noticed was the texture; they seem a lot softer to the touch than glitters I have used previously.

I’m a total convert to Bio-Glitter and plan to extend it’s use from my make-up kit to mine and my daughters crafting box too. As existing stocks of glitter deplete I will replace it with this greener alternative so we can continue to sprinkle glitter to our hearts content!

Have you considered using bio-degradable glitter?

* Glitter is the bane of a Make-up Artist’s life by the way; it gets absolutely everywhere and particles are found in brushes and in the kit for ages afterwards (often ending up in a make-up which shuld be glitter free)!

Images: LJS


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