Humans are naturally attracted to shiny things, a bit like flies being attracted to the blue light, which is probably why we all love glitter. Every time you decide to put glitter on your face for your favourite festival however, do you know that you’re actually contributing to damaging your environment and killing marine life?
Glitter is actually made of little tiny pieces of plastic and even more than that, it's one of the worst kinds of plastic because of its size. As glitter plastic is so small you can never clear it up properly and guess what, this means it can never be disposed of properly either. As it's a micro-plastic, glitter will always find its way into our ocean and therefore is small enough to reach any animal’s gullet.
Think about how many times you can use glitter as well, just once. It can’t even be re-used like a plastic tub or other plastic items. That makes all glitter instantly become trash, where it is non-biodegradable and too tiny to be filtered out during sewage treatment.
Microplastics are also in cosmetics such as exfoliating scrubs, toothpaste and makeup. All of this horrible plastic is filtering into the big blue- estimated to almost five trillion pieces floating around the sea
We don’t disagree with glitter being fun, of course we love the sparkles and shiny effect it gives, making us feel like glitzy mermaids. However, when it's ruining our ocean ecosystems and the food we eat, it's just not worth it. Therefore, so we can sparkle this summer while not harming the planet, we've found some biodegradable alternatives for you to use instead. Check them out and think about your planet before putting plastic on your face.
Price: From £3.00
Get the ultimate glitzy mermaid look for your summer festivals this year with Sparkle Pig Glitter! We absolutely love these face glitters; the colours are a stunning mix- these two pots would look great together! Put it on your face, in your hair, all over your body and be guilt free about it because they are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and vegan too.
Wild Bloomery ECO-Friendly Glitter
Price: From £2.02
Wild Bloomery are a family run business, offering beautiful eco-friendly glitter! All of their glitter packs and packaging are natural, recyclable, reusable & biodegradable - great for our earth.
ECO Glitter Fun
Eco Glitter is run by two festival loving individuals whose mission is to protect our earth from plastic pollution by bringing responsible sparkles into the world!
Eco Glitter Fun provide us with a wide range of glittery colours that are biodegradable; made from a certified compostable film that is sustainably sourced, non toxic, free of heavy metals and approved for cosmetic use.
Eco Star Dust are a little team of festival loving mermaids who love glitter and all things sparkly. They recognised the need to prevent people buying non-biodegradable glitter and are on a mission to provide awareness of environmental issues with a commitment to sustainable living.
Eco Star Dust design and make 100% biodegradable glitter, the glitter is made from Non-GMO eucalyptus trees, are vegan and are environmentally friendly.
Eco-Sparkles think you should be able to sparkle like the stars you are but still take care of our shared home. Anna and Nanna love everything sparkly and colourful and are on a mission to spread the guilt free sparkle.
Their high quality biodegradable glitter is made from sustainable sources, are 100% cruelty free and vegan!