What is Pride without glitter? What is a childhood without glitter? How can there be joy without glitter? These are the serious questions I asked myself when it became clear that glitter was contaminating our earth. From fingernail polishes that twinkle, to eye shadows that sparkle, we are attracted to the glamour of glitter - but where does glitter come from and where does it wash away to after it’s luminous enchantment has come to a close?
Glitter as Ocean Pollution:
To put it plainly, glitter comes from plastic, and it’s direct impact on our environment is felt most notably in our oceans where microplastics have contaminated everything from the fish we eat and the beaches we enjoy.
Glitter Impacting Health:
Glitter has an adverse effect on your health: Some research has also found that PET, the plastic most glitter is made from, can break down and release chemicals that can disrupt human and animal hormones.
The United Kingdom and European Union are already taking measures to ban glitter, and conversations to replicate these same policy measures are taking place in the United States.
Ethically sourced micas and plant based “glitter” exist, and are used in peronsal care products like Au Naturale Cosmetics. Innovation in the world of glitter alternatives is on the rise and suppliers need your moral support to ensure these alternatives become the new gold standard!
Understanding glitter and it’s sustainable alternatives can help support your efforts to change the world with the power of your purse! So let’s get to it!