Environmental scientists are now spreading the urge to ban glitter worldwide because it is a microplastic and it causes a lot of damage to the environment.
Glitter is used mostly in arts and crafts and it is made of small plastic particles for which scientists say that they get into the ocean and the environment where animals are eating it, CBS Philly has reported recently.
The professor Richard Thompson has made a study and found out that a third of fish that is cought in the UK has contained plastic particles.
“I was quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it,” Thompson said for The Independent. “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”
It is known that small pieces of plastic are polluting the ocean and also the Great Lakes, according to the National Ocean Service report. Microplastics can come from a lot of places, but the biggest threat are microbeads – tony pieces of plastic that are often used in beauty products. They are very dangerous because that can easily pass the water filtration system and of course – end up in the lakes and the ocean.
BBC reports that some Biritsh nurseries has banned using glitter in order to stop the terrible damage this art supply does to the environment. Also, some states in the U.S. has stopped using microbeads in health and beauty products.