by Diana E. Perez
Glitter on your crafting, glitter in your makeup, glitter with your bath, glitter here, there, everywhere. Whether for crafting or cosmetics, glitter has become one of the most used materials to give your project that little extra something to make it shine, literally and figuratively. And there is nothing wrong with that! But as we now know, the complication comes afterwards, when the glitter is washed off or falls away and the harm its plastic components can do to the environment and the creatures living in it, including us.
Just as the joking says, that glitter can be found everywhere after it's used, the reality is that the small pieces of plastic really can make its way into all sorts of environments. What's more, that plastic will take hundreds of years to degrade, likely doing damage all the while.
But that doesn't mean that we have to give up our glitter enthusiasm! Biodegradable glitter (a.k.a. bio glitter or eco glitter) is a good option to replace the plastic-based glitter in all your projects.
About Bio Glitter:
With the abundance of creative projects in which you could use glitter, it is worth switching to bio glitter, especially for things you'll use on your body, such as makeup, bath bombs or soaps. Enjoy!
About breast cancer and aluminium: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet
About synthetic mica: http://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/SynFlu03201tr.pdf
What about mica? There are naturally-appearing minerals called mica that are mined and used in cosmetics and other industries to give products a glittery or lustre sheen to them. It is placed through a chemical process to give it different colours and reduce metal contamination that could be potential irritants. Synthetic mica is an artificial, lab-made and similar version of this mineral, with less metal impurities and smoother surfaces that reduce irritation. Minerals do not biodegrade, but mica, natural or synthetic, has not been found to be toxic to humans or the environment.