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Action: Avoid plastic glitter in crafts and play

Did you know that most children’s or craft glitter is non-recyclable plastic?

Here is a really good example of a use of plastic that is truly useless, and does immense harm, and is easy to stop!

If you use glitter in crafts or in kids’ play, please make sure you don’t use glitter made from plastic.

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Why is this important?

Some scientists have called for a complete ban on glitter – and we agree – because the particles are polluting oceans and damaging or killing marine life.

Most glitter is made of a plastic known as mylar (polyethylene terephthalate).

It’s not as if glitter can possibly ever be recycled, or even recovered for incineration, because it is too small. Instead, it ALL ends up in the environment, ultimately being washed into our waterways and then oceans.

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Marine life mistakes glitter for food, which results in poisoning.

What’s worse, every tiny sparkly bit breaks up into ever smaller pieces, but never really goes away. These “nanoplastic” microscopic particles are entering the marine food chain – which means damage to those ecosystems and that eventually it turns up on our own dinner plates when we eat fish.

These ingested plastics are known to cause all sort of problems, including being linked to various cancers.

Amongst others, Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand’s Massey University has been quoted as saying that all glitter should be banned because “producers should not get away with making a profit out of the production of disposable, single-use plastics, while bearing little responsibility for the damage.”

Typically, craft glitter consists of layers of plastic and a thin reflective layer. These are bonded into a thin sheet, then cut into tiny shapes.

Think about how difficult it is to clean glitter up after using it for arts and crafts – and now imagine trying to clean it up out of the environment. Simply impossible.

Take action

Please, please, in your arts and crafts, and in kids’ play, avoid the use of glitter.

To avoid doubt, it is best to stop using it altogether, especially in schools where it typically gets used in large quantities.

But, if you HAVE to use glitter (for some strange reason!), then make sure you use a suitable eco-friendly alternative; there are some tips at this link:

Thank you!

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