Zero plastic bio-glitter is a type of glitter that is made from biodegradable materials and does not contain any plastic. Traditional glitter is typically made from tiny pieces of plastic, which can take hundreds of years to degrade and can have negative impacts on the environment.
Zero plastic bio-glitter is typically made from plant-based materials, such as cellulose from eucalyptus trees or sustainable wood pulp and is designed to break down naturally in the environment. Some manufacturers of zero plastic bio-glitter also use natural dyes and pigments to colour the glitter, further reducing its environmental impact.
Zero plastic bio-glitter is often used in a variety of applications, such as in cosmetics, crafts, and decorations. It provides a sustainable alternative to traditional glitter, which can have harmful effects on marine life and ecosystems when it enters the environment.
It's important to note that not all "biodegradable" glitter is created equal, and some products may still contain small amounts of plastic or other materials that do not degrade as quickly or easily as advertised. Therefore, it's important to look for glitter products that are certified as truly biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Additionally, proper disposal of glitter, even if it is biodegradable, is important to minimize its impact on the environment.
What are micro-plastics and why are they bad?
Microplastics are small plastic particles, typically measuring less than 5 millimeters in diameter, that are found in the environment. They can be created by the breakdown of larger plastic products, such as water bottles, bags, and containers, or from sources such as microbeads in personal care products, synthetic textiles, and industrial waste.
Microplastics are a major environmental concern because they are virtually indestructible and can persist in the environment for hundreds of years. They are known to be ingested by a variety of marine life, which can cause harm to the animals and potentially work their way up the food chain to humans. Microplastics have been found in a range of environments, including oceans, freshwater systems, and even the air we breathe.
Research into the effects of microplastics on human health is ongoing, but studies have suggested that they may have negative impacts on our immune system, endocrine system, and overall health. Additionally, microplastics have been found in food and drinks, such as bottled water, and are suspected of being a source of exposure for humans.
To address the issue of microplastics, many countries and organizations have implemented bans or restrictions on single-use plastics and microbeads in personal care products. Efforts are also underway to develop new technologies to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated and to improve the management of existing plastic waste.