Once you introduce glitter into your life, you can never free yourself of it — ever again. Look, glitter does have its good qualities. For starters, it’s a gem for mothers who are bad at crafts. One dash of glitter and these mothers become superheroes to their kids. Glitter is also key for the girls and guys starting their makeup journey. You may raise your cat eyeliner edges now, but your inner 13-year-old will never say no to a touch of glitter on those eyelids.
Glitter is THE bedazzler of our childhood. Who doesn’t expect a bit of glitter at their parents’ home when the Christmas tree is set up? This is the season for our cats to have glitter on their faces. The season for toddlers to get glitter on their eyelids, in their mouths and just about anywhere else.
The problem, of course, is getting rid of glitter once we are done with it. Glitter is hard to remove. No, impossible to remove. No matter what you use — vacuums, bleach, 10 gallons of water — glitter persists.
So, yeah, glitter can be nostalgic and fun. However, it also single-handedly tortures mothers around the world who try to clean up after their kids. Glitter infuriates caterers who must clean up after the glitter enthusiastic wedding guests leave the venue. This thing has probably led to more curse words than anything else.
But now, we’re learning that glitter isn’t just infuriating mothers and glitter-haters. This sparkly confetti is also pissing off scientists. And it turns out that they have every reason to be angry about glitter.
The reason they’re angry is that glitter is harmful to the environment. You see, once you finally manage to get that glitter into a bucket, then where does it go? Usually, it goes down the drain and that’s the problem.
Glitter contains microplastic, which “is the name for the tiny, virtually indestructible pieces of plastic pollution that often find their way into our lakes, oceans, and even our drinking water. And once they get into the water supply, they can choke or poison sea life.”
Glitter doesn’t look so innocent now, does it? Trisia Farrelly, of New Zealand's Massey University, told CBS that scientists aren’t too happy about this microplastic. “I think all glitter should be banned,” Farrelly stated.
Just so you know, glitter isn’t the only one carrying this source of microplastic. It can also “come from the microbeads found in many body washes and shampoos.” Something is already being done about this matter, which is why scientists want to tackle glitter next.
In fact, there already is “a partial ban on microbeads” in the US. Manufacturers “were supposed to stop putting them in rinse-off cosmetics back in July.” But as with all things, this one’s a work in progress.
Still, now that microbeads are being banned, glitter is being frowned upon more than usual and not just because it is annoying to remove. In fact, some nurseries in the UK have already banned glitter. Kids who even mention the G-word will be shunned.
Just kidding, but seriously, they are banning glitter from their activities. The good news is, you don’t have to choose between glitter or the environment if you love this mini sparkle sprinkles. You can have both.
On the other hand, if you despise glitter, then simply omit the last point of this article and focus on everything else. Tell everyone how harmful glitter is and tell your kids, too. If you’re lucky, you won’t ever have to see a smidge of glitter ever again. Unless glitter has already invaded your home. If that’s the case, then it’s too late now, you can’t be saved.