Stop Putting the “Litter” in Glitter!


Navigating one of glitter’s biggest holidays with an eco-conscious heart

For many of us, when we think of Valentine’s Day, it’s difficult not to picture glitter somewhere in the mix! Whether it’s glued in a heart shape on the front of a hand-made card, adhered to decor on top of a cupcake, or as an essential part of a Valentine’s Day craft, glitter has made its mark on the beloved holiday. Unfortunately, it’s also making a lasting mark on the environment.

 

Traditional glitter is frequently made up of aluminium and polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. Widely un-recyclable, when glitter is discarded and begins to break down, PET takes the form of microplastic, making its way into our water, soil and into animal and human consumption. Not only a culprit of endocrine disruption, these microplastics can take 10-20 years to break down while the aluminium can take a staggering 80-200 years to completely decompose.

If you’re a glitter enthusiast and want to add some sparkle to the special day, there are ways to shine while using glitter with a manageable shelf-life. The first step in making the best choice for the environment? Make sure to check the label!

 

Eco-friendly glitter should have cellulose, a plant based extract, as the number one ingredient.The naturally sourced, raw material has a softer feel than traditional glitter and is usually hexagon shaped. This choice may also result in fewer color options and more monetary investment, but it won’t leave the Earth stuck with our temporary glitz.

Ethically sourced, biodegradable glitter is becoming more widely available. Dedicated distributors like Eco Glitter Fun and private sellers on Etsy make ordering satisfying, environmentally safe sparkle simple. Want to make your own biodegradable glitter? Check out our Instagram page for a recipe and inspiration!