How Glitter is harming us

Don't leave a guilty glittery footprint on this mother earth. It's not pretty, just pretty uncool. In this article, I'm sharing biodegradable alternatives with you. No fear, you will shine on!

It’s summer, it’s festival season and I can understand your feelings. You want to be outside in the sun, forgetting your worries and just have a good time with your friends, listening to awesome music, seeing your favorite bands and looking like a fabulous crazy version of yourself.

Of course, you can use as much glitter as you want – but please use the alternative bio glitter that doesn’t last in our environment for over 100 years. No, I am not joking, it really lasts that long. We don’t even last that long.

The regular petroleum-based glitter is aluminum-coated plastic and stays longer on this beautiful planet than a human being. I bet you don’t feel good about the thought of putting such bad ingredients like petroleum, aluminum, and plastic on your skin and you probably wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for the glittery effect.

The normal, let’s call it bad glitter causes damage in our waterways, disrupts marine life, as well as other animals like birds and insects and ends up in our human food chain. On top of it all, you risk that your glitter is being sourced using child labour. If you haven’t known about it, it’s okay, don’t feel bad – I just happened to know about it too. But let’s make a change right now and stop using bad glitter during our festival trips and once and for all, ’cause harming the environment is generally pretty uncool…

Here are a couple of harmless bio organic alternatives that sparkle just as gorgeous…

Illustration © Jana Malderle

A big thank you to Mandy for her original Photograph © Courtesy of Mandy Barker

This is not a sponsored post. 

  1. We in our quest to strive are harming mother nature for food, for fashion, for beauty. It is good to know that there are alternatives available for those sparkling glitters. Thank you for sharing this information.

  2. I have never understood why people wear glitter. I mean, it looks really cool so I understand that. Just that I don’t know how I would ever get the glitter off of myself!

  3. My son worked at a hobby store for a couple of years. The reason he quit? Glitter. I kid you not, he said he was forever sweeping up glitter, either from containers of it that had spilled or that which had brushed off something. I’ve never thought of it in quite the same way ever again! x

  4. OMG! I didn’t know that glitter harms nature and has a risk of using Child Labor. Luckily, I haven’t used glitter from any of these companies and also, I have used glitter for a couple of times only. Thanks

  5. I don’t recall using glitter myself but I also didnt know of all these harmless alternatives. Thanks for sharing all these, very useful information.

  6. My cousin who recently got married,d forgot her confetti. I opted to go to the store and buy some, but she gave me a sharp warning that it must be biodegrade, I thought whatever, but she is right about the importance.

  7. That’s so sad if glitters really stay for a hundred years. So, I guess I’m going to use the bio-glitter you’re suggesting. Thanks for the info.

  8. Thank you for your informative post! It’s important to raise awareness on issues like that, even if they seem tiny, they add up to a much bigger issue; plastic pollution.

  9. Oh nooo… i love glitters. I like sparkly things. Thank u so much for providing this alrernative. but i’ll also probably lessen my use of glitter if it can do harm to our Mother Nature.

  10. Elizabeth O

    Really alarming article.The ingredients are really harmful for us.It’s better to stop using this glitters.

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