A few months ago, I posted what has become a very popular blog post on DIY alternatives to conventional plastic glitter. The fact that conventional glitters are made from plastic is a fact that has escaped a lot of people. I don’t think glitter has ever seemed anything other than innocuous, crafty, and fun. It is rather sad then, that a microplastic menace is lurking in schools, kindergartens, and home craft cupboards everywhere. Increasingly, the general public are getting the message that microplastics and plastic pollution is a huge problem. Now we just need alternatives and sustainable options to chose instead.
Since I started making alternatives to glitter for my kids to use, I have talked to lots of people about it. I have now had the thumbs up on my DIY glitters from the kids at our church sunday school (where we used them to construct a sign pointing the way to the kids corner), and from one of the teachers at school. My own kids love the homemade sustainable alternatives, and they really haven’t missed the sparkly kind very much.
I have now discovered fully biodegradable eco-glitter thanks to my dear husband, who noticed it and decided to surprise me. Three Mamas eco-glitter looks like conventional glitter but instead of a plastic base, it’s made from non-GMO Eucalyptus cellulose, from a renewable source, and it is biodegradable. Now we can have fun making our own, but still have a source of sparkly glitter for those special things that just need some extra pizzazz. This glitter comes in both fine and chunky sizes and it comes in a large variety of colours. Possibly the cutest part of this glitter is that you can get it in teeny tiny glass bottles with tiny corks. I am a sucker for tiny things and and these push all the right buttons with me. Miss 9 is pretty captivated with them as well, because they look like fairy wish jars.
Three Mamas eco-glitter is vegan, and safe for use in cosmetics. It takes about 6 months to break down in compost or marine water. Their website has a number of positive reviews. So all in all a great discovery.
Microplastic contamination of the oceans is one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns. Microplastics are defined as small particles of plastic that are 100nm to 5mm in size . These microplastic particles are small enough to be ingested by many organisms and as a result there are concerns about bioaccumulation in our food chain.
The problem of microplastics is a huge one, and one that we are only now beginning to grapple with. The impacts and consequences are far-reaching and long lasting, and the true effects of marine organisms and even ourselves won’t be known for decades. I know that craft and cosmetic glitter can seem a bit insignificant in the greater scheme of things, but we all have to start somewhere, and ditching plastic glitter is as good a place as any to begin. Little steps conquer big mountains. Each person that starts questioning and thinking about issues such as plastic pollution is one part of the solution. Why not show your children that there is a better way? Help them to be part of the change.