Compostable Glitter Is Actually Bad!
Learn the truth about the many alternatives to standard glitter being introduced to the market. Are all of them good? What companies can you trust? Being “biodegradable” is good enough?
The cosmetics industry needed to develop an alternative as we learned more and more about the damage plastic glitter causes to the environment. Many companies rushed to make claims that lead to as many misconceptions as products being offered.
10 Things You Should Know by Now about Plastic Glitter
Plastic glitter is not good for the environment
It easily passes through the water filtration systems
Ends up as garbage floating in the ocean
Micro-plastics forming glitter take centuries to biodegrade
It is part of the huge garbage islands living in the sea
Micro-plastics house harmful bacteria
Fishes and other ocean organisms consume micro-plastics
Governments around the world are banning plastic glitter
In 2015, the US has banned micro-beads, which are made of micro-plastics
Many alternatives to plastic glitter are currently being offered
Manufacturers wanted to keep glitter alive. For that reason, they developed a special glitter with the intention of having an environmentally friendly alternative for those who are not willing to give up the sparkle and fun of the popular cosmetic.
What is Biodegradable Glitter made of? Make sure it biodegrades in nature!
It must have natural or naturally-derived ingredient involved in the manufacturing process. However, before choosing the right one, you should know the following;
It will make you shine as standard glitter, but it does not harm the environment
It is usually made from plant cellulose
There are some “biodegradable” products that do not biodegrade in nature (i.e. compostable glitter does not biodegrade in nature)
Only the fresh water test certifies that a glitter actually biodegrades in the natural environment
Companies selling compostable glitter and PLA glitter claim they are biodegradable, but they do not biodegrade in nature
Why Compostable Glitter Does Not Biodegrade?
Compostable products need specific temperatures, pressure, and bacteria to actually biodegrade. These elements cannot be found in the natural environment therefore the compostable glitter remains unchanged just like a conventional one.
In order to biodegrade compostable glitter, users would need to pick up every little glitter particle out of their bodies and take them to a compostable plant. Therefore it is impossible that users would do that, especially after getting back home with a celebration hangover!
Why PLA Glitter Does Not Biodegrade?
PLA glitter is made of a polymer containing high levels of polylactic acid molecules, which need water to be broken up.
This glitter requires heat and moisture to biodegrade, but PLA glitter is usually thrown in the trash where it cannot be exposed to the two elements needed for biodegradation. That is why it remains in the environment as an ordinary glitter would normally do; it remains unaltered.
Biodegradable Glitter and the Fresh Water Test
True biodegradable friendly glitter needs to prove its biodegradability passing the fresh water test. Consumers need to make sure the results show around 90% decomposition. Many manufacturers claim to offer biodegradability but their results only show 10-13% in the same test.
What companies can you trust?
Safe glitter is hard to find, it is not next to standard glitter in the shops, but it does exist! You may find many “biodegradable” products, but you want to check two things when looking for a naturally biodegradable glitter;
It actually biodegrades in nature
It should biodegrade in around 90% or more
Only the companies offering products that have passed the fresh water test showing high levels of biodegradability can guarantee their glitter actually biodegrades in nature.
Let’s explain this in a better way... You do not want to get an organic product that is only 10% organic and the rest is made of fertilizers, right? Then you should not get a biodegradable glitter that only biodegrades in a very small percentage.
Compostable glitter is made of cellulose acetate, which is an ingredient used in the manufacture of cigarette butts… You do not want a cigarette ingredient on your face, do you?
What does Today Glitter offer?
Today Glitter is a company offering a glitter that has passed the fresh water test with aprox 90% biodegradability. It guarantees that 100% of their biodegradable glitter comes from Bioglitter (*).
Today Glitter brand is a verified reseller of Bioglitter and it never mixes its products with plastic glitter or not actual biodegradable glitter. You can actually see that claim at Bioglitter consumer website (https://www.discoverbioglitter.com/where-can-i-buy-bioglitter/)
Today Glitter is constantly developing new products and it always aims for perfection. Its mission is to offer 100% biodegradability in their upcoming products.
If what you want is to enjoy the perks of glitter and have fun without damaging the environment, then Today Glitter is the right option for you!
(*) Bioglitter is the only glitter manufacturer that underwent a fresh water test carried out by a third party entity, which verifies and guarantees its biodegradability in nature.