How glitter is harming the environment
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We all know plastic bags are destroying the environment and the wildlife within it. However, there are the lesser-known evils of everyday objects and products we use of which the detrimental effects are still widely unknown. Take for example, plastic toothbrushes, cotton ear buds, and microbeads in shower prodcuts, to name a few. One that might surprise you the most, and almost certainly one that every student uses, is glitter. Luckily for us, a new environmentally-friendly glitter (Bio Glitter) has recently been produced!
Glitter Particles/ Image Credit: Inkwina on WikipediaIf I were to ask you what glitter is made of, would you know? Although you may not think it, most glitter is made from microplastic. It's impact may appear to be small due to its size, but this is in fact what makes it such a dangerous substance. The Independent claims that, 'their size makes them an appealing...food item for many animals'. Of course, when consumed by marine life, this plastic eventually ends up in the food we eat. In other words, glitter is bad news for all of us.
Glitter has become popular in make up, festivals and beauty in recent years / Image Credit: Mohamed on Pexels, What is the current impact? Right now, it is estimated that there are a whopping 51 trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. That's an incomprehensible amount. To make things worse it recently emerged that there were way more microplastics in the oceans than scientists had previously thought. The revelation came after a study conducted in a river near Manchester, UK showed that 'major floods in the area in 2015-2016 flushed more than 40bn pieces of microplastics into the sea'. That's just in one area of the tiny island that is Britain. Now think about how that adds up across the rest of the world.
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