For years a key part of getting ready for a day of festival fun, an outdoor summer event or attending a music gigs has been to pile as much glitter on your cheek bones as possible. However, we forget that glitter doesn’t only haunt our make-up bag for months after, but the environment too. Is glitter no longer cool and actually a taboo?
For something so tiny you wouldn’t believe the damage it can cause, in fact, 60 UK festivals including Boomtown and Shambala this year have promised to remove any traces of glitter from their campsite by 2021and have asked festival goers to leave their pots of joy at home. A new petition has been addressed to the Secretary of State for Environment, Michael Gove, for it to be banned in the UK altogether.
I bet you didn’t know that glitter actually takes 1,000 years to biodegrade? That it is also a fossil fuel? and that even the minute plastic particles can cause harm to our oceans and wildlife? Nor did we. We’re all guilty of using fast fashion brands, cheap packaging on beauty products and now using glitter in the sunshine, but this is definitely something we’re working towards as a younger generation promoting the change we wish to see for our future children.
So what is our alternative? I’d like to introduce to you… biodegradable glitter. Synthetic mica has been used by ethically driven brands to provide a shimmery alternative.
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Text: Ellie Botti
Images: Vogue, Gypsy Shrine, Style Caster