Why Scientists Want To Ban Glitter Makeup
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Glittering makeup has practically become synonym for New Year's Eve. It wouldn't be 31 of December if your face is not douse in festive flecks mainly made of plastic. And with the glitters becoming chic, there's never been a better time to give in to the sparkling mode.
Even though it seems quite normal for us, scientists aren't taking too kindly the idea and desire for lightening up our eyelids, brows ,tongues or booties. Contrary, experts are going too far, calling the glitter a "global hazard," and mainly due to the environmental impact it causes.
Here's the point: The dark side of shimmer goes way beyond the possibility of only staining the bathroom sink. Most glitter is made from plastic, and those small-sized particles can be a potential case of ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans.
"I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic.” said Dr Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University.
Those microplastics are fragments of plastic less than 5 millimetres in length. Their size and shiny structure makes them an appealing but dangerous food item for many water animals.
Marine animals from plankton to whales are not the only sea animals that have been documented eating plastic, often with fatal consequences. Microplastics can end up even in our intestines by consuming seafood. An Insider reports, the study led by Professor Richard Thompson reported that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish. Additionally, some estimates place the number of microplastics in the world's ocean at up to 51 trillion fragments in total. In fact, Professor Thompson reported that a third of caught critters in the UK have ingested plastic.
[Glitter] is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment," UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove added.
This is also harmful to any humans who themselves might eat such fish, especially knowing that glitter is made of aluminum and PET, a type of plastic that is full of cancer-causing toxins.
However, before this news change your mind about turning your face into a walking disco ball, have in mind that there are alternatives that will allow you to ethically glitterfy your face by using some of the already existing biodegradable glitter. So let the party begin!