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Scientists call for global glitter ban

Wendy May

The Internet is suddenly ablaze with the news that traditional PET-based polyester glitter is basically sparkly microplastic pollution! This viral story seems to have sparked a few weeks ago when Tops Nursery in the UK announced that there will be no glitter for the kids this Christmas. Since then, everyone seems to be piling on to this idea that scientists say glitter is bad for the environment.

There haven't been any new scientific discoveries on this topic as far as we know. Scientists called for a global ban on microbeads way back in 2015. These latest "news" stories are simply taking something that is old news from the scientific community and now expanding it to encompass (and focus on) glitter. Of course, if you found your way here you probably already know that most commercially available glitter on the market today is a microplastic. We're glad you're here!

Just in the past week, we have seen articles by BBCNewsweek, NYTimes, CNET, Fortune and even Fox News! And there was this snazzy short video created by The Independent.