Campaigners call on British Government and supermarkets to ban glitter

 Campaigners call on British Government and supermarkets to ban glitter

Environmental campaigners have called on the Government to ban glitter from being sold in the UK, to stop the damaging effect of microplastics.

David Innes from campaign group 38 Degrees said “supermarkets should be moving faster”.

A petition hosted by the group claims: “the UK could reduce the global impact of these harmful micro-plastics by banning them as soon as possible.

“Please Mr. Gove, [the Environment Secretary] do the responsible thing and ban micro-plastic glitter and lustre from the UK.”

Traditional glitter is made from tiny fragments of plastic and aluminium, though biodegradable alternatives are available, including from Amazon.

Plastic glitter
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David Innes said: “Glitter might look lovely but, because it’s plastic, it sticks around long after the sparkle has gone – often in the stomachs of fish and birds.

“Some major supermarkets are moving to ban these harmful microplastics, but the British public is clear; supermarkets should be moving faster to tackle plastic waste.”

Dozens of British festivals have banned non-biodegradable glitter from being sold at their events, including Glastonbury and Association of Independent Festivals members who have signed the organisation’s “Drastic on Plastic” pledge.

Aldi and Waitrose have already pledged to be totally glitter-free by 2020. Marks & Spencer has been trialling a biodegradable alternative.

To sign the petition calling for a total UK ban on traditional glitter, visit the 38 Degrees website.

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