It’s not only the modern-day lover of all things sparkly who adores glitter. In fact, ancient Egyptians used to crush iridescent beetles in order to get their shine on.
That sounds brutal, but the evolution of glitter was far scarier than a few dead beetles.
The first version of modern glitter was made from tiny glass fragments which posed an obvious health and safety risk to its users. This led to a complete ban on glass glitter during World War 2.
Then, in 1934, plastic glitter was created when a man found a way to cut sheets of plastic as well as scrap pieces of plastic into tiny little shards known as glitter. This catapulted the world of glitter and remained the only method of glitter production until very recently.
Between 1989 and 2009 alone, more than 4.5 million kilograms of glitter were purchased. We can only imagine how much has been sold to date.
Why is plastic glitter bad?
Firstly, it’s safe to say that the war against plastic has reached global proportions and we are now faced with the very important responsibility of making choices which will have a positive impact on our precious planet.
If we look at how mainstream glitter is produced, we can easily see why it’s the bad choice when it comes to choosing how you will sparkle and shine.
First, multi-layered sheets are produced by combining reflective, colouring and plastic materials such as titanium dioxide, iron oxide, aluminium and bismuth oxychloride. These sheets are then cut into tiny pieces to produce glitter.
Not only are some of those materials hard to pronounce, they are near impossible to destroy. So, these tiny pieces of shine have an enormous impact on the environment and various eco-systems.
Eco-friendly glitter to the rescue – What is eco-friendly glitter?
In comes eco-glitter – and boy are we grateful for its appearance!
Mirror Moon Eco Glitter is biodegradable glitter.
It’s made from the plant cellulose of Eucalyptus trees ~ however there's a little more science behind it which you can find here!
In warm conditions together with water and micro-organisms, eco-friendly glitter breaks down within 90 days.
This makes your home compost the perfect place to bid farewell to your sparkles without any feelings of guilt.
Should your glitter land up somewhere that doesn’t offer all of the above factors, it may take a little longer for it to completely bio-degrade.
Just because it takes a little longer in imperfect conditions doesn't mean that it won’t biodegrade at all – unlike plastic glitter which takes decades to break down, if ever at all.
Mirror Moon Eco Glitter – Bio-degradable glitter Cape Town
We are eco-warriors who love the environment and eco-goddesses who love to spice things up with shimmer and shine.
Therefore, we have gone out of our way to make sure that you never have to give up the glitz and glamour. Oh, and did we mention that it’s cruelty-free? Yep, our glitter is not tested on animals and is 100% vegan.
Say goodbye to mass-produced plastic glitter and step into the world of biodegradable, cruelty-free glitter packaged with zero guilt and maximum sparkle.