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Ban Glitter to Save the Ocean
By Joseph Tepper, November 30, 2017 @ 09:38 AM (EST)
Source: The Independent

Scientists want the world to be a little less glittery so that the ocean can truly shine. A proposed ban targeting glitter could be instrumental in reducing microplastics in the world’s oceans, according to researchers at New Zealand’s Massey University. Most of those colorful glitter specks found in schools and ostentatious invites are less than 5mm in diameter—a dangerous size that can be eaten by fish and enter the food chain.

“I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic,” Dr. Trisia Farrelly, of New Zealand’s Massey University, told The Independent. Dr. Farrelly has studied the impact of microplastics on the ocean, and supports the ban of microbeads in soaps that currently exist in some U.S. states—but much more needs to be done.  

Most glitter is made of a plastic called polyethylene terephthalate. This plastic, also called PET, is especially dangerous as it can impact hormones when digested. Unless all glitter can be replaced by biodegradable versions, an outright ban might be in order.

Going to miss glitter? Here’s a GIF of the crab from Moana singing to remind you what really needs to be shiny—the health of our oceans.



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