A Beautiful Weirdo™ Eco Glitter is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic based glitter. It has been developed to help tackle the part glitter plays in microplastic pollution. This glitter uses plant material as its base rather than polyester and will naturally degrade into harmless substances in the environment.
All A Beautiful Weirdo products are compliant with worldwide microplastic legislation.
Why is A Beautiful Weirdo™ Eco Glitter needed?
The world is facing a major issue with plastic pollution and glitter has played its own part. Being defined as a micro plastic, traditional polyester glitter takes hundreds of years to to degrade. Glitter in cosmetics can fall off in the natural environment, or get into the water ways after showering, which can then end up in our rivers and oceans. Once in the natural environment, glitter like all other micro plastics, can cause physical harm to small organisms and end up entering the food chain.
Therefore, making a glitter that would degrade in the natural environment is absolutely necessary to give a much more sustainable option for those who do enjoy glitter.
It is also important to be mindful that the extent of glitter pollution is very small in comparison to to other forms of micro plastic marine pollution such as vehicle tyre dust & fibres from man made fabrics. However, A Beautiful Weirdo™ believe that we should all be mindful of our impact we are directly contributing to keeping our planet safe.
How does A Beautiful Weirdo™ Eco Glitter work?
This eco glitter is made from a plant derived, specialised regenerated cellulose, extracted from eucalyptus grown in managed plantations operating to PEFC™ standards.
It is completely durable as a glitter on the shelf, however once the product enters the natural environment such as in soil or in water, microbes will degrade it turning it into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.
The speed of this decomposition depends on local environmental factors, but just like the properties of a leaf, the glitter will degrade faster in warm, wet conditions.
- Globally cosmetic compliant including EC regulation 1223/2009 and FDA Title 21 Cosmetic Regulations
- Specialised regenerated cellulose derived from renewable raw materials sourced to FSC standards
- Certified to OK Compost Home and Marine biodegradable to ASTM D6691-09 in addition to Industrial Composing Standards EN13432 and ASTM D6400.
A Beautiful Weirdo Glitter is packaged in a recyclable aluminium tin and a recyclable card box. Please note there is a plastic disk in top of the lid currently but they are hoping to remove these in the future. The labels are paper with a biodegradable topper.
These tins are great for reusing and super handy for keeping your glitter safe while travelling with or taking to parties and festivals!