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It’s Time to Ban Glitter – November 7, 2017

Glitter may be festive, but like other microplastics, it's a nightmare for human and animal health

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden.

“They really do get into everything, and despite their tiny size, they can have a devastating impact on humans and non-human animals,” wrote Trisia Farrelly, a social anthropologist at Massey University in New Zealand and an expert in waste plastics, in an email to AlterNet.

Bright Pink Water Glitter Texture Shiny Color Microplastics like glitter accumulate in our oceans and lakes and… more

by: Daniel Ross

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