Glitter And Confetti Are Harming Our Food Supply

August 18, 2017

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Confetti and glitter can add a bit of pizazz to any occasion.  It adds sparkle to makeup and although all of this flash appears to be harmless, most glitter is made up of plastic and aluminum bonded with polyethylene terephtalate (PET) which can have lifelong effects on us all.  Much like the microbeads in hand sanitizers, these tiny pieces end up as part of the 800 tons of plastics that end up in our oceans every year.  The problem is fish and sea creatures eat them, which in turn we eat.  During it's time in the oceans, taking hundreds of years to decompose, their chemical structures change and attract toxic chemicals that disrupt hormone systems of the animals that eat them, including humans.  Sadly, there appears to be no push to ban plastic confetti and glitter but you do have a choice. There are many non-plastic, biodegradable glitter cosmetics, lotions and soaps on the market.  However you need to read the label.  Avoid glitter items that contain polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP) substances.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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