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Scientists Claim Glitter Is a Global Hazard and It’s Time to Ban It

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I hate glitter. It’s lie sand but worse. The herpes of the craft world. That s*** never goes away. Once you think you’re safe and it’s gone… BAM, it pops up again.

Well, thankfully some scientists are now on my side on this and are calling for an outright ban on glitter. Is it because they don’t like it either? Well, they don’t, but for a different reason.

“I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic,” Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand’s Massey University said.

Just what are microbeads? They’re any plastic that is less than 5 millimeters in length, and are basically what glitter is, but they’re also found in facial scrubs and body washes. Microbeads can become a hazard to the environment as a recent study showed a third of fish caught in Great Britain contained plastics.

Some British nurseries have already put a ban on microbead items starting in 2018.

“There are 22,000 nurseries in the country, so if we’re all getting through kilos and kilos of glitter, we’re doing terrible damage,” director of Tops Day Nurseries Cheryl Hadland told the BBC.

In America, seven states have already passed legislation to restrict the use and sale of items with microbeads.

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