IF IT'S HOLO IT AIN'T ECO
Sorry to break it to you.
If your glitter comes in the shape of a heart.
It is your heart that will truely be broken.
Real biodegradable glitter only comes in a hexagonal shape.
So no stars, moons, circles or hearts.
Sad to say, but the so-called "biodegradable" holographic glitters are made with Cellophane™ they may meet the industrial composting standards. However will not break down totally in a natural environment. Your holo glitter will definitely leave a trace when you leave it behind.
Manufacturers claim holographic biodegradable glitter will degrade. However this can only be done in an industrial composter. NOT IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
EVEN IF THEY SAY IT'S PLANT BASED.
If it contains Polylacide it will not break down in a natural environment.
Holographic glitters shine oh so bright in an array of colours - we absolutely love that rainbow shimmer. But to get that magical rainbow effect, holographic glitters use an embossed base film made from Cellophane™ so they do not break down readily in the natural environment. Creating an embossed base film is not easy, and the embossing process has yet to be perfected for truly biodegradable base film.
So how can you spot the difference between actual biodegradable glitter and glitter claiming to be biodegradable or "ECO FRIENDLY"
STILL NOT SURE - TEST IT
Try this it's a VERY BASIC SCREENING TEST to determine if your glitter is microplastic or MAINLY BASED on PLASTIC, such as PET, PVC, PLA or Cellulose Acetate (not biodegradable in natural environments, IE Microplastic).
If the glitter melts it is mainly based on plastic and is a microplastic. However, this test CANNOT BE USED TO DETERMINE IF a product is 100% PLASTIC FREE or NOT MICROPLASTIC.
To prove a glitter is NOT A Microplastic requires more complex evaluation involving passing environmental biodegradability standards such as ISO14851 Fresh Water Biodegradation, the level of testing we subject our Bioglitter products to. The ‘ECHA Mircroplastic Proposal, Jan 2019’ defines what constitutes a product is a microplastic or not.
Method for basic heating or burning test:-
Heat or burn the glitter product. If it melts and sticks to the surface it’s on, the glitter mainly contains plastic. We find it's easiest to put the glitter on a sheet of aluminium foil and heat with a naked flame from beneath.
Always ask your supplier to provide scientific proof of biodegradability in the natural environment and that a product is not made from plastic. Don’t be mislead by basic composting biodegradation testing, this is NOT proof that a product will biodegrade in the natural environment. PLA and Cellulose Acetate compost, but, do not biodegrade in the natural environment. Therefore, if PLA or Cellulose are used to make a glitter, the glitter will be a microplastic and environmental pollutant.
FOR BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER THAT BREAKS DOWN IN NATURE
THAT WILL NOT HARM MARINE LIFE IF DIGESTED
GUARANTEED BIODEGRADATION IN A NATURAL FRESH WATER ENVIRONMENT
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Thanks to Ronald Britton the creators of Bioglitter® and Glitterevoloution for images in this blog post