A few days ago, the European Union announced a ban that will delight environmental enthusiasts but may disappoint beauty enthusiasts who will have to adjust. We are talking about the EU’s ban on glitter, a decision that is part of an intensive strategy to reduce microplastic pollution by 30% in member countries. But what does this “Glitter-Ban” really entail?
The end of glitter
These tiny sparkling fragments, often made of a mix of aluminum and plastic, are one of the main sources of microplastic pollution. Microplastics, particles smaller than five millimeters, are found in many cosmetic products, face cleansers, toothpaste, and more.
Not all glitters will be banned
But beware, not all glitters are targeted by this ban. Biodegradable glitters are still allowed. However, the use of glitters, whether plastic or biodegradable, in cosmetics, nail products, and all other personal care items will still be limited in the coming years. This means there will be more sustainable alternatives for those who love that irresistible touch of shine.
A step forward toward a cleaner future
In Europe, it is estimated that between 52,000 and 184,000 tons of plastic pellets, similar to lentils, are released into the environment each year. These plastic pellets are then melted to create various products. The European Commission proposes measures to prevent the accidental release of these pellets, including certification of companies for spill prevention. Thus, this “Glitter-Ban” seems to be a step forward in the fight against pollution.
“In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, the ‘Glitter-Ban’ reminds us that even small changes can have a big impact. So, as we say goodbye to our beloved glitters, let’s welcome a brighter and more sustainable future.”