Sparkle lost: Scientists call for global glitter ban

Glitter girls at the boohoo.com LA Pop-up Store Launch Party with Galore Magazine on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Tommaso Boddi / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Manufacturers have been urged to stop producing glitter because of the environmental damage the tiny particles cause, several reports suggest.

Used to make craft projects and fashion garments, scientists say the tiny plastic specks make it difficult to recycle water and animals end up consuming it.

READ: 'More plastic than fish' in oceans by 2050

Speaking to The Independent, Professor Richard Thompson said he was quite concerned by the glitter used in his daughter’s shower gel.

This observation prompted him to do a study and he discovered that a third of fish consumed glitter, mainly from water that went down the plughole.

Humans then consumed these fish, without realising that micro plastic was entering their bodies.

A third of fish caught in the United Kingdom had plastic particles in them.

Some states in the USA have banned the use of microbeads in beauty and health products.

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