Scientists are calling for a worldwide ban on a craft supply they say is responsible for significant damage to oceans and sea life: glitter.
Experts have gone as far as to call glitter a “global hazard” for the damage it can cause to ocean life.
Glitter is a microplastic that is small enough to easily filter into oceans, where it can be consumed by sea life and cause internal damage that effects not only the fish, but whatever consumes it. If the microplastics are not consumed by fish, when they eventually breaks down they release harmful chemicals into the water.
The ban calls for action by cosmetic companies, which have previously had to ban a similar supply from their products in microbeads.
Scientists say microbeads and glitter should be treated no differently.