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Why one B.C. metropolis is seeking to scale back using glitter

Christy Somos, with a report and information from Internet Information Vancouver’s Angela Jung
Printed Friday, June 7, 2019 10:21PM EDT

The town of Richmond, B.C. is trying into decreasing using glitter due to the chance of micro-plastics air pollution.

“There’s been a growing concern of the environmental and health impacts of glitter, like we are seeing with many plastic products,” mentioned metropolis spokesman Ted Townsend.

Townsend mentioned town will look into alternate options after which determine what its subsequent steps will probably be.

‘Glitter bans’ have gotten extra frequent all over the world. Within the U.K final yr, 61 British music festivals banned their attendees from sporting glitter.

Cosmetics firm Lush, well-known for its sparkly tub bombs and eco-friendly merchandise, introduced it might change glitter with a biodegradable artificial substitute in January 2018.

The Richmond Metropolis Arts Centre has banned glitter ranging from June 24, and has already began to section it out of use.

A researcher on the College of British Columbia learning micro-plastics says that Richmond is the primary municipality she has heard of taking a tougher line on glitter.

“I think glitter is a really good starting point, it may not be the main contributor to plastic or microplastic pollution, but it’s certainly one of them,” mentioned lab technician Natalie Mahara.

Mahara says that microplastics are sometimes coated with chemical substances or toxins, that are dangerous to marine life.

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