Submitted by: Eileen Guo
Sparkly, shiny, bling—GLITTER! Commonly used in arts and crafts, glitter is popular on clothing, cards, bath bombs, and various art projects. However, glitter is made of small plastic particles. Since glitter is so small, it’s hard to filter out; as a result, these plastic particles end up in the stomachs of sea life. In fact, one third of fish in the U.S. contain plastic particles! Although glitter is truly beautiful, we need to reduce or even ban the use of glitter. If you must, use glitter for art projects, but don’t throw it away. Stay away from glitter in bath products, as when it falls down the drain, it won’t be filtered properly. It’s better to avoid something that is aesthetically pleasing than killing our beloved sea life.