All that glitters is not gold
Glitter is made from plastic sheets and used in a wide array of products, including cosmetics. When washed down the drain, glitter becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as microplasticNational Geographic.com
Little is being told about the harmful effects of glitter and how it can harm the environment. As Glitter is made using the same components used to make a plastic bag most of the glitter that we use ends up in the ocean and is eventually consumed by our marine life. If mussels, fish and other animals are ingesting glitter and micro-beads, these contaminants likely also pose a risk to humans that consume them – ABC.net.au
What’s even more concerning is glitter is widely used for different occasions and at times in very close contact to our sensory organs. This shimmery fairy dust might seem harmless but at the end of the day, its plastic we use.
“I have little girls and they have birthday parties, but I’ve mandated they only have parties every second year because it takes me two years to get rid of glitter from the last party, I still find it in some corners of the house imagine what’s it like for the environment”- Professor Ghadouanivia ABC news
Little is left to say as these micro plastics take years to degrade and sometimes are non-biodegradable.
Another component used to make glitter is Mica, which is a naturally occurring mineral found abundantly in India. Although the mineral possess some great properties, the mining of Mica is associated with child labor which is a disease to society.
An eco-friendly alternative
Our mission to make Australia sustainable, has helped us meet an inspired individual and eco-friendly entrepreneur in Dr. Claudia who is focused on making glitter fun again.
With a PhD in Material Science Dr. Claudia uses synthetic mica to make her glitter as it is safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly and does not involve child-labour. It does not contain any sharp edges and can be used around the eyes and on the lips. These are safe pigments that can go to landfill, down a plughole or back to the earth and will not interfere with the ecosystems.
ECOglitz is handcrafted with certified organic plants, a food-grade preservative and shimmering mineral powders. It’s an organic plastic-free vegan glitter cream and is easy to apply to face, hair and body. No nasty glitter glue needed. A product so pure and true, it doesn’t even need to biodegrade!
These products are available in over 20 stunning colors: liquid gold, metallic blue, bedazzling crystals. What’s even better is when washed off with water, the cream dissolves and nothing is left but dust. With no glitter bits on the ground! it’s a ‘Leave No Trace’ product that’s making glitter gold again.
Feel free to message Claudia on her FACEBOOK page or email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org to know more about how you can get eco-glittered up this doof season.