You know those sparkling, glittery pieces you see in some cosmetics? Many contain polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or microplastics to give products that shimmer. However, when these tiny pieces get washed down the drain, they end up in our waterways, where they never break down and can potentially be toxic to marine wildlife. It’s estimated that billions of these plastic particles are flushed down the drain every day from glittery and exfoliating products.
Thankfully, you don’t have to forgo your love of glitter when it comes to any of our shimmering bath and beauty products. Instead, we’ve avoided microplastics by switching to mica and mineral glitter, as well as natural starch-based lusters. Our ingredient suppliers have worked hard to develop these plastic-free alternatives for our products, all of which are safe for the environment.
Everything that we wash down the drain will end up somewhere in our ecosystem—and in the case of non-biodegradable microplastics, they’ll stay there forever. The use of microplastics by cosmetics manufacturers is largely unregulated in most countries. Many companies resist changing the formulation of their products to remove plastics, even though natural alternatives are available.
To avoid being a part of the microplastics problem, start by checking the labels of all your cosmetics to determine if they contain any plastic-based materials. They’re often listed as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Of all the glitter and luster that flows out of your bathroom, some of it is guaranteed to make its way back to our oceans, rivers and waterways, but by choosing wisely, you can feel certain that it’s harmless.
Want more info? A simple google search for “microplastics” or “microbeads” will get you connected to various organizations like 5 Gyres Institute or the Ottawa Riverkeepers who are working to put an end these plastic particles forever.
To find out more about our products, give our customer service team a call at 1-888-733-5874 or visit your local shop to learn more.