Are You Banned From Wearing Glitter to Festivals?
We want glitter to be around for the good times, but definitely not for centuries
The sun has set, the music has dimmed, and the dust has settled on a day and night of festivities... Only to realise that it wasn't dust that has settled at all; it's millions upon millions of microplastic particles in every colour of the rainbow.
Conventional plastic glitter is, in itself, a microplastic as each particle is less than 5mm in length. And although we cover our face, hair, nails and body in it to look beautiful for the next hottest festival or party, its environmental effects are far from beautiful.
Microplastics in beauty products are washed into our waterways after we use them and can end up in the stomachs of our marine life, as these small plastic particles are mistaken for food. These non-biodegradable particles then remain in their stomachs for the rest of their lives and even make it further up the food chain - to us!
In fact according to the WWF, humans are consuming roughly 5 grams of plastic per week. That is equivalent to the size of a credit card, which we want in our wallets to purchase festival tickets, not in our stomachs.
Microbeads are banned all around the world for the same reason; these tiny plastic particles persist in the environment as they are almost impossible to remove and do not degrade or dissolve in water.
By 2021, 61 United Kingdom festivals have committed to banning non-biodegradable glitter as part of the Drastic on Plastic campaign.
So, is Australia following in their eco-friendly footsteps?
Mardis Gras is Phasing Out the Plastic Problem
Mardi Gras has already banned balloons and plastic water bottles and will begin its journey to phase out plastic glitter in the next five years.
Mardis Gras' chief executive, Terese Casu, said the following regarding the initiative to the SMH, "We used to bring in about three tonnes of glitter from China."
"That goes in the gutter, it ends up in our oceans, our fish eat it, you find it in crab shells and oysters. We must be responsible and make really urgent changes."
It is fair to say that Mardis Gras is the shimmering light in a big revolution, in more ways than one. Bring on the eco-friendly rainbow glitter!
Sydney Festival, Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival discourage the use of single-use plastics, but is glitter completely banned?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that it is clear that the future of festivals is clean and green! We will no doubt start to see festivals take a harder stance on any festival tradition that has long-term adverse environmental effects.
Accordingly, the use of plastic cups and bottles as well as covering ourselves head to toe in festival glitter made from plastic will be phased out altogether.
So what is the beauty in all of this? Biodegradable glitter offers a 100% guilt free alternative that is in no way lacklustre.
Even better than that, our biodegradable glitters are made from 95% eucalyptus leaf, creating a glitter than is far more soft on the skin than its evil twin sister - plastic glitter.
Our glitters are cosmetic grade, meaning they are safe to use as glitter makeup, hair glitter, face glitter or body glitter! Find out the 5 ingredients in our glitters here.