January 10, 2018
I.WAS. WRONG. Glitter BAD.
It's past time that I admit that I was wrong in my happy, published embrace of Sparkle and Glitter.
That was written August 9, 2017. In November 2017, these items showed up on the Internet:
Live and learn.... read 'em and weep....
Sorry, crafters and MardiGras mavens. Most microplastics (found in body washes and scrubs) will end up in the world's oceans. Being plastics, they will last several thousand years. Being sea life, sea life will eat them while they are floating around. WE consume them when we eat certain seafood. One study of fish caught in the U.K. ...found them in a third of said fish. They can leach chemicals into the water, too, apparently. Maybe that's the colorant that makes each little bit pink or green or whatever.
It's estimated that there are about 51 trillion leeeeetle shiny bits in the ocean right now. (I picture giant glittery swathes in the wakes of Caribbean cruise ships.)
Many got there from being in shower gels that got rinsed down the drain and... you know.
Now, before you get out and wind up your Guilt-O-Meter...I'd like to point out two Items to Ponder.
One, until recently, I liked glitter, and I'm sure I wore some into the shower. I never noticed ANY circling the drain. Or in the commode, either. Check it out. You don't have to report back to me.
Two, I eat canned tuna and sardines, and share them-- and canned kippers-- with my 3 dogs. There's sometimes a shiny metallic-looking sheen from fish skin in the cans. I've never seen any glitter or shiny microbeads. Have you?
I have good eyesight, too.
Okay. I saved the good news for last. The cosmetic chain “Lush” markets synthetic, biodegradable alternatives to glitter. There are probably others.
I am sorry if my joy-a-thon caused you to go out and buy more glitter.
Please... dispose of it responsibly.