Glitter Without Litter



In December I was demonstrating creative gift wrapping to many groups. I have been doing this for some years now and realised that as I have a platform I also have a duty. So I always touch on the recycling of wrapping paper. I know many people love glitter (and also unicorns and flamingoes!) so I’ve suggested they restrict it to the gift tags so that at least the majority of their wrapping can be recycled.

In December though, the tide turned, and at every demonstration I presented people were asking me questions. Every time I listened to the radio there were mentions of glitter and calls for it to be banned because essentially it’s chopped up plastic!

So, I started researching eco friendly glitter and indeed there are a number of small companies selling it. I wasn’t sure that it could be used in crafts because that isn’t reflected on their websites, which are full of pictures of happy smiley faces all glittered up festival-style.
But the good news is it can be used in crafts too.

It is cosmetic grade and there are no toxic chemicals. It’s 100 per cent vegan and approximately 30-40per cent softer on the skin. This is a great reason alone when you think how many young children have face painting done at events. The eco glitter is made from plant cellulose, instead of plastic,so it’s a lot softer and not like the old style grainy, sharp plastic glitter.
The two companies who sent me glitter to try are

The glitter you’ve been using up until now is basically micro plastic and this takes hundreds of years to decompose. Plastics and micro plastics pollute are oceans, killing marine life. You’ve seen this on the news…. you know this!

Any of the companies who are involved with eco glitter I’m sure are good, but I discovered that Eco Stardust was actually on my doorstep so I went along to meet Kath, the owner.
Kath is a lovely, enthusiastic young lady and it was a real pleasure to spend time with her.i particularly loved that 10 per cent of Eco Stardust net profits go to charities or environmental bodies. The day we met Kath was telling me that she had just moved her business from one side of Bristol to the other. She is now trying to make her office storage more environmentally friendly with the use of bamboo and glass, which reflects her beliefs. Her team of four decant glitter into small aluminium pots, which can be reused or recycled. The glitter remains stable as long as it’s kept dry.

Would that be a challenge for crafters? I decided to experiment. I used glue stick and PVA and watered down PVA. In all cases it was successful. I was in a warm room so it dried quickly and I imagine if something had to be left overnight to dry, the glitter might start to decompose.
I’ve been so impressed with the product that I’ve decided to only use Eco Stardust at my Gift Frippery workshops and ditch the old plastic glitter. I’m smitten!

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