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Glitter Has Become a Global Hazard

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  • Microplastic pollution is a critical issue that affects waterways and wildlife; it bioaccumulates easily and may ultimately end up on your dinner table
  • Discarded bottles, bags and straws break apart in the ocean to form microsized pieces measuring 5 millimeters or less; glitter is a preformed microplastic particle that washes down the drain and into the environment
  • Microsized particles of plastic are consumed by even the smallest forms of life in the ocean, affecting the function and health of wildlife
  • British scientists have developed a biodegradable form of glitter, also available in the U.S., made from eucalyptus and aluminum

By Dr. Mercola

Microplastic pollution is a critical issue affecting waterways and wildlife. Glitter is a form of microplastic that may harm marine life. A chain of 19 child care nurseries across southern England recently announced they were banning the use of glitter in their children's craft projects in an effort to reduce pollution.

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