Goodbye glitter

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Tonight is time to celebrate and I have one important tip for all the glitter loving party goers reading this blog!

Taking a look back at the year that passed, the sustainable agenda has suffered a great setback with the Orange Man’s pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement. However discouraging it was, it also showed how the rest of us care about the climate when the statesmen refuse to. States and cities in the US defied the Orange Man and committed to the Paris Agreement anyways. Hooray for them!

But before this turns into a political conclusion of the year 2017 (being a political scientist, I’m trying my best not to get carried away here….), let’s get to the practicalities! The politicians talk all they want, but it’s up to us to make the change happen. And we can do so very easily.

I have wanted to make a blog post about microfibers polluting our waters for a long time. I wanted to find some cool DIY ideas to making washing cloths etc without microfibers. But New Year’s celebrations provided me with another opportunity to talk about it without getting too creative in the knitting department. Because another type of microfiber that is polluting our water is glitter. Yes, glitter.

Let it sink in, party girls out there.

I might love to nerd politics, but I also love to dress up. Get all glittery, dance to 90s hits and drink colorful drinks. But it seems that the glitter I used to have in my hair, in my clothes or on my shoes (and everywhere else the following morning) is damaging our water.

It might shock you too, but glitter is not a natural phenomena (I know, rough stuff, this post). It is actually crushed plastic. So basically microfibers. And therefore, not really worth the fun.

There are only two other ways to use glitter: 1) I saw some edible glitter at my grocery store today. If it’s edible, it can’t be plastic. I would assume that it’s made from sugar. Not sure that it works for everything though, but I have to try it out. Maybe it melts and get all nasty on skin, but it might work as decoration for the table.

2) Glitter is actually an ancient phenomena, if not natural, then at least not new. But it wasn’t always made from plastic but from powdered minerals. The Mayans and the ancient Egyptians should apparently have used it for wall decoration and some kind of cosmetics. If anyone is up for powdering some minerals, let me know.

If not, then 2018 will be a glitterless year for me. New Year’s resolution no 1. Getting rid of microfiber everything, resolution no. 2. If you want more inspiration on that, check out Plastic Pollution Coalition’s “15 Ways to Stop Microfiber Pollution Now”.   

Happy New Year to all our readers.

The grass is always greener where you water it, so let’s make the new year greener than the last.


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