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Scientists urge for glitter to be banned

Some scientists are calling for glitter to be banned due to its impact on the environment.

Most glitter is made from plastic, and the small size of its particles can easily pass through water filtration systems, making it a potential ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans. Dr Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University, told The Independent that “all glitter should be banned, because it’s a microplastic”.

Glitter has already been banned from a chain of 19 nurseries across the south of England. Cheryl Hadland, the managing director of Tops Day Nurseries, said she decided to ban glitter after realising that it is a microplastic which does “terrible damage” to nature.

She commented: “While glitter is only a small part of the microplastic load getting into watercourses and the sea, steps like these will all add up to something greater.”

Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glu is a great alternative, offering a fast, clean and mess-free way to add glitter to crafts. As the glitter is embedded in the glue, it doesn’t fall off and there’s none to sweep up after it’s been used, which could end up in the water system.

Ideal as a quick and easy application of glitter, kids can use Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glu on cards, pictures, posters and paper models to draw and fill shapes, write words, create fancy borders and lots more. As well as decorative purposes, the glue can also be used for sticking down items – which is great if it’s going to be seen through parchment paper or acetate sheets.

Rainbow Glitter Glu is safe to use in the classroom as it carries a CE Mark and has been designed to meet the stringent EC child safety legislation. The adhesive is non-toxic and solvent free and will easily wash out of clothing.

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