All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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Humans love shiny, bright objects and glitter does that job very well. But guess what? Your sparkle is made of microplastics. Turns out that glitter is very bad for our environment.

The History of Glitter

Researchers say that our impulse toward shiny things like glitter comes from an instinct to seek out water. The theory is that our need to stay hydrated has kept mankind on the lookout for shimmering rivers and streams. And because of evolution, humans have an innate preference for things that sparkle.

Glitter has been used since the Paleolithic era. Mayans mixed glitter into pigments and used it to bedazzle 6th-century temples.

The glitter we use today wasn’t invented until 1934. New Jersey machinist Henry Ruschmann accidentally invented glitter after he took a load of scrap metals and plastics and ground it up to a very fine consistency. There are reports that the invention of glitter became popular during World War II, when American access to Germany’s glittering diamantine was cut off.

Most Glitter Is Very Bad For Our Ocean

 Now we know that humans love shiny, bright objects that sparkle, and glitter does that job very well. But guess what? Your sparkle is made of microplastics. Turns out that glitter is very bad for our environment.

What are we to do when we need some sparkle in our day?

No fear, biodegradable glitter is here. This awesome plant-based glitter won’t clog waterways or harm marine life.

This plant-based cosmetic grade glitter is biodegradable so it is an excellent choice for our oceans and environment. This glitter is super quality for when we need to bedazzle ourselves or our crafts projects and offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as conventional PET based glitter!

Eco-Friendly Glitter

Ocean Junkies’ Biodegradable Glitter is plant-based cellulose glitter. Each glass container comes with 5 grams of colorful glitter and comes in several colors. 



Why Do You Care?

Glitter is made from plastic sheets and used for those fun arts and crafts projects our kids do, as well as in our cosmetics. When glitter is washed down the drain, it immediately becomes part of the marine plastic litter collection in the ocean called microplastic.

These microplastics are consumed by plankton, fish, shellfish, seabirds, and other marine life. The greatest volume of microplastics come in the form of microbeads, which are manufactured plastic beads that are added to cosmetics and personal care products such as face wash and toothpaste. These microbeads do not degrade and in all probability will exist in the oceans for hundreds of years. 

The United States banned production of personal care products that contain microbeads July, 2017. Canada banned the use of microbeads in June, 2017.

What Can You Do?

When you buy glitter or cosmetics, please make sure it is made from safe, biodegradable materials so it will not end up polluting our oceans and other waterways. Check out Ocean Junkies’ line of glitter that is 100% natural and ocean friendly. 

As the mother of four children, including a set of triplets, it is important to me that my family all honor the earth, giving back and preserving the health of our oceans by making small changes in everyday life. Since beginning Ocean Junkies, my entire family has a new conscious awareness of using plastic straws and utensils in restaurants and how it’s related to the trash we see on the beach. It is my hope that through Ocean Junkies and other wonderful activist websites, we can raise awareness about plastic pollution and increase sustainable living by re-using what we have already created and creating from biodegradable and compostable materials.


Founder, Ocean Junkies