About Biodegradable Glitter
What is it made from?
All of our glitter is biodegradable and made predominantly from a plant cellulose instead of PET plastic. The main ingredient is Eucalyptus Trees from sustainably farmed non-GMO plantations.
Full ingredients: Rayon (Regenerated Cellulose), Glycerin, Aqua, Urea, Styrene/Acrylate Copolymer, [+/- Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2), Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140:1), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Black 2 (CI 77266), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Aluminium (CI 77000)]
How is it made?
The plant cellulose is dyed with cosmetic grade dyes and then covered with the tiniest amount of aluminium in order to give it it's shine.
The cellulose is then fed through a glitter cutting machine and cut to the desired size and shape. We currently offer six different sizes all in Hexagonal shape.
As our glitter is cosmetic grade our standard size grain of glitter is smaller than traditional craft glitter. Our Chunky glitter would be the equivalent size of craft glitter, we then stock super chunky and Ultra Chunky. More information regarding glitter sizing can be found here.
What can it be used for?
Our glitter can be used for cosmetic applications or in crafts. It has been used in bath bombs, soaps and by schools.
As it is made from plants it is not resistant to some solvents so doesn't always work with nail applications. However, we sell samples on the site for you to purchase some glitter and see if it works for your project.
How long does it take to biodegrade?
The time taken for the glitter to biodegrade depends on a number of factors. If water, warmth and micro-organisms are all present then the rate will be faster. The glitter is home compostable and the best place for it is in soil as all the ingredients are present.
Concerns around aluminium?
Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earths crust, however some people have some concerns over its use in glitter. We want to put your mind at rest about this.
The amount of aluminium used is very, very small, around 0.1%. It is the tiniest layer in order to give the glitter some shine and a lot of plastic based glitter use aluminium too for adding an extra layer of shine.
There is a misconception that aluminium has been linked with Breast Cancer, however according to Cancer.gov there has been no scientific evidence to prove this.
The glitter should be applied on top of lip balm or some cosmetic balm which will also help create a barrier between your skin and the glitter if you are concerned.