Bad News For Festival Goers As Scientists Call For Ban
Glitter seems to have become the global symbol of festivals. Whether it's in people's hair, beard, on their skin or in their makeup, glitter is never missing from music festival looks these days.
But if you're one of these people that likes to coat themselves in the sparkly substance when going out for a boogie with your mates, we're sorry to say that we don't have good news for you...
Environmental scientists are calling for a worldwide glitter ban!! And not because they hate the look of the stuff that has become a fashion staple, but because it's apparently terrible for our environment.
The reason being that glitter is made up of small plastic particles known as microplastics which can easily get into the ocean and other environments, and be consumed by animals.
The idea for the ban started when professor Richard Thompson conducted a study which found that one third of fish caught in the United Kingdom contained traces of the plastic particles.
"I was quite concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter particles in it," the professor said.
"That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment."
And professor Richard Thompson is not alone with many other scientists including Dr. Trisia Farrelly from New Zealand's Massey University, agree that glitter should be banned.
In fact, some states in the U.S have already banned the use of the microbead product in beauty and health products.
So if you're one of these millennials who feels that their festival outfit isn't complete without a splash of glitter, we suggest you stock up for your next event and get it out of your system while you still can. Because one day soon it might not be possible.