Glitter Will Destroy the Environment, According to Scientists
You may have thought that the greatest threat to the world’s ecosystem was global warming, but scientists are warning of an even bigger danger: toddler’s art classes.
The Horror In The Classroom
But what is it that your 2-year-old is doing that could have such a devastating impact on life as we know it? Brace yourself, this is serious stuff.
The answer is glitter. Yes, the sparkly plastic stuff that children use in art classes at kindergarten all the time. While that’s pretty funny, scientists say it’s no laughing matter.
The Problem Is Microplastics
Plastic is a relatively new invention. It’s an oil byproduct, and that means we only started using plastics in the 20th century. Unfortunately, recent examination of the food chain has found microplastic contaminants in everything.
Microplastics are essentially any piece of plastic with a diameter of less than 5 millimeters. That makes the plastic easy to consume for animals, birds, and fish and thus it’s easy for it to get into the food chain which we sit at the top of.
Yes, glitter is a microplastic and scientists really don’t like it. “I think all glitter should be banned because it’s microplastic,” said Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand’s Massey University.
The Director of Tops Day Nurseries (Kindergartens) said of the UK, “There are 22,000 nurseries in the country, so if we’re all getting through kilos and kilos of glitter, we’re doing terrible damage.”
We would like to point out, however, that while there are indeed microplastics in our food chain, there is no substantive evidence at this moment in time that they are actually harmful. It seems possible that they are, but nobody actually knows. So maybe there is a little sparkle at the end of glitter’s tunnel, after all?
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