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No Shimmer: Why Scientists Want to Ban Glitter
By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor | November 30, 2017 07:35am ET
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No Shimmer: Why Scientists Want to Ban Glitter
Kids' crafts may have to find another way to shimmer.
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It's sparkly, it's festive and some scientists want to see it swept from the face of the Earth.

Glitter should be banned, researcher Trisia Farrelly, a senior lecturer in environment and planning at Massey University in New Zealand, told CBS. The reason? Glitter is made of microplastic, a piece of plastic less than 0.19 inches (5 millimeters) in length. Specifically, glitter is made up of bits of a polymer called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which goes by the trade name Mylar. And though it comes in all sizes, glitter is typically just a millimeter or so across, Live Science previously reported.

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Microplastics make up a major proportion of ocean pollution. A 2014 study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE estimated that there are about 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic weighing a total of 268,940 tons (243,978 metric tons) floating in the world's seas. Microplastics made up 92.4 percent of the total count.

Most of those microplastics were flakes that had sloughed off plastic items that were originally larger, like water bottles, fishing gear or plastic shopping bags, that study found.

Microplastics are a problem because marine life mistakes the floating particles for food. Eurasian perch larvae, for example, often choose to eat plastic over its regular diet, according to a 2016 study in the journal Science. Unsurprisingly, that study found, a plastic-based diet was not great for the fish's long-term health and survival. Even zooplankton, the base of the ocean food chain, have been observed eating plastics.
 

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Well,
Bare ain't going to be too happy about this...
 
 

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I love rainbows and sparkle as much as the next kid but I have to admit I don't feel like the world would be any less wonderful without glitter. It's kind of kitschy and scratchy and it gets everywhere. Shimmer and holographs are big improvements.
 

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Well, I mean, if it helps the environment I could do away with glitter.

Only thing it's good for is elementary school, edm/raves, and strippers.
 
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