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Scientists Want To Ban Glitter, In Case You Didn’t Think 2017 Could Get Any Worse

If you’re a glitter enthusiast, you might want to sit down to read this. I always hate to be the bearer of bad news (and if you didn’t think 2017 could get any worse I am SO sorry) but glitter is actually terrible for the environment and scientists officially want to ban the product of so many elementary school art projects, reports Valley News live.

The reasoning for this ban is because glitter is a microplastic, a plastic that is less than five millimeters long. Just like when CNN told us to say peace out to our microbead filled shower gels, this is the same situation. It’s so severe that, according to The Telegraph, UK nurseries have already banned glitter because of it’s harm to the environment, specifically the oceans.

Microplastics can be found in a third of all firsh caught in Great Britain. It’s also really bad for other animals because they easily ingest the small, but very dangerous to their health, objects found in glitter.

I mean, just look at this poor cat (as seen on Buzzfeed). He’s not a fan of this glittery bath bomb!

While we all love our sparkles, it might be time to prioritize the planet instead. 

Marisa Pieper is a student at Arizona State University studying Communication, Fashion, and Marketing (digital & traditional). She loves to discuss the latest style and beauty trends while also reporting on things that are important to her!