"All That Glitter? It’s Not Good, Critics Say"

"An alarming news item began to make the rounds in November, just in time to ruin the holidays: Glitter is not good for the environment, and some people are trying to ban it.

It’s partly true. Some scientists are talking more about the dangers posed by the sparkles used in children’s crafts and some cosmetics. Most glitter is made with plastic, and when it drifts into a landfill or down a drain, it can become a microplastic pollutant. Those small pieces of plastic are not always caught by water filters, so they seep into oceans, lakes and rivers.

But if you want to make a shimmering snowflake for the holidays this year, don’t worry. You won’t be on the wrong side of the law."

Jacey Fortin reports for the New York Times November 30, 2017.

Source: NY Times, 12/01/2017