Glitter or Litter?

Here’s our handy guide to help you tell the difference between traditional plastic glitter and biodegradable glitter



Biodegradable glitter is only available in a limited range of colours. Anything chunky and holographic is certainly plastic.


Biodegradable glitter is only available in the regular hexagon shape from fine to chunky. This means anything else - be it heart, star or moon shaped, is sadly no match for mother earth.


Aside from the limited colour range, look closely and you will see that each bio glitter flake has a slight curvature to the edges and is not completely flat like its harder, scratchier plastic counterpart.


The main ingredient of bio glitter is cellulose, a plant based material, while that from traditional glitter is plastic, whose cost to our planet is far higher than the low prices they are available for.

What’s more, most traditional plastic glitter does not meet EU and FDA cosmetic standards due to harmful chemicals in their ingredients, while bio glitter is manufactured in Germany and compliant with global cosmetic standards.

Now that you have the low-down on how to separate microplastics from eco glitter, be a glitter warrior and help us spread the word!