Glitter or Litter?
Here’s our handy guide to help you learn the difference between traditional plastic glitter and biodegradable glitter
What is biodegradable glitter?
Projekt Glitter’s products are made from natural plant-based film (cellulose). The film is made from the fibers of eucalyptus trees, sourced from responsibly managed plantations. This means that once the glitter is in the natural environment, microbes consume it, causing no harm to Mother Earth. Find out more below about what exactly the glitter is made from.
How long does it take for biodegradable glitter to decompose?
In general, biodegradation requires four things: heat, water, oxygen and microorganisms. These elements are naturally found in soil, compost, and water environments. Exactly how long the breakdown process is varies depending on these conditions. In the right environment it usually takes 2-3 months to degrade.
What is biodegradable glitter made of?
All glitter is essentially made up of multiple layers with a lining of metallic colour that reflect light. The difference between traditional glitter and biodegradable glitter is what the layers are made from.
72% Cellulose base
This layer is the base of the glitter and gives it its structure. Cellulose is the main substance found in plant cell walls and replaces the plastic base of traditional glitter. You are probably familiar with this organic compound, as it is also used to make paper.
25% Top coating
This layer ensures that the vibrant colors of the glitter is protected and stays put. Although there is some plastic here still, the goal is to remove plastic from the formula completely.
11% Glycerin, 6% Water, 5% Styrene, 3% Urea
0.1% Reflective layer
This is what makes the glitter shine, and what we love the most about glitter! While aluminium is technically not biodegradable, it is a metal that naturally exists on our planet.
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!