Historically glitter was made from pieces of a natrual rock called mica. However, today’s modern glitter is made from small pieces of plastic or metal foils, so these would not be biodegradable.
Glitters are not readily biodegradable, because they’re made from materials such as “copolymer plastics, aluminum foil, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, bismuth oxychloride and other materials.” Also, glitter sinks to the bottom of waterways and contributes to toxic sludges. Due to its small size, glitter is considered a persistent environmental pollutant.
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