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The Best Plastic-Free February Resources

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Looking for plastic-free February resources? Right this way – I’ve got lots!

It’s Plastic-Free February, so in honour of this, I’ve been rummaging through the Moral Fibres archives, and dusting off and updating old posts. All with the aim of bringing you a list of potentially useful plastic-free February resources, if like me, you are trying to take steps to reduce your plastic usage.

I feel my hands are kind of tied food-wise, as we have zero bulk shops around where I live in West Lothian.  If you have one, or several, in your area then do count your lucky stars!  Despite this, I still try my best, where budget allows (plastic-free toilet paper – why are you so eye-wateringly expensive??  £1 a roll would bankrupt my family of four!).  I also keep lobbying manufacturers and supermarkets to introduce plastic-free goods.  They love me! 

Plastic-Free February Resources

Despite this, I’ve been able to make some progress. Here are my plastic-free February resources that I’ve come up with over the years:

resources for plastic-free february

The Plastic-Free Kitchen

Plastic-Free Health & Beauty

Plastic-Free Cleaning

General Plastic-Free Living

Are you taking part in plastic-free February?  If so, do share with me your top plastic-free tips, or what hurdles you’ve encountered, or any other useful advice!

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Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Glitter

eco friendly glitter alternatives

Since this eco-friendly alternatives to glitter article was written in 2017, new research has come to light. It has been found that eco glitter is as damaging to the environment as standard glitter.  Therefore it is something I no longer recommend.  Please see here for more information.

Today let’s talk about eco-friendly alternatives to glitter.

I don’t know about you, but I had been trying to keep my head in the sand about the environmental impact of glitter, of all things.  Much like tea bags, I didn’t want to believe that something so fun and seemingly innocuous as glitter could be harbouring a dark secret.

Why A Ban On Glitter?

However, it is indeed true: scientists are calling for a ban on glitter.  Why?  Most glitter is microplastic – fragments of plastic less than 5mm in length.  This microplastic can easily be swallowed by marine life, proving fatal to them, and could potentially enter the food chain.

More worryingly, in the same article it goes on to say that “most glitter is made of aluminium and a plastic called PET… PET can break down to release chemicals that disrupt hormones in the bodies of animals and humans“.  This is not good.  Therefore a ban on glitter, much like the ban on microbeads for the same reasons, would be very welcome.

This ban would mean a world without glitter.  Some nurseries are substituting glitter for lentils or rice for use in craft projects as an eco-friendly alternative.  However, it’s not quite the same, is it?  And sticking lentils to your face at festivals may not produce the desired effect, and may cause people to give you a wide berth!

If you can’t live in a world without glitter, but don’t want to damage the environment then fear not.  The future is not lentil based because I have found six eco-friendly glitter alternatives for all your glitter based cosmetic and crafting needs:

Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Glitter

eco friendly alternatives to glitter uk

EcoStarDust

Bristol-based EcoStarDust, whose clever slogan is “glitter without the litter”, sells biodegradable glitter in all the colours.  And when I say all the colours I mean all the colours, in varying sizes from chunky through to fine.  Their eco-friendly glitter alternative is made from plant cellulose and is reasonably priced at £3.50 a pot.  Delivery is free when you spend over £10 and 10% of profits are donated to environmental projects.

Eco Glitter Fun

Eco Glitter Fun sells biodegradable, cruelty-free, and vegan glitter from £3.50 a pot, again in all the colours and sizes you could possibly need.  Their glitter is made from a certified compostable film that will biodegrade in soil, compost, or a wastewater/ocean environment.

Fulfilled Wishes

The UK-based Fulfilled Wishes sell biodegradable glitter via their Etsy shop.  Prices are £4 for 5-gram jars, and they specialise in more chunky eco glitter.

The Mermaid Cave

The Mermaid Cave sells a beautiful range of eco-friendly glitter alternatives, with all their glitter named after endangered ocean species.  This is the place to go if you are looking for zero-waste and plastic-free biodegradable glitter as all glitter is sold in glass vials with cork stoppers.  Their glitter is vegan friendly, made from plant-based materials, and the glitter will biodegrade in soil, compost, wastewater, and ocean water.  It’s priced at £5.99 for 8 ml of glitter or £9.99 for 20 ml of glitter.

The Soap Kitchen

The Soap Kitchen specialises in microfine eco-friendly glitter alternatives, in a more limited colour palette.  Prices start at £1.50 for 5 g, but you can purchase in bulk bags, in bags of up to 500 g (a whole lot of glitter!) if you need larger quantities.  You can also get 5% off your first order when you sign up for The Soap Kitchen newsletter.

Wild Glitter

Finally, Wild Glitter sells EU-certified biodegradable glitter made from natural compostable plant-based materials.  A variety of colours and textures are available, from fine through to chunky.  Prices are reasonable too – they start from £2.75 for 3 ml and they can be purchased in recyclable pots or refill bags.

If you find any more eco-friendly glitter alternatives then do let me know in the comments below! Alternatively, if you find an altogether different alternative to glitter then I would love to hear!