Bioglitter®, sometimes referred to as ecoglitter, is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic based glitter and has been developed to tackle the part of microplastic pollution created by glitter. The Bioglitter® brand is often misunderstood as being a just a biodegradable glitter, however, it represents much more than that.
Bioglitter® replaces the core polyester film used in traditional glitter with a unique and special form of cellulose from hardwoods, primarily eucalyptus sourced from responsibly managed and certified plantations operating to PEFC™ www.pefc.org standards. The coating used on Bioglitter® are being replaced with our new patent pending natural coating.
Our latest award-winning product, Bioglitter Pure, available in February 2019, is totally plastic free. Bioglitter Sparkle, our first award-winning product, already has 92% of its plastic content removed and continues on its development journey to becoming totally plastic free. Both products are not just compostable, but, much more important, independently tested and proven to biodegrade in our precious countryside and waterways.
Why is itNeeded?
the plastic problem - time for change
The world is facing a major issue with plastic pollution and glitter has played its own small part. Defined as a microplastic, plastic glitter takes hundreds of years to degrade.
Because of its physical size and the diverse number of applications; cosmetics, clothing, cards, crafts, to name a few, compost and recycling bins are NOT where glitter ‘ends up’. Supply chains also need to be taken into consideration. Glitter presents a unique challenge, requiring a TOTALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH to the raw material choices that are suitable for eco-friendly compostable plastic packaging.
Glitter can find its way into wastewater after bathing or washing clothing, which after water treatment can then end up in our rivers and oceans. This is the most probable route that glitter may find its way into marine habitats. Once in the natural environment, glitter like other microplastics, can cause physical harm to small organisms and end up entering the food chain.
We Thought Glitter Needed a Total Rethink
Making a glitter that could decompose in industrial and home composting processes is not enough. Removing all the plastic in all Bioglitter® products is our primary goal. However, we also ensure our Bioglitter® products are not just compostable, but also biodegradable outside in the much more challenging natural environment. So where ever Bioglitter® ends up it leaves no mess.
Once it enters the natural environment such as a farmer’s field, waste water or our rivers and lakes, microbes will consume the biodegradable content turning it into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.
In a microbe or bacteria free environment Bioglitter® is completely durable. No microbes, no biodegridation.
The speed at which Bioglitter biodegrades depends on local environmental factors, such as heat, moisture and concentration of microbes.
Like a leaf, Bioglitter® will degrade faster in warm and wet conditions.
Where IsBioglitter® Used?
Cosmetic Bioglitter is being used by brands in the cosmeticsindustry, just look for our Bioglitter® logo.
The Bioglitter® product family has now expanded outside of Cosmetic Bioglitter with Deco Bioglitter®, designed for decorative,coatings and craft industries
We also offer a Kids Craft Bioglitter® designed for schools and nurseries.
How It All Began
Initiated by conversations in 2010 with selected forward thinking cosmetic manufacturers, we became increasingly aware of the potential issues with small plastic particles in the environment. As a glitter company we felt duty bound to offer an eco-friendly alternative.
Forging a new way forward takes time and inevitably we have discovered lots of ways of how not to do it along the way! It was a huge challenge, however, Bioglitter® is the culmination of many years of research and development; a product which is naturally degradable, non-toxic to the environment and compliant with legislative standards.
Where We Are
Bioglitter® is the first step on our journey to providing a solution to the issue of glitter microplastic pollution and offers an eco-friendly glitter choice.
The core of Bioglitter® is a special form of naturally biodegradable cellulose, unique and exclusive to Bioglitter. It is the best foundation on which to build upon to reach our ultimate 100% plastic free goal.
This Core is certified compostable in both industrial (EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400, ISO 17088) and home composting environments (OK Compost Home) and also marine biodegradation approved to ASTM D6691-09. No other glitter film material currently matches this criteria.
We have now reached a milestone stage in the Bioglitter® journey, proving categorically through independent testing to ISO 14851 – Fresh Water Biodegradability, that Bioglitter® biodegrades in fresh water, eg river and lake water, a very challenging natural environment. Test results show that the vast majority of the biodegradable content in Bioglitter® products biodegraded in just 4 weeks. This proves that the coatings we apply during the manufacture of Bioglitter® do not impair the known ability of its unique core to biodegrade in the natural environment.
With the current incarnation of Bioglitter® we have already come a long way to achieving our goal of a naturally biodegradable and plastic free glitter. Being 92% plastic free and degradable outside in the natural environment, Bioglitter® already significantly reduces its effect on nature. Nevertheless we are working hard to go further….. to remove the last of the plastic and continue to increase the biodegradable content.
Plans For The Future
The challenge continues. Making the final steps can be increasingly difficult, however, the future possibilities have us all energised and excited about things to come. We feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity to make a difference. Currently we are investing in a major research and development program to drive all Bioglitter® products to their ultimate goal of being both:-
Plastic free, so it’s no longer a microplastic.
Biodegradable in the natural environment, so it leaves minimal or no trace.
Watch this space for our latest announcements and new products!
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