Bio Glitter Pure

Bioglitter® PURE is the world’s first, certified fresh water biodegradable and microplastic free glitter. Based on natural materials, Bioglitter® PURE decomposes like a leaf in the natural environment to leave no trace.

TÜV Austria, OK Biodegradable WATER certification guarantees biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment. This is the highest level of independent certification for fresh water biodegradability in the world. Bioglitter® PURE not only sets a new environmental standard for the glitter industry; with being soft to the touch it’s more comfortable on the skin and being aluminium free it offers a completely new look.

Recently winning the ‘Green and Sustainability’ category in PCHI Fountain Awards China 2019 and Gold for innovation at in-cosmetics global 2018, the world’s most prestigious cosmetic raw material exhibition Cosmetic Bioglitter® PURE is a true revolution for the glitter industry, the first ‘Guilt Free Glitter’.

Although designed for use in cosmetics, it’s robust enough to use in household, coating, printing and decorative applications. We are proud to say we have created the most eco-friendly glitter in the world.

Bio Glitter Sparkle

The original game changer, Bioglitter® SPARKLE, is the first product we developed and is the brightest glitter in the Bioglitter® family.

Indistinguishable from traditional plastic glitter, Bioglitter® SPARKLE, like Bioglitter® PURE, is based on plant material rather than plastic and it will naturally degrade in the environment.

Containing only a small amount of plastic and with its PROVEN high biodegradation performance in freshwater, only 3% off meeting the performance criteria for OK Biodegradable WATER certification, apart from Cosmetic Bioglitter® PURE, it is still the most eco-friendly glitter on the market.

In January 2021 our new ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ product ranges will become available. ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ products are TÜV ‘OK biodegradable WATER’ certified. The coating in the new ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ products removes the acrylate plastic applied to the film, enabling the product to achieve the coveted fresh water biodegradable certification from TÜV.

Bioglitter® SPARKLE is also multi award-winning; winner of the ‘Green and Sustainability’ category in PCHI Fountain Awards China 2019 and Gold for innovation at in-cosmetics global 2017, the year prior to Cosmetic Bioglitter® PURE. No other company has won gold in successive years at in-cosmetics global.

Bioglitter® SPARKLE is available in three different grades; Cosmetic - for cosmetics and personal care, Deco - for the coatings and fashion industry and Craft - for children and education.



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Where IsBioglitter® Used?


Cosmetic Bioglitter™
Our Cosmetic Bioglitter™ product ranges are globally COSMETIC compliant. All Cosmetic Bioglitter™ products s suitable for use in cosmetic and personal care applications, including, colour cosmetics, skincare, festival, nail & body art.

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decorative and coatings industries

Deco Bioglitter™
Deco Bioglitter™ products are our TECHNICAL ranges of products.  Formulated for use in decorative, coatings, fabrics, and other non-cosmetic applications.

Deco Bioglitter™ is NOT suitable for use in cosmetics, personal care, festival, nail & body art etc.

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art and education

Craft Bioglitter™
Craft Bioglitter™ is our range of glitters specifically formulated for primary education level children’s crafting.

Craft Bioglitter™ is NOT suitable for use in cosmetics, personal care, festival, nail & body art.

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What isBioglitter™?

Eco Friendly

Bioglitter™ is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic based glitter and has been developed to tackle microplastic pollution created by glitter.  The Bioglitter™ brand is often misunderstood as being just a biodegradable glitter,  however, it represents much more than that.

Completely unique, Bioglitter, uses natural and plant-derived, polymer material as it’s basis that are proven to biodegrade in the natural environment, rather than polymers that do not biodegrade in the natural environment and contribute to microplastic pollution.  All Bioglitter  products have been tested and PROVEN to biodegrade into harmless substances in the natural environment.

Our ultimate goal being Certified OK Biodegradable WATER by TÜV, which means guaranteed biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment.  This is the highest level of independent certification for fresh water biodegradability in the world.  Our latest product range Bioglitter PURE boasts this accolade.

Plant Material
Cellulose from hardwood

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™ standards.  This core in its own right possesses excellent eco-credentials, in it being biodegradable in all environments; certified industrial and home compostable, approved soil, wastewater, freshwater and marine biodegradable.

As we progress along the Bioglitter™ journey with our latest product, Bioglitter™ PURE, we now use a new environmentally friendly coating based on natural polymers to produce a glitter which is scientifically qualified, not microplastic, by its natural, freshwater biodegradable certification.  These are eco-credentials never achieved before in the glitter industry.

There are two key ultimate goals we are driving to achieve with all Bioglitter™ products;
1 – Removing the none biodegradable polymers; So it’s not a microplastic.
2 – Certified biodegradable in the natural environment; Independent, trusted scientific proof of performance.

Our latest award-winning product, Cosmetic Bioglitter™ PURE, is our first product range to reach this goal.  TUV OK Biodegradable WATER certified, which guarantees biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment.  If a glitter is NOT certified OK Biodegradable WATER, then it contains microplastic.

Bioglitter™ SPARKLE, our first award-winning product, already has most of its non-biodegradable polymer content removed and fresh water testing proves it is very close to meeting biodegradable in freshwater certified status.  Nevertheless, we are continuing with its development to remove the last bits of microplastic and achieve TUV OK Biodegradable WATER, meeting our goals.

Don’t be fooled or ‘greenwashed’ into paying the premium for anenvironmentally friendly glitter, when it could be no better than plastic.

Words can be cheap when it comes to making ‘green’ claims.  Without qualification of the time, quantity and environment, through testing, the term ‘Biodegradable’ is meaningless. Equally claiming % biodegradability or theoretical biodegradable content without any test data is no better. After all, everything is degradable given enough time!

Even ‘plastic-free’ claims are open to exaggeration or totally false claims.  Interpretations of what is plastic and not plastic can be very varied.  Biodegradability testing to prove a polymer biodegrades in the natural, fresh water environments is the only way to tell if a polymer is considered microplastic or not.

Clarity, openness and trust are the very reasons why we qualify and substantiate our claims through testingWe go one step further; by gaining certification to confirm the validity of the test results via a third-party expert in the field, that trusted secure and hard to cheat such as TÜV.

The good news on qualifying plastic claims; ECHA’s new Microplastic Proposal, Jan 2019 provides an objective and measured way, through qualified biodegradability testing, to verify if a product is a microplastic or not!  It’s simple, if a glitter does NOT have a OK Biodegradable WATER certificate it contains microplastic.

How Bioglitter® is created How Bioglitter® is created

Why is itNeeded?

the plastic problem - time for change

The world is facing a major issue

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.

A great idea

We Thought Glitter Needed a Total Rethink

Making a glitter that could decompose in industrial and home composting processes is NOT enough. Removing the non-natural biodegradable polymer in all Bioglitter™ products is our primary goal.  Biodegrading outside in the much more challenging natural environment requires a totally different league of performance compared to only compostable products.  After all, that’s in our countryside and watercourses where the microplastic pollution is, NOT our compost bins!  So where ever Bioglitter™ ‘ends up’ it leaves no mess.

Bioglitter® is the first of its kind and continues to trail blaze.
A robust ecofriendly glitter technology reducing and removing non-biodegradable polymer, tested, proven and certificated to biodegrade in our countryside and waterways.

Bioglitter™ PURE, our latest development, being certified biodegradable in the natural environment, is the world’s first truly ‘#GuiltFreeGlitter

It’s also important to be mindful that the extent of glitter microplastics pollution is small
in comparison to other forms of microplastic marine pollution such as vehicle tyre dust, wash fibres from man-made fabrics and the weathering of exterior coatings to name a few.

Needless to say, no matter how big or small the potential issue, it still needs addressing.
Hence our passion to drive, develop and continue to offer ground breaking, robust and credible alternatives.

How DoesIt Work?

Bioglitter® DOES NOT DISSOLVE in water, it needs environmental bacteria and other environmental microorganisms to biodegrade.

Environmentally friendly

Once it enters the natural environment, such as a farmer’s field, wastewater or our rivers and lakes, microbes will consume the biodegradable content turning it into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

In a microbe and bacteria free environment Bioglitter™ is completely durable.
No microbes = No biodegradation

The speed at which Bioglitter™ biodegrades depends on local environmental factors, such as heat, moisture and concentration of microbes.

Bio Glitter

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 family of eco-friendly glitters which now includes the world’s first glitter range certified fresh water degradable, non-toxic to the environment and therefore ‘microplastic-free’.

Our first product – Bioglitter™ SPARKLE

In 2016 we officially launched Bioglitter SPARKLE to the global market, the world’s first glitter independently proven to have very high performance in natural, freshwater biodegradation testing.

The product received rave reviews and still does, it’s first award being in-cosmetics global 2017 Gold for Innovation and the latest award PCHI Fountain Awards China 2019 winner in the Green and Sustainability category.

The core of Bioglitter™ SPARKLE is a special high tech form of naturally biodegradable cellulose, unique and exclusive to Bioglitter™.  This core in its own right possesses excellent eco-credentials; 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.

However, talking about the biodegradability virtues of the glitter core does not confirm the biodegradability performance of the actual finished glitter.  Through independent testing to ISO14851 – Fresh Water Biodegradability, we proved that Bioglitter™ SPARKLE biodegrades very well in the very challenging natural environment of rivers and lakes.  The test showed that in just a month, the majority of the product had degraded away.  However, as Bioglitter™ SPARKLE contains a small amount of non-biodegradable polymer it just falls short of meeting freshwater biodegradable certification.  Nevertheless, it’s a huge step in the right direction with almost all of the microplastic removed. 

This result proves the technical principles of our base technology and manufacturing methods work and the core within the glitter biodegrades unhindered after when we have converted to our finished Bioglitter product.  With this confirmation, we had a solid foundation on which to continue to develop and achieve our goals of microplastic free glitter with OK Biodegradable WATER certification, which we will achieve when we replace the last bit of microplastic with naturally biodegradable polymer. 

Mission success – the world’s first independently certified fresh water biodegradable glitter

Bioglitter® SPARKLE was a huge step forward, and it provided us with a solid foundation on which to build our product technology to produce the world’s first mirocplastic free glitter and certified biodegradable glitter; Bioglitter™ PURE.

We launched the prototype version of Bioglitter™ PURE at the largest cosmetic raw materials industry show in 2018 and again received international acclaim, picking up the in-cosmetics global 2018 Gold for Innovation.  Since winning this award we have made improvements to maximise its appeal, picking up another award at PHCI China 2019 and obtained ‘OK Biodegradable WATER’ Certification from TÜV, Austria.   

Bioglitter™ PURE uses the same cellulose core as Bioglitter™ SPARKLE, but we’ve combined that with our new natural coating

The result is glitter that it is:

1 – Certified OK Biodegradable WATER by TÜV, Austria  

2 – Products with this certification = guaranteed biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment by TÜV

…So the best of both worlds;  microplastic free and Leave no mess.

Not only that! Bioglitter™ PURE does NOT use aluminium to give it shine and therefore offers a completely novel iridescent glitter effect which has not been seen before the in glitter industry.


Plans For The Future

The new challenge we’ve set ourselves is to remove the final bit of non-naturally biodegradable polymer from Bioglitter™ SPARKLE and retain the high reflective element of the range.

UPDATE – In January 2021 our new ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ product ranges will become available.  ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ products are TÜV ‘OK biodegradable WATER’ certified.  The coating in the new ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ products removes the acrylate plastic applied to the film, enabling the product to achieve the coveted fresh water biodegradable certification from TÜV.

We are also hard at work to utilise our proven Bioglitter™ technology to expand our range of Bioglitter™ effects; Holo, Iridescent and possibly more. 

So please keep watching this space!

Bioglitter™ – Setting THE standard in authenticated eco-friendly glitters

#GuiltFreeGlitter for ALL is our Goal!


  • New ranges of certified fresh water biodegradable Bioglitter™ products soon to be launched.

    Ronald Britton Ltd Press Release – 2rd November 2020: Ronald Britton Ltd to launch new ranges of certified fresh water biodegradable Bioglitter™ products. The world’s leading eco glitter manufacturer, British company Ronald Britton Ltd, is set to significantly expand its certified fresh water biodegradable product offering with its new ‘Bioglitter™ SPARKLE GC’ technology. Early in […]

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  • Bioglitter™ response to ARU study recently reported on by the BBC, The Guardian and Cosmetics Business.

    Monday 19th Oct 2020 UPDATE:  ‘All that glitters…..’ study – from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). Following our contact with ARU regarding our comments and concerns of factual inaccuracy relating to their study report, today the ARU responded to: Acknowledge that the study is over 2 years old and that things have moved on. Acknowledge that Ronald Britton […]

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  • Miyoshi Europe appointed Cosmetic Bioglitter™ distributor for France

    We are extremely pleased to announce that as of the 1st Oct 2020 Miyoshi Europe SAS will become responsible for the distribution of all Cosmetic Bioglitter™ products in France. Stephen Cotton, commercial director at Bioglitter™ commented “Miyoshi have a wealth of experience within the French cosmetics market.  This coupled with Miyoshi’s industry leading technical expertise […]

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