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Glitter Colour Effects – How are they created?

Glitter Colour Effects – Playing with the ‘Physics of Light’ Over the years ‘glitter myths’ have developed.  In this blog we aim to bust the myth of what’s behind the glitter colour effects.  I’m sad to say it’s not ‘magic’, but something far more magical, the physics of light. Glitter effects can be grouped into […]

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Questions relating to 100% Plastic Free, Microplastic Free and 100% Biodegradable

Bioglitter™ is designed to biodegrade quickly and safely in natural freshwater environments. Ronald Britton Ltd uses TÜV OK biodegradable WATER certification as a simple and clear means of communicating this fact to our customers. We have taken this approach as simple terms such as ‘100% plastic free’ and ‘100% biodegradable’ can be misleading, used without […]

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Questions relating to Composting

Composting Claims and Microplastic Pollution It’s now well recognised that glitter poses an environmental microplastic pollution issue. ECHA (European Chemical Agency) have specified that fresh water biodegradability is the level of testing required for determination of whether or not a polymeric material is considered a microplastic. Fresh water biodegradability requires a significantly higher level of performance […]

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Biodegradablility and certification what does it all mean?

  TÜV, Austria, ‘OK biodegradable WATER’ Certification    Products certified for OK biodegradable WATER are GUARANTEED by TÜV to biodegrade in natural, freshwater environments and thus substantially contribute to the reduction of waste in rivers, lakes or any natural freshwater. This is the highest level of independent certification for fresh water biodegradability in the world.   Criteria required […]

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Bioglitter™ – Multi Award Winning on the Global Stage

Our Bioglitter™ products have won the Gold award for innovation at in-cosmetics global for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018.  We are especially proud of this achievement as it’s never been achieved by any other cosmetic raw material manufacturer.   In 2019 we added to the awards cabinet with the accolade of ‘Green & Sustainable Fountain […]

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What is ECHA and the ECHA Restriction Proposal for Microplastic?

What is ECHA? ECHA is The European Chemicals Agency.  It is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU’s groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness.  ECHA, for example, are responsible for REACH   What is ‘ECHA Restriction Proposal for Microplastic, […]

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What is Cellulose and are all forms of Cellulose the same?

Cellulose is the substance that makes up most of a plant’s cell walls. Since it is made by all plants, it is probably the most abundant organic (carbon-containing) compound on Earth. Cellulose is a polysaccharide. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate. All forms of ‘cellulose’ are NOT the same an have very different properties; […]

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Bioglitter™ Raw Material Distribution Around the World.

We supply Bioglitter™ in bulk packaging as a raw material for use by product manufacturers.  We have a global raw material distribution network supplying Bioglitter™ products to specific industries.  Click on the links below to be redirected to your relevant industry. Cosmetic & Personal Care Industry Decorative, Coating, Printing, Art&Craft, Household & Horticultural Industry Education and Retail Craft  […]

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Does Bioglitter™ dissolve in water, would that not be a good thing?

No Bioglitter™ does not dissolve in water.  Microorganisms found in the natural environment are needed to digest Bioglitter™ and transform it into harmless substances; carbon dioxide, water and biomass.  No microbes = No biodegradation   Dissolving and biodegrading are completely different. Something that dissolves does not go away, it’s still there in the water, it just […]

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What is the shelf life of Bioglitter™?

Bioglitter™ is very stable and will not biodegrade until its put into environments where microorganisms are present. Bioglitter™ as supplied in dry form, has an indefinite shelf life, providing it is stored in a dry, cool environment, out of direct sunlight, away from direct heat sources and not exposed to microorganisms.   For good manufacturing practice […]

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Is Bioglitter™ toxic or harmful to humans or the environment?

All Bioglitter™ products are non-toxic and pass:- EN71 European Toy Regulations, as detailed in the specific product information. Global Cosmetic Regulations, as detailed in the specific product information. All Bioglitter™ product ranges meet the ecotoxicity and heavy metals (13 heavy metals evaluated) for TÜV OK biodegradable WATER certification.

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What is a microplastic and how big is the glitter microplastic pollution problem?

What is a microplastic? A microplastic is a small piece of plastic, less than 5mm in size, made from polymeric materials that do not biodegrade quickly and safely in the natural environment.  These can originate from; Secondary Microplastics  –  Larger plastic objects like bottles and other packaging that break down in terms of particle size […]

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Does Bioglitter™ contain aluminium, and if so, how can it still be called biodegradable?

Bioglitter™ SPARKLE product ranges contain a very small amount of aluminium, used to give it it’s shine.  The aluminium layer in Bioglitter™ SPARKLE is extremely thin, more than 200 times thinner than a human hair and is neither toxic nor ecotoxic. Aluminium is the most abundant metallic element in the earth’s crust and as its […]

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Does Cosmetic Bioglitter™ satisfy the requirements of Cosmetics Regulation?

The Cosmetic Bioglitter™ ranges supplied by Ronald Britton Ltd are produced using pigments that meet with the applicable purity criteria of: US FDA (21 CFR) China’s Cosmetic Safety and Technical Standard (2015 version) EU Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 & (EU) No. 231/2012 Japan – Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance No 126 of […]

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Does Cosmetic Bioglitter™ satisfy European Toy Safety Standards?

Ronald Britton Ltd Bioglitter™ products comply with the requirements of the EU Toy Safety Directive: EN71-1:2014 Mechanical and physical properties EN71-2:2011+A1:2014 Flammability EN71-3:2019 Migration of certain elements EN71-9 Primary Aromatic Amines

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What is antimony and is it in Bioglitter™?

Antimony is a heavy metal used as a catalyst in the production of polyester and some remains after production in the polyester as an impurity.  Antimony long term exposure can cause irritation and ultimately can cause more serious health effects. The total antimony level in Bioglitter™ is <0.5ppm (parts per million) evaluated by Inductively Coupled […]

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Is Bioglitter™ REACH registered?

Ronald Britton Ltd Bioglitter™ is defined as a finished article and therefore does not require registration under REACH. Article 3(3) of REACH regulation states – “article: means an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition”. Glitter clearly […]

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Is Bioglitter™ edible?

Bioglitter™ non-toxic and non-harmful.  However, Bioglitter™ is not a foodstuff and therefore not intended for consumption.

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Bioglitter™ and common allergies?

Bioglitter™ is free of the 14 common food allergens. None of our raw materials knowingly contain any common allergens and our manufacturing equipment is not used to produce any other products that contain allergens.

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Does Bioglitter™ contain any CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic) ingredients?

The Bioglitter™ products supplied Ronald Britton Ltd do not contain any ingredients listed as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction according to annex VI of the CLP Regulation, registered under REACH (EC) 1907/2006 and/or notified under CLP (EC) 1272/2008.

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