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What does OK Biodegradable WATER Certification mean?

OK biodegradable WATER by TÜV, Austria Products certified for OK Biodegradable WATER guarantee biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment, and thus substantially contribute to the reduction of waste in rivers, lakes or any natural fresh water.   Criteria required to be satisfied to be awarded OK Biodegradable WATER certification status:- Passes ISO14851 Freshwater Biodegradability testing, taking […]

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Biobased Carbon Content Testing and Certification

Biobased Carbon Content Testing and Certification Biobased Carbon Content provides a way of testing a product to determine the percentage of carbon from “natural” (plants etc) sources versus “synthetic” (petrochemical or coal, ie fossil-based) sources.   For reference, 100 % Biobased Carbon Content indicates that a material is entirely sourced from natural sources. Beta Analytic Inc was involved […]

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Bioglitter – Biodegradable glitter in the natural environment

Bioglitter® – PROVEN Biodegradation in the natural environment. Biodegradability Testing and the Hierarchy of Biodegradability Testing Environments. The table below provides an illustration of the hierarchy of different levels of biodegradability testing available, relevant to different environments.  We feel that is essential that we test Bioglitter® in its finished form (ie with coating) to a challenging, […]

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Test if your glitter is a microplastic or mainly based in plastic.

Test if your glitter is a microplastic or mainly based in plastic. This is a VERY BASIC SCREENING TEST to determine if your glitter is microplastic or MAINLY BASED on PLASTIC, such as PET, PVC, PLA or Cellulose Acetate (not biodegradable in natural environments, IE Microplastic).  If the glitter melts it is mainly based on plastic and is […]

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Multi Award Winning Bioglitter®

Our Bioglitter® products have the Gold award for innovation at in-cosmetics global in two consecutive years. We are especially proud of this achievement as it represents a first for any cosmetic raw material manufacturer.  This year we were awarded the accolade of ‘Green & Sustainable Fountain Award Winner’ at the PCHI China. Bioglitter® SPARKLE – […]

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What is 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.   What is ‘ECHA Restriction Proposal for Microplastic, Jan 2019’? ECHA’s Microplastic Proposal, Jan 2019 or […]

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What is cellulose and are all forms of Cellulose film 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 compound on Earth. Cellulose is a biodegradable polysaccharide. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate. All forms of Cellulose film are NOT the same. There are several forms […]

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What is PLA (poly lactic acid) and why we DON’T use bio-plastics like PLA in Bioglitter®?

PLA is a thermoplastic polyester bio-polymer.  It is produced by the chemical conversion of corn into dextrose, the dextrose is then fermented to lactic acid, which is then polymerised into polylactic acid, PLA for short. Bio-plastics such as PLA WILL NOT biodegrade in the natural environment, they need the man-made conditions (elevated temperatures and extremely […]

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What is glitter and what makes Bioglitter® special?

 

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How long does it take to biodegrade on land or in water?

Bioglitter® requires the presence of microorganisms to degrade.  Warm and wet conditions are ideal and higher concentrations of microbes will increase the rate of biodegradation. A good analogy is that a leaf in an arid environment will take longer to degrade than in a swamp. When tested to ISO14851 – Freshwater Biodegradability equivalent of waterways […]

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Bioglitter® Raw Material Distributors

Bioglitter® Distribution Around the World. We have an extensive distribution network supplying Bioglitter® products around the world targeting specific industries.  Click on the links below to be redirected to your relevant industry. Cosmetic & Personal Care Industry Distributors Decorative, Coating, Printing, Art&Craft, Household & Horticultural Industry Distributors Education and Children’s Craft Distribution.  We have one dedicated distributor who supplies 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 are needed to digest Bioglitter® and transform it into harmless substances; carbon dioxide, water and biomass. If Bioglitter® did dissolve it would NOT be a good thing as it would still be there in the water, just you would not see it.  Similar to salt dissolved in sea water, […]

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What is the shelf life of Bioglitter®?

Bioglitter® is very stable and will not biodegrade on the shelf. Biodegradation will only be initiated in compost, soil, waste-water, fresh water or marine environments where microorganisms are present. Bioglitter® as supplied in dry form, has an indefinite shelf life providing it is stored in a dry dark, cool environment, out of direct sunlight, away […]

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

Bioglitter® has been tested for 18 heavy metals and all are below the limit of detection tests and do not pose any hazard both for humans or the environment. All Bioglitter® products are non-toxic and pass EN71 European Toy Regulations along with Global Cosmetic Regulations as detailed in the specific product information. Bioglitter® Sparkle:  Ecotoxicity […]

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What is a microplastic? How big is the glitter microplastic pollution problem?

What is a microplastic? A microplastic is a small piece of plastic, less than 5mm.  These can originate from larger plastic objects like bottles and other packaging breaking down in the environment, microplastics from this source are known as secondary microplastic.  However, some cases plastic can enter the environment already small enough to be a […]

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Will Bioglitter® ever be 100% biodegradable?

It’s our goal to maximise the amount that Bioglitter® biodegrades, however, our target is not necessary to get to 100%. The real environmental challenge with traditional glitter is the plastic and our target to remove the plastic in ALL Bioglitter® products addresses this challenge. The biodegradability goals of Bioglitter® are driven by our desire to […]

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

Some but not all Bioglitter® products contain aluminium. It is used in an extremely thin coating to give glitter its shine. Aluminium is the most abundant metallic element in the earth’s crust and does not biodegrade, however materials that do not biodegrade are not necessarily harmful to the environment. The aluminium in Bioglitter® represents less […]

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Does Bioglitter® look like normal polyester glitter?

Bioglitter® offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as polyester (PET) glitter.

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Does Cosmetic Bioglitter® satisfy the requirements of EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 and FDA Title 21 CFR Cosmetic Regulations?

Yes, as well as the Japanese, Chinese, Australian and Korean cosmetic regulations.

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Does Cosmetic Bioglitter® satisfy European Toy Safety Standards?

Yes, both EN71-2: 2011 for flammability and EN71-3: 2013 A1: 20014 for migration of certain elements.

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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). This is the limit […]

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Is Bioglitter® REACH registered?

Bioglitter® is defined as a finished article and does not require registration under REACH. However, we can confirm that Bioglitter® does not contain any SVHC’s (Substances of Very High Concern) as defined under REACH.

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Is Bioglitter® edible?

Although non-toxic and non-harmful, 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 Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)?

No ‘genetically modified materials’ are used in the production process, and based on information from our suppliers none of the materials used to formulate Bioglitter® are obtained from GMO’s.

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

No.

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