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Glitter without litter: is that for real?

The biggest and the saddest shock of the plastic awareness hype was about GLITTER! Everyone loves glitter, since we were little kids. If you continue to think that “a little glitter never hurt nobody”, well then think again! Why? Because glitter is usually made of plastic sheets, eventually shredded into tiny glitter particles which are used in a wide variety of products, including makeup and cosmetics. 

Photo by Plush Design Studio on Unsplash

Why is that a problem? 

These microplastic sparkles flow straight from your bathroom drain or sink into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter them out and that’s how they end up in our natural waters contributing to the ‘Plastic Soup’ swirling around in our oceans.   

What happens then? Sea animals absorb or eat microplastics; these particles can be passed along the marine food chain. Since we are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is likely that we also ingest microplastics.  

Microplastics are not biodegradable and once they enter the environment, they are nearly impossible to remove! 

Are we ingesting glitter? 

We might be ingesting glitter by accident while using them. What happens when it enters our bodies? That question is still out there for speculation. What we do know is that the additives in plastics can potentially make us sick. These chemicals are known endocrine disruptors and may cause certain hormone-related cancers.  

For more information visit the Plastic Health Coalition website. 

Is there a plastic-free way to glitter? 

Don’t be disappointed just yet! Our Zero Plastic Inside brand Beauty Kitchen has got your back. They are the first cosmetic brand to launch glitter without plastic. Even organic-biodegradable glitter still contains 8% plastic! That makes Beauty Kitchen’s 0% Plastic Eco Glitter Balm the FIRST glitter makeup 100% plastic-free.

Beauty pioneer and founder Jo Chidley from Beauty Kitchen has succeeded to formulate glitter that contains absolutely ZERO plastic. The non-fat balm base of this glitter is made with castor oil, carnauba wax and vegetable glycerin, among others. The glitter itself comes from the mineral mica, fluorophlogopite, titanium dioxide and tin oxide. What then? Let your lips and skin shine!

Pollution free sparkle! 

The 0% Plastic Eco Glitter Balm is must-have for all eco-beauties. No plastic in sight, 100% natural and certified vegan. On top of it all, this ‘eco glitter balm’ is OK Biodegradable Water certified: guaranteeing biodegradation in a natural fresh water environment. This certification process also takes eco-toxicity in aquatic environment into account. Meaning, all the aquatic life can stay unharmed.

You can apply the silver glitter on your face, lips and body, the possibilities are endless. Beauty Kitchen has got you covered this summer for the festival season! 


All new Beauty Kitchen packages are provided with the Return * Refill * Repeat logo. You can hand in your empty packaging at the Holland & Barrett stores, for which you get 200 Passion Points from H&B. The empty packages are sent back to Beauty Kitchen in Scotland. There the packaging is cleaned and refilled for a new shipment of cosmetics.

Beauty Kitchen 0% Plastic Eco Glitter Balm (limited edition) is only available online at Holland & Barrett from mid-July 2019. New colors will follow in the fall.

What are you waiting for? Go get yourself some shine while it lasts: 0% Plastic Eco Glitter Balm   


Sign this petition to convince the European Union to ban all ‘intentionally added microplastics’ in cosmetics!