Independent testing has revealed that a new plant based glitter created by a UK company is the most eco-friendly in the world.
Testing by OWS, an independent biodegradability testing organisation, has confirmed that Bioglitter, developed by Ronald Britton, sets a new environmental standard for sparkles.
Results from the OWS show that Bioglitter degrades in the natural environment, in only four weeks.
During testing a competitor glitter manufactured from PLA showed no evidence of degradation during the same time period.
Stephen Cotton, commercial director, said: “We tested in freshwater, ISO 14851, the equivalent of river or lake water, which is a realistic test based on one of the most challenging natural environments, and this shows that the majority of the biodegradable content in Bioglitter® breaks down within four weeks. Although the results confirm what was expected, it’s still extremely satisfying to prove that Bioglitter® breaks down in this very challenging natural environment.”
Bioglitter replaces the use of plastics in the core of glitter with a plant based product, cellulose. This special form of cellulose, unique to Bioglitter, is stable and won’t degrade on the shelf, however once it enters soil, compost or waste water environments, where microorganisms are present, the glitter will naturally decompose.
Stephen said: “The issue of plastic waste and microplastics is something we’ve been thinking about and working towards tackling in glitter for over a decade. We’ve spent several years in research and development and our first product, Bioglitter Sparkle, represents the first naturally degradable glitter on the market.”
According to Stephen where glitter ‘ends up’ after use, by virtue of its size and diverse number of uses, is not usually in traditional recycling bins. In fact, there is a higher probability of it going into landfill from general waste or waste water from bathing. Glitter is very different to packaging and requires different solutions. That’s why Ronald Britton wanted to create a glitter that could degrade in the most challenging natural environment rather than create something that had to go through commercial composting to decompose.
Stephen said: “There are other materials out there, such as Bioplastics, which have their merits when used in products that go into the recycle bins, but glitter is a product that can fall off everywhere, so it was vital to create a glitter which could degrade in the natural environment and not need to go through a recycling or composting system.”
Bioglitter Sparkle still contains a small amount of plastic to create the reflective elements but is 92% plastic free. Ronald Britton however is committed to go further and is currently investing in a major research and development programme to drive towards the creation of a glitter which is 100% plastic free.