Glitter Ban: Why are UK Festivals Ditching Glitter?

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Glitter Ban: Why are UK Festivals Ditching Glitter?

If you’ve been living it up on the festival circuit this year, or you’ve got one coming up, you may be privy to the fact that glitter is on the way out. OBVIOUSLY we don’t mean in a ‘what’s hot what’s not’ sort of way (because, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle from time to time), but actually, in an eco-conscious sort of way.

It’s an easy one to miss, but glitter is just another single use plastic and although they’re little tiny bits of plastic, that doesn’t make them any less harmful to the environment (think micro-beads…). The small stuff can really make a huge difference. Despite the fact that it’s diddy, microplastics make up a major proportion of ocean pollution as 2014 study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE revealed…

An estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic weighing a total of 268,940 tons (243,978 metric tons) are currently floating in the world’s seas with microplastics made up 92.4 percent of the total count. This is a crisis, and we need to do everything we can to stop any further damage.

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It is predicated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.


38.5 million Plastic bottles are used once and discarded in UK every day.


91% of plastic isn’t recycled in the UK, and fewer countries accept our waste.


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23,500 tonnes of waste generated, with audiences consuming 10 million plastic bottles annually.

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Plastic glitter will be banned from 61 independent music festivals, and counting, by 2021 along with plastic straws, plastic bottles, food trays and cable ties.

But don’t panic! Standing up for a safer, cleaner world and supporting the eradication of single use plastic does not have to come at the expense of your glittery fun. Fortunately, there is a green alternative: biodegradable glitter.

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Biodegradable glitter, unlike the plastic variety, is natural. Made with a plant-based cellulose derived from Eucalyptus, you can paint away safe in the knowledge that when it washes off it will naturally degrade in soil, waste or water environments.

And it’s not only kinder to the planet, but also considerably kinder to your skin as it is 40% softer and therefore far less abrasive on your body.

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Some festivals such as Shambala and Shindig are already doing their bit to make their events a more environmentally friendly places by asking ticket-holders to leave their glitter at home but it’s not only festival founders who are leading the way. Many schools and nurseries are also following suit, ditching the plastic glitter over environmental concerns and this is something we’re really thrilled about. Children love glitter, but what they love even more is learning and helping. By educating our youngest generations, we are helping to provide a safer, brighter future – protecting out world for the children of tomorrow.

The Drastic on Plastic initiative led by the Association of Independent Festivals is the power behind the single-use plastic ban at UK festivals and we’re so excited to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves.

Keep up to date with all their latest hard work and find out how you can take action now, on their website.