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[Ambassador report] [Thematic Report] Glitter: Celebrate Your Joy....Destroy Marine Life

by Nitipak Ratapipat | 20-06-2020 23:37 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

The symbol of joy and happiness" Glitter has been used in this world since prehistoric times, in the past it had been made from natural ingredients such as mica, malachite , insects or glass. We have known glitter since we were kids. Glitter has been used in craft projects  in  kindergartens or elementary schools and really makes children feel excited and having a lot of fun.

glitter kids art

Sparkling glitter greeting cards  for special occasions  such as birthday, Christmas, Easter, graduation, New year, wedding and so on  can  stimulate customers to buy them. Tons of glitter have been sprinkling in many concerts, TV shows, parties, parades. Cosmetic and fashion industry also demand glitter because of its gorgeous, eye-catching property.


Does anyone know that behind our joyful feeling with glitter, we can cause the problem to our environment and marine life? 

Basically glitter nowadays is made from Aluminium and a plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). With a tiny size of it which is less than 5 mm in length. , Glitter is considered as Microplastic according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). When we washed out those glitters, they flow through our plumbing system and too small to be filtered by water treatment facilities and finally end up in the ocean. Microplastics are such a big problem for the environment because they account for 92.4% of the total 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the ocean.

Glitter is harmful to marine life no matter large or small.  From seabirds,sea turtles, whales, dolphins, fish to seahorses or even plankton, they can ingest both intentionally or unintentionally. United Nations (2017) mentioned in the ocean conference that more than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals, sea turtles and countless fish die from plastic pollution every year.

Many researches have shown that marine life is disappearing at twice the speed of life on land due to the fact that they are lack of the ability to adapt to the changing water temperatures, adequate shelter. (Solly, 2019) Human are playing a role in marine pollution whether they know it or not.  Shall we more concern those marine life? Every life is important, no matter how small.

References :

Gabbatiss, J. (2017, November 16). Glitter should be banned over environmental impact, scientists warn.The Independent.


Liberatore, S.(2019, December 10). Scientists call for a complete ban on GLITTER because the particles are polluting oceans and hurting marine life. Dailymail UK.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What are microplastics?. The U.S. Department of Commerce.


Pappas, S.(2017, November 30). No Shimmer: Why Scientists Want to Ban Glitter. Live Science.


Parker, L. (2017, November 30). To Save the Oceans, Should You Give Up Glitter?. National Geographic.


Petter, O. (2019, March 24). Ban Glitter in the UK to save the environment, Campaigners say ‘We need to do this as soon as possible’.The Independent. 


Sharma, R. (2017, November 17). Where did glitter come from?". International Business Times.


Solly, M. (2019, April 25). Ocean-Dwelling Species Are Disappearing Twice as Quickly as Land Animals. Smithsonian Magazine.


United Nations (2017, June 5-9). Factsheet: Marine pollution. The Ocean Conference,New York, United States. 


Wetzel, C. (2020, March 6). Should we get rid of glitter?. ScienceLine.





Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Nitipak

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on marine life

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 14-07-2020 10:19

Nitipak Ratapipat

  • Nitipak Ratapipat says :
    Thank you for comments from Mentors and all readers.

    Posted 10-07-2020 17:43

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Nitipak Ratapipat, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    Every decision and choice cause opportunity cost. Sadly, the usage of glitter produces the opportunity cost of polluting the marine environment as you've mentioned. Micro-plastic has been a serious problem. A plethora of marine animals are eating micro-plastic because they cannot distinguish them from food. Also, they are extremely slow to be discerned. Knowing that our mere joy can harm marine animals' lives, we should reconsider about the meaning of joy.

    Thank you for your report.
    Posted 01-07-2020 02:47

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Nitipak Ratapipat this is mentor Taehyun!

    People seem to have liked glittering since ancient times. Precious metals, such as gold, actually have the value of the metal, but I think it's because of its aesthetic value. In modern times, it seems like there are so many glitters that can be made cheap from plastic, but it seems natural that these materials are so bad for the environment in the same context as plastic! Let's put down some of our fun and think for nature!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 01-07-2020 02:33

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Hello Nitipak,
    As a regular Viewer of the 5 min craft by bright side,
    I can relate how the glitters can be used in soo many things to give it an artistic touch.
    Thank you soo much for sharing.
    Best Regards.
    Posted 28-06-2020 15:51


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank your for your report!!
    Posted 21-06-2020 18:14

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