Glitter is bad for the environment full stop, however Bio glitter a different story
(taken from web) www.bio-glitter.com
Cosmetic Bio-glitter is based on biodegradable film made from trees, primarily eucalyptus, sourced from responsibly managed plantations.
Cosmetic Bio-glitter contains low levels of heavy metals.
Antimony levels in Bio-glitter are below the limits of detection, effectively zero. Whereas, cosmetic polyester glitter can have antimony levels as high as 150ppm. The antimony in polyester is a by-product of a catalyst used in the manufacture of polyester.
Cosmetic Bio-glitter feels more comfortable on the skin.
Bio-glitter is physically 30-40% softer than polyester glitter.
What is Bio GLO
Bio-GLO is a glitter produced from a biodegradable film that is certified compostable. The biodegradable element of the glitter is derived from sustainable sources, does not contain genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms. Bio-glitter offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as conventional PET based glitter.
What conditions are required for biodegradation to occur?
Heat, water and oxygen are required for effective biodegradation by micro-organisms. Biodegradable plastics are metabolised by micro-organisms which transform the bioplastic product into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.
Will Bio-glitter biodegrade on the shelf?
Bio-glitter is very stable and will not biodegrade on the shelf. Biodegradation will only be initiated in a soil, compost or waste-water environment where micro-organisms are present.
What official standards are there for compostability?
There is a European (EN13432) and an American (ASTM D6400) standard which define the tests required to demonstrate the compostability of a material. Other countries have their own version although there is an ISO standard (ISO 17088:2012(en)) which should allow for harmonisation. There are four main parts to the test: Material characterization (including heavy metals) Biodegradation (measures the breakdown to carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Requirement is for >90% biodegradation in 180 days, or >60% for ASTM D6400)
Disintegration (the material must physically break down into pieces to give >90% at <2mm residues within 90 days) Ecotoxicity (ensures no toxic material is produced which can adversely affect plant growth) The standards measure suitability for industrial composting. For home compostability, the same criteria must be met but under ambient conditions, according to the OK Compost Home standard
One of the other big issues we face as Litter Pickers and to the environment are discarded cigarette butts. Smoking-related litter is one of the most prevalent types of litter, they are often time-consuming and expensive to clean-up because if their small size, as well as being unsightly where they are allowed to accumulate.
It’s really important that we work together to ensure we dispose of our cigarette butts correctly, by having plenty of designated disposal areas & pocketable ashtrays we can begin to make a change.
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Where ever you are working on site you could have a rubbish bag with you for food wrappers and container, fag butts, plastic bags cardboard water bottles, cable ties . electrical tape, straws & cans so it doesn’t end up on the ground before the event
If we can manage these habits within our working environment, we can expand them into our everyday lives.
If you see some litter on the floor, don’t just pass it by, pick it up and bin it. If you don’t, you could also be playing a part in potential harm to our planet as well as our animals and oceans.
Having a clean site before your event is just as important as a clean site during and after your event. We will always carry out a pre show litterpick so the event is clean before the customers arrive.
Ways you can help
When it comes to planning your event, one simple yet effective thing you could do is to ensure your staff members do their best to keep a tidy environment.
Buckets in various locations for smokers, a number of bin bags for rubbish and clear bags for any recyclable items. If we work together we can create a healthier, cleaner environment for everyone involved.
Glass is one of our biggest problems when it comes to live events. We all know how easily glass breaks and once this happens it then becomes a hazard too. When broken glass is left, it’s easily embedded below the surface, when it rains the ground then soaks up the water, pushing the glass and causing it to resurface, which recreates the hazard.
What is good most events these days have a no glass policy but still in a small quantity it gets on site so our litter pickers are always on the look out for that hazzard that can just sit below the surface of the grass.
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