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Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

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Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

Post by Valigarmander » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:49 am

Sorry, HotD.
Glitter seems like a harmless bit of fun, but its environmental impact has led some scientists to call for it to be banned.

Most glitter is made from plastic, and the small size of its particles makes it a potential ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans.

“I think all glitter should be banned, because it’s microplastic,” said Dr Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University.

Microplastics are fragments of plastic less than 5 millimetres in length. Their size makes them an appealing – though dangerous – food item for many animals.

Not only have marine animals from plankton to whales been documented eating plastic, often with fatal consequences, microplastics can end up inside us when we consume seafood. One study led by Professor Richard Thompson reported that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish.

Some estimates place the number of microplastics in the world's ocean at up to 51 trillion fragments in total.

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Re: Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

Post by St. Tazy Ten » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:11 am

Too bad you can never really get rid of glitter.

It's probably got onto another planet at this point.

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Re: Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

Post by Heroine of the Dragon » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:41 pm

I'm coming to the conclusion that the invention of plastic might not have been so great after all. :/
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Re: Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:05 pm

Biodegradable glitter is clearly the only way.

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Re: Scientists warn that glitter is an environmental hazard.

Post by е и ժ е я » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:55 am

Surprising idiots the world over,
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