Cosmetic Glitter Vs Bio Glitter

Let’s talk about it…. 🤷‍♀️

We at Kyndred love the environment and we have spent ALOT of time researching different types of glitter, the pros, the cons, what they are made from, how they are made, and most importantly how they can affect the environment. 🌏

We use both high quality, non-toxic, cosmetic grade as well as biodegradable glitter.

We believe both have advantages and disadvantages and we want to share with you all some stuff we’ve learnt about these tiny sparkles of happiness!

Cosmetic Glitter

Cosmetic glitter mainly made from PET. PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, or more simply put, polyester. Yes, that means it is mostly… *gets ready for the keyboard warriors to start attacking, Microplastics!! But let’s be real for a second, glitter isn’t the only thing that uses polyester. PET is used in just about everything we use every day including most likely the clothes you’re wearing.

One of the UK’s largest Cosmetic companies’ database has over 1,500 cosmetics listed that include polyethylene and over 600 listed that include PET specifically. These include hair styling products, mascaras and lipsticks that get washed down the drain daily.


These bad boys are very small pieces of plastic that pollute the environment, they are so small that they are usually not picked up by water filtration and make it out into rivers and oceans. Fish and other aquatic animals then eat them and they could die or have health problems. 😢🐠

Here is a woohoo moment for us glitter lovers, National Geographic wrote an article on a study done by Richard Thompson, a marine biologist at the University of Plymouth in western Britain and a leading expert on microplastics.

He wrote; “So while there is evidence of accumulation of microplastics in general and evidence of harm from lab studies, there is a lack of clear evidence specifically on glitter”. “We have microplastic particles in around one third of the 500 fish we examined in the English Channel, but we did not find any glitter.” 👏👏

Now we’re not saying it’s now ok to go pour all of your craft glit down the sink and we still want to do our best to look after our precious water ways but tinker bell and I both loved hearing the results of this study. 🧚‍♀️

Bio Glitter

We offer biodegradable glitter and we will slowly keep adding to this collection. We hope to one day be 100% bio degradable in the glitter department.. Because let’s face it, we want to do the right thing by you and by this wonderful place we call home. But in the mean time I want to share a bit about these tiny, beautiful, bio bits.

Most bio glitter is made from cellulose from trees and the rate of which is manufactured can be harmful to the planet. All of those trees gone.. 😭 Bio also does still contain a very small amount of aluminium but due to the size it’s made it found under the radar of being able to be classed as bio. And of course aluminium is not bio degradable.

Bio also needs perfect conditions to break down… air, dirt, water. Which when it’s worn and not removed correctly (ie. washed down the drain), it will not leave it in those needed conditions. If it goes into water ways it doesn’t break down very quickly as it doesn’t have all the elements it needs to break down. 💨🌱💦

Biodegradable glitter does not dissolve in water. It will break down but not dissolve. Microorganisms are needed to digest eco-glitter and transform it into harmless substances; carbon dioxide, biomass and water. When bio glitter breaks down in the water it doesn’t just disappear, it’s still there you just can’t see it. Similar to salt dissolved in water, it is still there just you cannot see it. For example, when sea water dries on skin, the salt is left behind and reappears on your skin, it’s doesn’t dissolve and disappear, it’s still there. 🤔

PLEASE don’t think we are trying to tell you that bio is bad because we’re not but we just want to share with everyone as much as we can on this topic, so you can make up your own mind to what choices are right for you.

You can help

How can we all play our part when it comes to glitter?? With the safe and correct removal of all glitter. You should ALWAYS remove your glit before jumping into the shower or the ocean. We recommend two simple ways to do this!

  1. A sticky lint/pet hair removal roller – Rolly, rolly, rolly all the way to the bin.
  2. A dry brush or exfoliating mitt – Gently brush off the dried glitter from your skin before getting wet.

How many of you are still with me? If you are well done, it means you really do care. 🙌💚

So let’s wrap this up

I’m not saying that I know everything about this topic and I am certainly not trying to run down environmentalists. I really admire people who love our earth so passionately. I do encourage you to further educate yourselves as I will continue to do but in the meantime just try be a good person, do your best to look after our environment and keep buying pretty things that make you happy. 💫💫