"We are discontinuing most of our Biodegradable and Compostable glitters. After doing extensive research and listening to feedback from customers, with regards to needs vs. wants, pricing concerns, and what we could sustainably offer our customers, we have made some changes to our Biodegradable and Plant-Based Compostable glitter lines.
"Plant-Based Compostable Glitter is a non-plastic glitter, made from plant-based cellulose, such as corn. But due to the manufacturing process (which is designed to create a more durable product), it only degrades in an industrial composting environment. Wastewater treatment facilities do an excellent job of filtering out microplastic, so we have no doubts that they also can filter out this type of glitter. The filtered waste from water treatment facilities is then essentially in an industrial composting environment which should degrade the plant-based glitters. Studies have shown that wastewater treatment facilities are NOT a significant source for microplastic being released into public waterways. Therefore, compostable glitters that are washed down a shower drain, in most cases, are not a concern for marine health.
While Plant-Based Compostable glitter is not an ideal care-free product, with regards to eco-friendliness, it does address some of the concerns and is a step in the right direction. It is made with renewable resources, can degrade in an appropriate environment, and has a shorter lifespan than traditional plastic. The cost, while still higher than traditional glitter, is much lower than the fully biodegradable glitters, and is therefore more accessible to artists. As they say….Pick your battles, and just do your best. Every little bit helps." - Excerpt from "The scoop on Biodegradable Glitter and Plant-Based Compostable Glitters" on Amerikan Body Art website.