These European Retailers Are Banning Glitter For Christmas

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 months ago | News

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Glitter is pretty terrible for the environment, because it is made out of plastic and aluminium bonded with polyethylene terephthalate. This makes up microplastics, which have already polluted our natural waterways beyond comprehension. Which is why it is great to see that some European retailers have begun pledging to ban glitter for Christmas this year.

With 142 days to go until the holiday, Tesco has become the latest retailer to switch to a plastic-free version for its Christmas range of trees, plants and flowers this year. The UK’s largest retailer reportedly plans to launch an eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter in its Christmas horticulture range, but people are disappointed that this progressive step won’t also extend to Tesco’s cards, stationery and wrapping paper.

Other European retailers have done just that, though, with Aldi ditching plastic glitter from this year’s Christmas cards and wrapping paper. The move – which extends to all 825 UK and 130 Ireland stores – is reportedly part of a pledge to remove non-biodegradable glitter from all products by the end of 2020.

Waitrose, too, has pledged to ban glitter from all own-brand products by 2020. The supermarket chain says it will either use an environmentally friendly alternative or ditch the glitter altogether. Meanwhile, Hobbycraft has launched biodegradable alternatives like a craft bio-glitter for children and has pledged that its range will be free of plastic glitter by 2021.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, here’s hoping that some local retailers will pay attention and also pledge to banning glitter for Christmas.

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