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Scientists are fighting for a ban on this common item your children use all the time
You probably have this in your house right now. - photo by Lindsey Miller
Take a look in your arts and crafts cabinet, makeup drawer or nail polish bag and youll probably find a common item glitter. One of my friends in high school actually carried around a jar of the sparkly stuff and threw it up in the air whenever someone was feeling sad. It was magical.

However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my glitter-loving friends arent going to love what scientists have to say about the synthetic goodness.

Scientists are fighting for a ban on glitter because its becoming a global hazard to marine life. You read that right a global hazard.

According to Little Things, the problem stems from a single ingredient used in production polyethylene that is toxic to marine life.

Before you get rid of all the glitter in your house, scientists are saying that crafting glitter isnt hazardous to marine life like cosmetic glitter is. Theyre made out of the same material, but crafting glitter doesnt get washed down the shower drain, and it doesnt end up in the ocean.

So if youre a glitter-loving person like I am, dont worry there are always alternatives. Just make sure to look at the ingredient list when youre buying glitter, and if it doesn't include polyethylene, you should be good to go.

Also, because we know how much joy glitter brings to your life, heres a picture of a glitter beard. You're welcome.