British supermarket Waitrose announced Friday that it will ban glitter from its own-brand products by Christmas 2020. The upscale retailer said its labels, wrap, flowers, plants and other single-use items will either be glitter-free or use an environmentally friendly alternative. While glitter can certainly make something look more festive, these shiny bits are mostly made of non-recyclable plastics . When it sheds off, glitter acts like any other microplastic that pollutes the environment and our waterways and never breaks down. They can also be mistakenly eaten by marine animals and eventually move up the food chain to our own plates. "Reducing the impact of plastics on the environment is something our customers care passionately about," Tor Harris of Waitrose & Partners said in the company’s announcement. "While it’s important to eliminate the use of glitter, we’ll find other ways to make sure our products sparkle at Christmas and throughout the year." Instead of glitter, the retailer will use more vibrant foliage in its cut flowers and utilize new designs for its stationery, according to the Guardian . Waitrose noted that its initiative followed efforts from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, which banned the use of traditional glitter on the […]

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