As I was doing my morning internet perusing, I came across this fun video of a glittery bath bomb making a heinous mess is someones tub.
I love me the glittery things, so naturally I was intrigued, but what really caught my attention was that this magical shiny substance wasn’t plastics-based like most glitter, but rather seaweed-based. You guys…SEAWEED-BASED GLITTER?!?!?!
I had to know more…
In an effort to lower their environmental impact, the eco-conscious company LUSH cosmetics switched out the normal plastic glitter with a mixture of natural mica (what makes it shiny) and agar (a seaweed-based derivative that keeps it together). This product is biodegradable and doesn’t contribute to the ongoing proliferation of micro plastics in our oceans. See more about the process here. I can’t seem to find the seaweed-glitter anywhere else, but props to LUSH for pushing the cosmetic industry in a positive way.
Note: This is not a product endorsement (unless LUSH cosmetics wants to support online ocean science communication ;)