Advent calendars at the ready…will this be the last December of scattering glitter?

One of the news items which caught my eye this month was the headline explaining how a chain of child-care nurseries has banned the use of glitter for the children’s art and craft activities. ¬†The reasoning behind this action is the threat from plastic entering the food chain; glitter consists of tiny particles of plastic…anyone who has supervised a child around Christmas will know how glitter manages to leave the art or craft does get everywhere!

However, the issue is not simply the irritation to those tasked with washing the household linens and family clothing, the manner in which such tiny particles can quickly enter the human food chain is alarming.  Given how this lengthy chain carries plastic particles within the diet of the more substantial ocean creatures used as human food, surely there should be greater concern?

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