Christmas might not be as sparkly this year, but for a good reason.
Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis won’t use glitter in their own-brand Christmas products this festive season due to environmental concerns. The plastics used to create glitter are harmful to the environment and wildlife, so the move hopes to reduce the negative impact.
Christine Bryce, Morrisons home director, said: "Every time a cracker is pulled, or a card is opened, plastics have been used... but just the once.
"So, we've taken glitter and plastic out of our festive range this year, so that our customers can enjoy their festivities without worrying about the environmental impact."
The move reflects a wider change in the retail industry, with other businesses working to protect the environment.
Boots is cutting out single-use plastic packaging from festive gifts, which adds up to 2,000 tonnes of plastic, according to the BBC. Asda is launching a sustainable Christmas range and Tesco uses only edible glitter.
Around four to 12 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in oceans every year, which then breaks down into smaller pieces that’s ingested by wildlife often with harmful and/or fatal consequences.
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