Loads of our favourite UK festivals are banning glitter

Glitter is essentially lots of tiny pieces of plastic [Photo: Getty]
Glitter is essentially lots of tiny pieces of plastic [Photo: Getty]

Whether you’ll be rocking a glitter bum or glitter tongue this year, the sparkly stuff has become an absolute must during festival season.

But unfortunately, covering ourselves in it comes at a price.

Glitter is made up of tiny pieces of plastic which, like recently-banned micro beads, clogs up the ocean and has a devastating effect on marine life.

So a total of 61 festivals have committed to banning single-use plastic from their sites by 2021, including glitter.

The Drastic on Plastic initiative, which is led by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), will see plastic straws, plastic food trays, plastic drinks bottles and more outlawed on participating festival sites.

Festivals to join it include big names such as Bestival, Boomtown, Lost Village and Truck.

It isn’t just the festival scene that has begun to take responsibility either – last year, a nursery banned the use of glitter over environmental concerns.

So will we look back on today as a bygone, glittery era?

Not necessarily. Biodegradable glitter made from plant-based materials are becoming increasingly available including brands such as Ecoglitterfun, Ecostardust and Glitterlution, so you can still put those arty glitter skills to good use guilt-free.

Check out the full list of festivals planning on ditching glitter here.

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