Biodegradable? – Thesparkleffect


Not everyone is aware of the huge damage and impact that common plastic glitter has on our environment and wildlife. Common glitter is made from plastic sheets and used in a wide array of products. When washed down the drain, glitter becomes a subset of marine plastic litter known as micro-plastic. Micro-plastic is found throughout the world’s oceans, from the surface to the deep sea.

Our cosmetic glitter is from Bioglitter™, made out of plant cellulose which is derived predominantly from eucalyptus trees, making our product biodegradable, vegan and marine friendly.

How does biodegradable glitter degrade?

Biodegradable doesn't mean the glitter is going to to dissolve in water. It requires bacteria and microorganisms to biodegrade.
Once the glitter enters the environment, microbes will start to consume the biodegradable content turning it into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass. The minimum time for the biodegradation is one month and depends on the local environmental factors, such as heat, moisture, and concentration of microbes.


Bioglitter™ is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic based glitter and has been developed to tackle microplastic pollution created by glitter. The Bioglitter™ brand is often misunderstood as being just a biodegradable glitter, however, it represents much more than that.

Bioglitter™, uses natural and plant-derived, non-plastic material as it’s basis, rather than synthetic plastics or bioplastics. All Bioglitter™ have been tested and PROVEN to biodegrade into harmless substances in the natural environment.
Bioglitter™ certified OK Biodegradable WATER by TÜV, which means guaranteed biodegradation in a natural, freshwater environment. The latest product range Cosmetic Bioglitter™ PURE boasts this accolade, which also verifies it as Microplastic Free (ECHA Microplastic Proposal, Jan 2019). Beta Analytic Certificated 100% Biobased Carbon Content.

Bioglitter™ replaces the core polyester film used in traditional glitter with a unique and special form of cellulose from hardwoods, primarily eucalyptus sourced from responsibly managed and certified plantations operating to PEFC™ standards. This core in its own right possesses excellent eco-credentials, in it being biodegradable in all environments; certified industrial and home compostable, approved soil, wastewater, freshwater and marine biodegradable.