Tinsel & Glitter

04 Dec 2023


With the festive season fast approaching, there's a palpable excitement in the air. It's the time of year when we adorn our homes with glittering decorations like glitter and tinsel. But have you ever stopped to consider the environmental footprint of these seemingly harmless festive trinkets?

Glitter and tinsel, while charmingly festive, are predominantly plastic-based. This poses a serious environmental concern.

The Glitter Problem

Glitter, a tiny but potent source of pollution, is essentially a microplastic. Its composition of aluminium and plastic allows it to float in the air and eventually settle on the ocean floor, wreaking havoc on marine life. Shockingly, traces of glitter have been found in the stomachs of whales. Moreover, it's estimated that humans ingest approximately five grams of glitter each week! This ubiquitous decoration, sold in its most environmentally damaging form, is not only difficult to clean up at home but also in the broader environment.

Tinsel Trouble

Tinsel, usually crafted from non-recyclable plastic or filmed paper, poses an equally significant environmental threat. Once discarded, tinsel languishes in landfills, refusing to degrade while releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. If incinerated, tinsel made from PVC emits toxic chemicals. The best way to enjoy the shimmer of tinsel without the guilt is to opt for alternatives like paper tinsel, fabric garlands, or reusable bunting.

Make the Green Choice this Festive Season

Armed with this knowledge, you're now better equipped to make environmentally conscious decisions about your festive decorations. Why not explore eco-friendly alternatives? Try fabric bunting instead of plastic, or garlands crafted from recycled paper. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you'll also have the opportunity to put a unique, creative spin on your festive decor.

It's easy to overlook the environmental impact of our festive cheer. Glitter and tinsel may seem innocuous, but their effects on the environment are far-reaching. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly alternatives that allow us to celebrate without causing harm. By making small changes, we can significantly reduce waste and lessen our environmental impact. Remember, every little bit counts!