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  • Images Magazine’s June edition included an article promoting glitter prints
  • Glitter is harmful to the environment

The full version:

I was disappointed to see that Images Magazine published an article in their June edition promoting glitter prints. I think this was inappropriate given how the fashion industry has been singled out lately for environmental insensitivities and how glitter has been shown to be damaging to the environment.

As I have written twice in the past year, recent research has shown how glitter is adding to the microplastic problem in the oceans as far away as the Arctic. At 1 percent it’s not a significant part of the overall microplastic problem but we have to start somewhere and glitter is one of the easiest to start with—just stop using it. There are plenty of other ideas and materials for creating special effects prints.

Here’s an interesting and alarming number regarding how plastic has found its way into our food . . . We humans now ingest an average of about five grams of plastic a week—the equivalent of a credit card. Every week.

So why contribute to the problem with glitter when it can so easily be remedied?

Call Stanley’s for the materials you can use for special-effects prints without resorting to glitter.