A New Zealand scientist wants plastics glitter banned to protect marine species.
Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University in Palmerston, said there are alternatives to the PET-based glitter.
Her research is based on the findings of toxicologists and endocrinologists.
"There is a growing body of evidence to suggest toxins released by microplastics and additional pollutants absorbed by plastics in aquatic environments — what some marine scientists refer to as 'poison pills' — can bioaccumulate up the food chain with the potential to disrupt the endocrine systems of sea life, and [humans] when we consume seafood," Farrelly said.
She acknowledged glitter is a "relatively tiny part of the broader problem of global microplastics" but wants to "raise awareness about environmentally responsible production and consumption and problems associated with microplastics."