The New York Times reports that in the UK, "three major retailers — the grocery chains Morrisons and Waitrose and the department store company John Lewis — have announced that they will not use glitter in their in-house brand, single-use Christmas products this year. That means no glittery snowflakes on Christmas cards, no sparkling snowmen on stickers, and no twinkling stars on wrapping paper."
The reason, according to Morrisons: "Glitter is made from tiny particles of plastic and is an ecological hazard if it becomes dispersed on land, rivers and oceans — where it takes hundreds of years to degrade."
The Times notes that "it appears that no similar glitter reckoning is underway in the United States. Major retailers including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS and Costco did not immediately respond to questions about whether they were making efforts to ban or limit glitter. The Environmental Protection Agency did not respond to questions about whether regulators or companies were taking steps to ban glitter in the United States, or how glitter bans could affect the environment."
- KC's View:
Seems like a small price to pay to do something positive for the environment … just get rid of the damned stuff. It isn't that important, and certainly not as important as nurturing a fragile planet.
In "The Merchant of Venice," which is where the "all that glisters is not gold" line comes from ("glisters" being an early word for "glitters"), a line that follows goes, "Had you been as wise as bold, Young in limbs, in judgment old." Which seems appropriate. In such things, it would be nice if we were as wise as bold, and show judgement beyond our years.