The glitter episode


Slowly but surely, awareness is growing that what is contained in cosmetics should not only be good for our skin, but also for our planet. Many cosmetics still contain microplastics that are a danger to people, animals and the environment. These tiny pieces of plastic (< 5 mm) end up in the ocean through the shower drain and then via fish and other animals in our entire food chain, and ultimately on our plates.

Sparkle with good glitter
There will probably be an official ban on microplastics one day, but in the meantime the problem is only getting bigger. That’s why de Bijenkorf stopped selling make-up with harmful glitter from 1 January 2021. Because most glitters in eye shadow, lipstick, powder and nail polish also consist of microplastics or – even smaller – nanoplastics, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polylactide (PLA).

Fortunately, there are more sustainable alternatives that sparkle just as beautifully and that are water-degradable, such as:

If you also want to make a conscious choice for good glitter, download the app Beat the Microbead. This app was developed by The Plastic Soup Foundation and scans cosmetic products for invisible plastics.

Sustainable cosmetics
In order to change the beauty industry, we have to change ourselves as well. So choose more sustainable options, such as non-animal tested cosmetics. Animal testing has been banned in the EU for a long time, but not outside the EU. Only cosmetics produced and sold in the EU and products with the Leaping Bunny or Cruelty-Free certificate are guaranteed to be free of animal testing. And if you choose products with the EcoCert or NaTrue seal of approval, you can be sure that you are choosing natural cosmetics with organic ingredients.




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