Blog - Biodegradable Glitter at The Green Gathering

We recently made an appearance at The Green Gathering Festival in Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

As advertised we encountered festival bliss! We spent four days experiencing low impact living in an area of outstanding natural beauty with every nook and corner bursting with creativity.

biodegradable glitter

"The Green Gathering is a place to party, then wake up the next morning and put the world to rights with your new mates from the night before! Join us, share wisdom and skills, find friends old and new, weave and weld and tell stories. Be inspired. Take the festival spirit home with you…"

biodegradable glitter

We definitely made new friends, partied and learnt loads. We were inspired to change our glitter applicator after chatting to a few people who talked to us about their concerns of us using a petroleum based product. We have now swapped our applicator for a natural, organic plant based product and this is the only applicator we sell or use at festivals going forward. So thanks Green Gathering! 

biodegradable glitter

biodegradable glitter

We had lots of interest in our biodegradable glitter so we thought it would be a good idea to explain more about it.....

Our glitter is:

  • Biodegradable
  • Cosmetic Grade
  • Vegan Friendly

biodegradable glitter

The difference between cosmetic & craft glitter:

Most glitters are made from polyurethane terephthalate more commonly known as PET plastic and aluminum. These are sheets of plastic tinted with colours and then shredded down to various sizes. Some of the tints may be pigments that are approved for use in cosmetics. These glitters are different yet again from craft glitter, which may be tinted with pigments that are not approved for use in any cosmetic and should be avoided all together for makeup use.

Another distinction between a cosmetic glitter and a craft glitter is how they are cut. Craft glitter has sharper edges whereas cosmetic glitter has a smoother edges. This is very important to think about when applying near the eyes. Craft glitter can be very harmful and scratch the eyeballs. Cosmetic glitter is safe to use on your face but you must still consider the size used.

The most common sizes of glitter used in cosmetic applications are .008” and below. .008” is about 203.2 microns. Micron size refers to the size of the particles in the powder. Micro glitter is .004” or 101.6 microns. In America the law states that no glitter type product over 150 microns may be used on your face. This is a law enforced by the FDA and there is a very good reason for it. These larger microns sized glitters could potentially scratch the cornea of your eye. 

biodegradable glitter

Biodegradable Glitter:

Nearly all glitters available are based on PET film and have minimal biodegradability. Our glitter is based on a biodegradable film that is certified compostable.

The biodegradable element of the glitter is derived from sustainable sources, does not contain genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms.

Katie's Heart glitter offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as a conventional PET glitter but it is biodegradable!

Features of Biodegradable Glitter:

  • Certified as industrially compostable
  • OK Compost Home certified
  • Suitable for anaerobic digestion
  • Marine and waste water biodegradable
  • Renewable sourced raw materials
  • Non GM ingredients

biodegradable glitter

Thank you for having us Green Gathering and hopefully we will see you next year!

Hi to all of our new lovely friends too!

Lots of love 

katies heart

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Plant Cellulose. This is the substance that makes up most of a plant's cell walls. Since it is made by all plants, it is probably the most abundant organic compound on Earth. Cellulose is a biodegradable polysaccharide. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate.
No Bio-glitter® does not dissolve in water. Microorganisms are needed to digest Bio-glitter® and transform it into harmless substances; carbon dioxide, water and biomass. If Bio-glitter® did dissolve it would NOT be a good thing as it would still be there in the water, just you would not see it. Similar to salt dissolved in sea water, it is still there just you cannot see it, very easily demonstrated when sea water dries on skin, the salt is left behind and reappears.
The specialised regenerated cellulose core film used in Bioglitter® represents more than 90% of its content and is certified compostable in both industrial (EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400, ISO 17088) and home composting environments (OK Compost Home) and also marine biodegradation approved to ASTM D6691-09. A small amount of surface coating is applied to the certified naturally biodegradable core during the manufacture of Bioglitter®. Irrespective of how little is applied and that the materials used are compliant, physical retesting to the appropriate standard/s is required to claim Bioglitter® is certified. Industrial composting is conducted in man made conditions c.60oC and high humidity. Whereas OK Compost Home and marine testing are more representative of the biodegradability in the natural environment. There is a significantly higher probability for glitter to be found in general waste, waste water and general outdoor environment after use. The route to industrial composting via the compost bin is highly unlikely in reality. Specific Bioglitter® testing; Standards can change, ASTM D7081-05 marine standard was withdrawn in 2014 and more recently attention has been drawn to the applicability of industrial compostability standards (EN13432, ASTM 6400) as a measure of compostability in the natural environment. Biodegradability testing to standards more appropriate to where glitter is found after use and more representative of the natural environment can take up to two years. Considering the above, our approach to testing to a particular standard will be based on its merits in terms of time, cost and validity for a particular glitter application. The goal being to obtain independent test data and certification validating the ability of Bioglitter® to biodegrade outside in the natural environment.
Bioglitter® is very stable and will not biodegrade on the shelf. Biodegradation will only be initiated in soil, compost or waste-water environments where microorganisms are present.
Bioglitter® as supplied has an indefinite shelf life providing it is stored in a dry dark, cool environment, out of direct sunlight, away from direct heat sources and not exposed to microorganisms.
Yes, however Bio-glitter® is not edible. All Katie's Heart products are Vegan friendly.
We can always look into further discounts for large quantities. Please contact us with your requirements.
Katie’s Heart ‘glitter glue’ is natural, organic shea butter.
Yes! Katie's heart Raw Organic Shea Butter Applicator is a gentle and effective way to affix your Bio-Glitter®. A small amount goes a long way and effectively holds your glitter look in place for hours. Shea butter is a key product in all kinds of cosmetic lotions because its a natural moisturiser. Use your applicator to affix your Bio-Glitter® to your face, or anywhere you fancy! You can even use it as a primer for eye shadow, loose pigment and dust, it also makes a great lipsalve or magic cream for little ones! To remove just wash with soap or make up remover. Cosmetically certified, cruelty free, vegan, raw, organic butter that conforms to EU1223/2009.
We are commited to serving the environment. Integrity is at the heart of our small business ethos and we owe it to mother nature to evolve our practices. At present we use plastic pots however this may change.
We do offer a solution to the single use plastic issue –
The pots can be recycled or we have a refill service. It’s so simple – send back your pots, we refill them, post them back to you and deduct the cost of your postage from the order!
• Contact Katie’s Heart and inform us you are opting to use our refill service o FB @xkatiesheartx o Insta @katies_heart o Customer-service@katiesheart.com • We will respond with the return address • Post your pot/s using 1st Class Large Letter Royal Mail at £1.01 (subject to change) • Place your order and we will refund the cost of the postage at the above rate, refill your pot/s and post them back to you!
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You only require a fine layer of the applicator onto your skin for the bioglitter to stick effectively.
We attend many different types of festivals both as Katie’s Heart and also just to enjoy a really good party!
We can honestly say if you use our applicators, your Bio-glitter® and reusable rhinestones will stay on all day and night even if your dance moves are hectic and your skin sweaty!
The best way to remove the bioglitter is to simply wash it off. Jumping in the shower is the best bet and using your usual choice of shower gel or soap. If you are at a festival it is easiest to wash your face with water rather than use wet wipes (plus we really need to think about how many wet wipes we are using!)
Yes! Combining colours and textures gives you many different looks! Be your own mixologist!
Yes! Get in touch with us and lets discuss your needs, that way we can develop a bespoke deal that suits your event.