Verify: Do scientists want to ban glitter?

Social media posts site studies that call for the ban on glitter. But are they legitimate?

AUSTIN - It's the flashy craft decoration that seems to have an unavoidable ability to spread and hide in every nook and cranny. 

Glitter may be a popular decoration, in leiu of that, but multiple online sites are now claiming that scientists want it banned.

The claims say that environmental scientists want glitter, along with microbeads and all other small, plastic particles to be banned due to risks of pollution and toxicity to oceans, lakes and rivers.

So is their claim true? Well, yes. But it's important to look at the full picture. 

British newspaper, "The Independent" referenced a study by Plymouth University in the UK. It claimed that a multitude of fish had been found with plastics inside of them. 

In their article, Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand's Massey University said, "I think all glitter should be banned, because it's microplastic."

While that is indeed a scientist calling for glitter to be banned, there are not currently any large legal or governmental pushes to make it a reality, nor could KVUE find any large consensus of scientists or scientific body pushing for similar bans.

The U.S. currently has a ban on microbeads in bathing products, but no such restrictions exist for glitter.

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