Coating & Laminating All that glitters is gold

The world’s first plastic free certified biodegradable glitter launched for the coatings and print industry


n a world first, a UK company has officially launched a new glitter which is completely plastic free.

Cosmetic Bioglitter PURE, is based on natural materials rather than plastic, is biodegradable and is designed to decompose like a leaf in the natural environment to leave no trace. It is the first glitter to be verified

microplastic free by the EU and officially certified OK Biodegradable WATER by TÜV, which means it is guaranteed to biodegrade in a natural, freshwater environment. Developed by manufacturers Ronald

Britton Ltd, the new Bioglitter has been created for the cosmetic sector, but is robust enough to be used in coating, printing and decorative applications. It offers a 100 per cent plastic free, certified biodegradable and verified microplastic free glitter alternative, for where anything less is not an option. Stephen Cotton, commercial director of

Ronald Britton says: “Cosmetic Bioglitter PURE is completely unique in the market, it is the first glitter of its kind in the world to use natural materials and no plastic. “The issue of plastic waste and

microplastics is something we’ve been working towards tackling in glitter for the best part of a decade. Our first step on the Bioglitter journey was the launch of our

original Bioglitter product back in 2014, followed with Deco Bioglitter SPARKLE, a technical grade for coating and print applications, last year. “Deco Bioglitter SPARKLE was designed

for the coatings market and remains our brightest Bioglitter product. It has also been independently tested to prove that biodegradation is high in the natural environment. Cosmetic Bioglitter PURE takes that one step further and offers the market a new glitter effect that is completely plastic free.” Cosmetic Bioglitter PURE is completely durable as a glitter in product, but once it enters the natural environment, microbes will digest the glitter turning it into carbon dioxide, water and biomass. The product passes all current and future microbead and microplastic legislation and is certified biodegradable in natural freshwater environments, boasting the aforementioned OK Biodegradable WATER Certification from TÜV. Cotton adds: “It’s no exaggeration to say this is a huge change for the industry, setting a new microplastic free glitter standard. Cosmetic Bioglitter PURE truly is a Guilt Free Glitter, designed to offer a sparkly effect, but not at a cost to the environment.” April 2019 23

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