Waste Not! Want Not! Week 17…Microplastics, Glitter and Wild Harvesters?

As you know because I tell you every week I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

green foot prints eco system


A few things have greatly disturbed me this last week…Things I am ashamed to say that I didn’t think about and I believe I should have either been aware of or looked into it of my own violation… I didn’t!



Basically, microplastics are miniscule man-made plastic fragments or particles that are  5.0 mm to 100 nanometers in size. These tiny bits are filling oceans, seas, and waterways which in turn end up into the organisms who live in these waters …Now for the scary bit, we swim, we eat fish and shellfish hence they end up in our bodies.

Where do they originate from .microfibers from clothing, microbeads, plastic pellets (also known as nurdles), Glitter…Now what child doesn’t play with glitter, have their faces painted with it… so many uses and it doesn’t stop with the kids…Partytime…Almost everyone I know loves a bit of glitter…


Microbeads, a type of microplastic, are small plastic particles that are less than 5 mm in diameter. They are used in a number of ways, including as cleansing or exfoliating agents in cosmetics, soaps or toothpaste. …Microbeads are just one type of microplastic that can be found in lakes and streams …

There is no getting away from the fact that they are in most everyday products we use and either throw away or wash down our waste systems…

This article will tell you where the microplastics come from and where they can end up…




Glitter… I love anything sparkly and I am the first one to buy Lily glitter. Partytime we go for anything which glitters don’t we? Christmas all those sparkly decorations and the paper with glitter …I mean how much glitter do we find attached to our clothes do we sweep up ???

I really didn’t give it a thought when I saw media pictures and articles of sea life I didn’t connect the dots…I truly didn’t…

tubes of various glitters.

So pretty and so deadly…

I also found out that…

  • Some research has also found that PET, the plastic most glitter is made from, can break down and release chemicals that can disrupt human and animal hormones.
  • As a result, some scientists and campaigners are calling for a total ban on glitter.
  • Festivals in the UK and some companies have already committed to banning glitter.

I was dreading having to tell Lily no more glitter and I won’t have to…

Never fear…

This UK company uses plant-based materials rather than plastic PROVEN through ISO14851 freshwater testing to biodegrade into harmless substances in the natural environment.


This video shows how much glitter is used in a photo shoot and we now know where that ends up and the consequences to marine life and humans… but thanks to Bioglitter there is a bit less…




I think that almost everybody has heard or watched Sir David Attenborough…..

At 93 years of age, he is appalled at how quickly climate change has advanced and is bringing out a one-off programme on climate change the dangers and the solutions…

The climate change documentary is part of a BBC series called Our Planet Matters that kicked off with Blue Planet Live Sunday night.

Sir David Attenborough will present this new ‘unflinching’ documentary about climate change as he fears ‘conditions have changed far faster than he ever imagined.

In the one-off film for BBC One – which comes after one of the hottest years on record – the naturalist and broadcaster will look at the potential threats to the planet as well as possible solutions, 20 years after he first started talking about the impact of climate change.


Lastly, I read a thought-provoking article on The Sisters of the Fey yesterday…Again I was horrified at MY lack of thought … I have been in queues in the past when there have been shortages. I have seen empty shelves …Here many products are imported and they are here one minute and gone the next and they may not appear if they ever do again for a good few months …I am NOT perfect by a long way but I would never if there were 6 left on the shelves take all 6 …I may take 3 if it was something I relied on and used a lot but I wouldn’t take all.

I also know people who would and who do stockpile… I have never liked that way of thinking…It doesn’t sit right with me…

forest trees

By the same token if I see anything growing wild and pick I would leave some and would only ever take a small cutting if there was a lot of something and many Thais are the same but there are also the ones who strip everything for themselves or monetary gain… I know because I have heard my daughter in law sound of if she catches anyone …She is mindful of how and what she grows and doesn’t use insecticides…

This post highlighted indigenous and native people who have traditions and rely on certain herbs and roots to carry on those traditions or indeed rely on those to feed their families …

It truly touched a nerve or a chord with me … I loved the post and in future will be asking the questions and be mindful of what I buy and its origins.


Thank you for reading this post which I believe will point the way to a few changes we can make to really make a difference as I know I am not doing enough and should be doing more and that seems to be backed up by much in this post what do you think?… Are you doing enough to Save the Planet ???

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

18 thoughts on “Waste Not! Want Not! Week 17…Microplastics, Glitter and Wild Harvesters?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That is ok if it something which is relevant to my posts subject then I will always link…It was interesting that she talked about smudging and how white sage is endangered and how we should think before we buy as to the source and the same if foraging either don’t take any or take a very small amount. xxx

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      1. Adele Marie

        Sorry I’m so late with this reply, Carol, the internet has been dreaful recently. A 2nd engineer is coming on Wednesday. I have another story for your waste not want not. My wife Becca has been taking wildflower seeds with her when walking our dog Dante and she has been spreading them over areas that are forgotten and never touched where the flowers hopefully, will grow and provide a haven for Bees, butterflies, and all manner of insects. xxx

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        What a great idea, Adele …I hope you get your internet sorted soon nothing worse is there? although here it is par for the course and we get used to it…haha xxx

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