German glitter sales soar as EU ban looms

German glitter sales soar as EU ban looms

THE WHAT? German shoppers have been stockpiling glitter as an EU ban on microbeads approaches. Loose glitter will no longer be sold in the European Union from October 15 as part of a wider drive to reduce the release of microplastics into the environment.

THE DETAILS The Guardian reports that German celebrities are behind the sales surge, reportedly pushing up demand – although the newspaper does not provide any concrete figures to support its claims.

THE WHY? The European Commission is cracking down on microplastics as part of a wider drive to reduce water pollution.

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