Biodegradable glitter for face and body

Cosmetic Bio-glitter®
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cosmetic Bio-glitter®?

Cosmetic Bio-glitter® is a glitter produced from a special biodegradable film that is certified compostable. The biodegradable element of the glitter is derived from sustainable sources and does not contain genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms. Cosmetic Bio-glitter® offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as Cosmetic Polyester (PET) glitter.

What is Cosmetic Bio-glitter® made from?

Cosmetic Bio-glitter® is made from a special biodegradable film which is derived from sustainable and environmentally sourced raw materials, produced and harvested to FSC® standards.

How long does it take for Cosmetic Bio-glitter® to biodegrade?

Rate of biodegradation is dependent upon composting conditions. The biodegradable film is accredited according to the standards referred to in the previous FAQ. Cosmetic Bioglitter ® has the advantage that most glitter particle sizes in the product range are already <2mm in size and immediately pass the disintegration criteria for the standard.

Will Cosmetic Bio-glitter® biodegrade in sea water?

The biodegradable film used in Cosmetic Bio-glitter® biodegrades in sea water in accordance with the standard ASTM D7081-05.

Does Cosmetic Bio-glitter® contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)?

No ‘genetically modified materials’ are used in the production process and based on information from our Suppliers none of the materials used to formulate Cosmetic Bio-glitter® are obtained from GMO’s.

Is Cosmetic Bio-glitter® suitable for vegetarians and vegans?


Is Cosmetic Bio-glitter® free of the 14 common food allergens?


What conditions are required for biodegradation to occur?

Heat, water and oxygen are required for effective biodegradation by microorganisms. Biodegradable plastics are metabolised by micro-organisms which transform the bioplastic product into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

Will Cosmetic Bio-glitter® biodegrade on the shelf in dry form?

Cosmetic Bio-glitter® is very stable and will not biodegrade on the shelf. Biodegradation will only be initiated in a soil, compost or waste-water environment where micro-organisms are present.

Can Cosmetic Bio-glitter® be recycled with paper or board?

It can be successfully recycled with carton-board but not currently recommended for mechanical recycling with paper.

Can Cosmetic Bio-glitter® be incinerated?


Can Cosmetic Bio-glitter® be thermally recycled?

As it is not a thermoplastic material it is not recommended.

What official standards are used to test for compostability?

The European (EN13432) and American (ASTM D6400) standards define the tests required to demonstrate the compostability of a material. Other countries have their own version although there is an ISO standard (ISO 17088:2012(en) which should allow for harmonisation. There are four main parts to the test:
1 Material characterisation (including heavy metals)
2 Biodegradation (measures the breakdown to carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Requirement is for >90% biodegradation in 180 days, or >60% for ASTM D6400)
3 Disintegration (the material must physically break down into pieces to give >90% at <2mm residues
within 90 days)
4 Ecotoxicity (ensures no toxic material is produced which can adversely affect plant growth)
The standards measure suitability for industrial composting. For home compostability, the same criteria must be met but under ambient conditions, according to the OK Compost Home Standard.

Does Cosmetic Bio-glitter® meet the requirements of EN13432 and ASTM D6400?

The biodegradable film used in Cosmetic Bio-glitter® is certified to these norms for compostable packaging and is eligible to carry the seedling logo from Din Certco and the certification marks of the BPI and AIB Vinçotte, where applicable. It is also certified by AIB Vinçotte for home compostability according to the OK Compost Home standard.

Does Cosmetic Bio-glitter® satisfy the requirements of EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 and FDA Title 21 CFR Cosmetic Regulations?


Is Bio-glitter® antimony free?

Yes (ICP-MS <5ppm, the limit of the test method). No antimony is used in the production process. Has animal testing been used in the development or production of Cosmetic Bio-glitter®? No. Does Cosmetic Bio-glitter® satisfy European Toy Safety Standards? Yes, both EN71-2: 2011 for flammability and EN71-3: 2013 A1: 20014 for migration of certain elements.