A quarter of nurseries across the country want to ban the use of glitter due to the impact it has on the environment.
Last year, Tops Day Nurseries announced it would introduce a ban across its 19 nurseries after having concerns that glitter was damaging the eco-system. Instead, the nursery chain uses substances like lentils and rice as a replacement.
Glitter is popular in nurseries for creating cards, crafts and other decorations.
A survey questioned 1,092 nursery owners, managers and workers between January and March and found that just over a fifth (22 per cent) supported banning the use of glitter.
Karen Elizabeth Hatton, who runs Wilderness Pre-School in Guildford, said she is aware of environmental issues and when she orders the substance she will look to see if there are “more ecologically sound” versions.
“There are some things that need watching – for example, we have banned nuts as they are dangerous to children – and there are environmental issues around glitter, but we won’t be banning it,” Ms Hatton said.
Cheryl Hadland, managing director of Tops Day Nurseries said she felt “sad rather than surprised” to find out that the majority of nurseries still plan to use glitter. She added: “It shows how really important it is that we get the word out to our colleagues in the sector.
“I would have had the same opinion only six months ago. I believe that when colleagues in education, and indeed more humans, understand what damage we are doing to the environment – with microplastics and one-use plastics – that they will start to do whatever they can in order to protect our world for our children and for tomorrow.”