Good news! John Lewis, Waitrose and Morrisons are going glitter-free this Christmas

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova - Getty Images

From Country Living

Morrisons, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose will no longer use glitter in their own-brand Christmas products, as of this year.

All Morrisons cards, crackers, wrapping paper, present bags, flowers, plants and wreaths are now 100% glitter-free.

Waitrose and John Lewis & Partners will remove glitter from all single-use products this Christmas, confirming in a statement: "All own-brand cards, crackers, wrapping paper, gift bags are now 100% glitter-free."

Glitter contains micro-plastics which cannot be widely recycled by local councils. These tine pieces of plastic can find their way into rivers and oceans, causing harm to wildlife, and taking many years to degrade.

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Photo credit: mattpaul - Getty Images

Morrisons has also removed all plastic toys from its Christmas crackers, which will be completely plastic-free this year.

Christine Bryce, Morrisons Home Director, said: "Every time a cracker is pulled, or a card is opened, plastics have been used...but just the once. So, we've taken glitter and plastic out of our festive range this year - so that our customers can enjoy their festivities without worrying about the environmental impact. This means that we’re now 100 per cent glitter free across all our own brand ranges which is an important step in the fight against plastic pollution."

Photo credit: Morrisons
Photo credit: Morrisons

Boots said it would be ditching single-use plastic packaging from Christmas gifts, taking 2,000 tonnes of plastic from its ranges.

Meanwhile, Asda announced earlier this year that it would launch its first sustainable Christmas range, while Tesco uses only edible glitter.

Sainsbury's said that "customers will find no glitter on our Christmas cards, wrapping paper or gift bags" in their range this year. They still have glitter on crackers, decorations, and flowers, but the amount has been reduced.

The BBC reports that between four and 12 million tonnes of plastic waste makes its way into oceans every year, mainly through rivers.

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