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‘Hazardous’ glitter hasn’t lost its lustre in nurseries

GLITTER may be a hazard to the environment but it is likely to adorn children’s artwork for some time yet.

Almost 78 per cent of nursery staff said they would not like to see their own nursery ban the microplastic. The poll of 1,092 owners, managers and workers by reviews website, found only 22 per cent were in favour of ditching glitter.

A row erupted at the end of last year after one chain, Tops Day Nurseries, announced it would introduce a ban due to concerns about the environment.

But the poll indicates that many other nurseries are unlikely to follow suit.

Karen Elizabeth Hatton, who runs Wilderness pre-school in Guildford, Surrey, said it is not used excessively and she looks for ‘more ecologically sound’ glitter. ‘There are environmental issues, but we won’t be banning it’, she said. ‘It can become a bit nanny state.’

Cheryl Hadland, boss of Tops Day Nurseries, said she felt ‘sad rather than surprised’ by the findings.

‘I would have had the same opinion only six months ago.

‘I believe that when colleagues in education understand what damage we are doing to the environment that they will start to do whatever they can in order to protect our world for our children and for tomorrow,’ she added.