What is Minimal Glitter made from?

Minimal Glitter glitter produced from a special biodegradable film that is certified compostable. The biodegradable element of the glitter is derived from sustainable sources, does not contain genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms.
Minimal Glitter offers the same precision cut and highly reflective properties as conventional PET based glitter.

Does Minimal Glitter satisfy the requirements of the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009?


Does Minimal Glitter meet FDA requirements for cosmetic products?

Several colours meet FDA requirements and more are being reformulated with appropriate colour additives.

Is Minimal Glitter antimony free?

Yes (Total content analysis by Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Spectrometry <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 Minimal Glitter?


What conditions are required for biodegradation to occur?

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

Will Minimal Glitter biodegrade on the shelf in dry form?

Minimal 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.

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 characterization (including heavy metals)
2. Biodegradation (measures the breakdown to carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Requirementis 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 Minimal Glitter meet the requirements of EN13432 and ASTM D6400?

The biodegradable film used in Minimal 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.

How long does it take for Minimal Glitter to biodegrade?

Rate of biodegradation is dependent on composting conditions. The biodegradable film is accredited according to the standards referred to in the previous FAQ. CosmeticBio-glitter® 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.

Does Minimal 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 Minimal Glitter are obtained from GMO’s.

Will Minimal Glitter biodegrade in sea water?

The biodegradable film used in Minimal Glitter biodegrades in sea water in accordance with the standard ASTM D7081-05.

Can Minimal 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 Minimal Glitter be incinerated?


Can Minimal Glitter be thermally recycled?

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

Does Minimal Glitter satisfy European Toy Safety Standards?

Yes, both EN71-2: 2011 for flammability and EN71-3: 2013 A1: 20014 for migration of certain elements.

I have other questions about Minimal Glitter

Please email info@minimalglitter.com if you have any other questions that is not answered above and we will do our best to answer your questions within 48 hours.