The glitter is biodegradable, the trend of eco-Carnaval in Rio [PHOTOS]
RIO DE JANEIRO – IN Rio de Janeiro, it is hard to imagine carnival without a rain of glitter, but more and more Brazilians are beginning to use to their disguises biodegradable products so that microparticles of plastic does not spill over into the ocean.
These microparticles, which sparkle on the faces and bodies are very polluting and pose a real threat to marine wildlife: when you wash, they fall into the sewers and end up in the sea.
“I always used a lot of glitter, I thought it was great. But when I discovered that they were made out of plastic and aluminum, I said to myself that it had to do something to change it”, explains to the AFP Frances Sansao, 29 years old, in full preparations for the carnival which officially starts Friday.
This architect by training, launched two years ago the brand Pura Bioglitter and has been a pioneer in the market of glitter green Brazil. Import existing products from Great Britain or the United States was too expensive to be viable, Frances decided to make her own.
Inspired by recipes vegan, she has tested several formulas, to get the best, seaweed, and rocks of mica.
“These flakes are lighter and are not harmful. On the contrary, they are good for the skin and have no impact on marine life”, she says.
In just three days, “the glitter will break down and return to their natural state, algae and stones, this is not a problem that they end up in the sea.”
A festival at a street party in Rio de Janeiro
AP, Leo Correa
More expensive and less brilliant
In contrast to the glitter industry, the ecological have irregular shapes and have a metallic, mica gloss less than aluminum.
“The people engaged in the preservation of the environment will understand that it is not exactly the same thing (that glitter to plastic base), it is an eco-friendly alternative”, she admits.
One of her clients, Denise Davidson, a chef in a restaurant, is conquered: “It is really much better than the glitter industry. We live in a time where there is more attention to nature, I think a lot of people start to use” biodegradable products.
For the manufacture sequins, Frances Sansao added to water, a powder of seaweed and carries the liquid to a boil in a saucepan, until it achieves a pasty consistency.
It then adds the powder of mica, dyes, and then spread the mixture and let it dry. He then takes the appearance of a large sheet of paper, it is then enough to grind into very small pieces with a blender.
The straws are then stored in small vials and sold 10 réais the gram (about 2,30 euros). A large surface area, the industrial version plastic can cost ten times less expensive, especially if it is sold in large quantity, in pots containing 50 grams.
Frances Sansao launched two years ago the brand Pura Bioglitter and has been a pioneer in the market of glitter green Brazil.
With its two associated and two employees, Frances Sansao manages to produce 800 grams per day. His small company has plans to manufacture 50 kg up to the end of the carnival, on the 6th of march.
“When I created Pura Bioglitter in 2017, the people told me that my concerns were overblown, that it was just glitter. But since there has been a growing awareness of the fact that it is no longer possible to continue to pollute the planet with all the plastic”, she says.
Even if demand continues to rise, Frances does not believe that it is possible to manufacture straws biodegradable industrial scale at competitive prices.
This is why she advises those who continue to use sequins to plastic base to remove it from the body and throw it in the trash before showering, to avoid that the particles do not flow into the sea.
But those who prefer the eco-friendly version can party with a clear conscience.
Of the party during a street party in Rio de Janeiro
AP, Leo Correa
An article on the company that Frances Sansao