In a win for the environment, Sydney Mardi Gras bans glitter

Image via Matt Akersten and Katherine Griffiths/City of Sydney

Shine bright like a diamond.

Mardi Gras will shimmer slightly less this year, after a ban on glitter has come in place to protect the environment.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras chief executive, Terese Casu, told the Sydney Morning Herald the plan is to make the event completely carbon neutral in the next five years.

“We used to bring in about three tonnes of glitter from China,” Casu said.

“That goes in the gutter, it ends up in our oceans, our fish eat it, you find it in crab shells and oysters. We must be responsible and make really urgent changes.”

Along with the glitter, balloons and single-use plastic water bottles will also be banned at the festival.

Instead, patrons are encouraged to decorate floats with fluorescent lighting, LEDs and lanterns.


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