Glitter is a component of numerous glittering Christmas decorations, kid’s artwork, horrifying practical jokes, and the bane of many vacuums. It is a chemical that spreads like wildfire and is nearly impossible to get rid of. However, there is a rumor that the glitter era is coming to an end because there is a terrible lack of glitter right now.
We hear you scream, “The horror!” But where exactly is the glitter going? Who even makes use of it? What is it even? There is, however, a glitter conspiracy that has been going around for a long, according to which the top consumer of this dazzling commodity is hiding their identity.
What materials makes up glitter?
The majority of glitter is composed of numerous large sheets of thin plastic or foil that are frequently coated with an aluminum layer, a material known as aluminum polyethylene terephthalate. However, some craft glitter is created from glass and metal.
It is available in a wide variety of forms, dimensions, and hues. The cosmetic variety has a more rounded form to prevent cutting your skin.
Why is glitter so appealing to us?
It is a brilliant marvel that piques people of all ages’ interest. Shiny objects have long fascinated humans. Given that the attraction of glossy objects is associated with the desire for fresh water, there may be an evolutionary explanation for this. In one study, researchers looked at how frequently toddlers and babies mouths or licked various shiny-surfaced dishes and discovered that they are drawn to reflective surfaces.
How is glitter produced?
It was first developed in the 1940s by a man by the name of Henry Ruschmann on a farm in New Jersey. Having built a cutting machine to cut developed glossy photo prints, he observed that it occasionally stuttered and deposited cellulose/paper, known as “schnibbles,” due to his extensive precision cutting knowledge. Ruschmann later created a device to cut glitter schnibbles from discarded plastic. The glitter production was intended to be a side business to assist in covering the farm’s operational expenses for raising and milking Guernsey cows, but it ended up becoming its own business, known as Meadowbrook Inventions.
Glitter wasn’t popularized until Christmastime in 1940s New York City, when using glitter in place of Christmas candles was promoted due to World War 2.
A maker of glitter?
There are two primary businesses, both of which are situated in New Jersey. The first is the original Meadowbrook Inventions, which, in email correspondence with The New York Times, is described as “a highly secretive corporation.” Secondly, there is Glitterex.
The process of making glitter has a highly cloistered air. Even worse, the businesses do not want their customers to know how this glittering stuff is created.
Who uses glitter the most?
Glitter has a variety of purposes. In order to monitor animals through their glittery feces, researchers and zookeepers have even added glitter to animal chow. Glitter has also been utilized as crime scene evidence because of its static characteristics and how tough it is to remove.
The top glitter consumer, however, is completely unknown. Glitterex’s representative was forbidden from speaking when a reporter questioned them about their main market because “they don’t want anyone to know that it’s glitter [in their product]”
Naturally, this remark caught many people’s attention and served as the inspiration for the glitter conspiracy hypothesis, now known as GlitterGate. Many videos have recently made their way onto TikTok.
What are the primary hypotheses?
There are numerous theories that have gone viral online.
Some people believe that the boat-building industry is to blame, and that glitter is used on boats, with the argument that the industry doesn’t want the public to know since it could damage its image as a manly endeavor. Since it is commonly known that automobile paint contains glitter, this idea may be a little off since the original quote implied that no one would be able to detect that the product contains glitter.
Another hypothesis is that the toothpaste industry is to blame. Some individuals believe it is utilized by the military. Others believe that on several upscale beaches, it is literally incorporated into the sand.
There are a ton of videos addressing this issue, as well as a really in-depth PowerPoint presentation, and it’s really taking over the internet.
Do we even have a lack of glitter?
Although there are online speculations regarding a shortage, no official accounts from the corporations themselves have surfaced (secretive as they are).
However, if there is a scarcity, that can be advantageous. Scientists have even argued for the outlawing of glitter due to the fact that the plastic film from which the majority of it is formed takes around 1,000 years to decompose.
Who, in your opinion, consumes glitter the most?