At a recent Canadian show a shirt won for it’s producer the title, “Canada’s Greatest Screen Printer” (yes, I know, but that’s another topic for another day). For now the point is that far from joining international fashion retailers and the entire European Union in banning glitter, a glitter print has won a competition. The printer earned a lofty title, albeit a bit presumptuous.

The print was described as follows: “The design featured numerous special effects such as suede base, puff base, silver, gold glitter, fluorescent ink, and even glow-in-the-dark! The design also had embroidery over some of the screen printed elements . . . ” Sounds interesting but why, oh why, the glitter?

I emailed the printer via the contact information on their website, but, as in so many of these instances, there has been no response. After I contacted the show organizer, the sponsor of the award was advised of the microplastic concern too but, again, there has been no response.

We have to do better than this. Our industry is in the spotlight as a major polluter. We can’t carry on as if the environment is not our problem. It’s irresponsible and it’s bad business practice.

Please refuse to print with glitter.