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Scientists are highlighting the [damaging / damage] that glitter does to our seas, oceans and environment. The scientists are [calling / called] for a worldwide ban [on / in] the sparkly, shiny pieces of plastic that [decoration / decorate] everything from eyelids to greetings cards [at / to] furniture. Scientists from New Zealand's Massey University say glitter is a micro-plastic and should [however / therefore] be banned. They say a considerable amount of glitter ends [up / down] in the world's oceans. Fish cannot digest it and it does not break down, so it [staying / stays] in the food chain. Professor Richard Thompson [conducted / conduct] research in the seas around the United Kingdom. He found that plastic particles were discovered in about one-third of the fish [catch / caught] .

Micro-plastics are [tiny / tinny] pieces of plastic that are less than five millimeters [long / length] . Most glitter produced around the world falls [onto / into] the category of micro-plastics. Dr Trisia Farrelly told Britain's "Independent" newspaper: "I think all glitter should [been / be] banned because it's a micro-plastic." Professor Thompson said: "I was [quiet / quite] concerned when somebody bought my daughters some shower gel that had glitter [particle / particles] in it. That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and [potential / potentially] enter the environment." Some cosmetics companies are now [discontinuing / discontinued] their use of plastic glitter. The company Lush stated: "We've [evaded / avoided] micro-plastics by switching to synthetic and [mineral / minerals] glitter."

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