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How to Make Eco-Friendly Confetti

By Stephanie Osmanski

Though confetti has been a popular convention of ceremonies for centuries — weddings, birthday parties, even New Year’s Eve celebrations (as we’re sure you noticed) — eco-friendly confetti has had a bit of a hard go. Traditional confetti is made out of microplastics or mylar, and if it has a metallic shine to it, likely some component of metal. As you can imagine, none of these materials are beneficial to the environment and can cause a lot of harm.

These traditional kinds of confetti can wash away into storm drains, then into local water sources where they do damage to aquatic life. Alternatively, confetti and glitter can also be harmful to animals who stumble upon clumps of the stuff and ingest it. Birds are particularly susceptible to this negative impact of confetti. Is there no eco-friendly confetti alternative?

While a handful of companies have pioneered sustainable alternatives to confetti, many are not all they’re cracked up to be — particularly when it comes to shine. If confetti labeled as “eco-friendly” or “biodegradable” has a sheen to it, it’s likely still made with some kind of metallic component, therefore rendering it not as sustainable. Rice has been used for an alternative for years, but even rice has its downfalls: it’s slippery and rather large, so if a bird ingests it, the bird could choke.