Plastic Confetti = Microplastic
Microplastics are any plastic pieces less than five millimeters in length. These tiny plastic pieces can be easily be washed away by rain and end up in rivers and oceans where they pose a threat to wildlife. Avoid plastic confetti and other microplastics whenever possible.
Avoid Using Confetti Outside
Help prevent litter by using confetti inside only. Sweep or vacuum the area confetti was used in carefully so that none of it works its way outside and becomes litter.
Undyed Paper Confetti Can Be Composted
If you compost at home, you can add paper confetti to your compost pile. Avoid composting confetti made from dyed or glossy paper because it may contain toxic heavy metals.
Toss Confetti in the Trash
Make sure confetti ends up in the trash. Whether made of paper, plastic or metallic foil, it’s too small to recycle.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Paper or Leaf Confetti
Paper confetti is biodegradable, which makes it a more eco-friendly choice than plastic confetti. Check out this video on how to DIY leaf confetti.
Use Natural Confetti
Dried flower petals and buds are natural and biodegradable, so they are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic or metallic confetti.
Make Your Own Confetti From Scrap Paper
Skip the store-bought confetti and make your own from scrap paper, shredded paper or used tissue paper you have lying around. You can use scissors or a hole puncher to make different shapes.