IMAGE COURTESY OF: THE CONFETTI BAR
Festive events and celebrations often involve confetti. Weddings have that magic moment where confetti is thrown at the newlyweds. Unfortunately, many confettis—especially shiney ones—can be made out of microplastics, mylar, or metal. These elements can be harmful to the environment as they can wash away into storm drains and end up in local water sources where they can damage aquatic life. Rice has been used as a substitute for years, but rice is slippery, and birds can choke on it. (And we don’t want that!)
Fortunately, there are some wonderful alternatives available today. The Confetti Bar offers three different biodegradable styles:
Solufetti™ is made from a mix of water-soluble bits, mica, and/or herbs. The bits are made from blown cornstarch, a water-soluble, non-toxic, and biodegradable material that breaks down quickly when exposed to moisture. The dyes to make the colors are similar to food coloring, yet also biodegradable and non-toxic.
Floralfetti™ Comprised of all-natural freeze-dried flower petals, herbs, and/or mica flakes. Since the petals are freeze-dried they retain their rich colors, and won’t wilt, stain, or slip. A favorite for weddings.
Sproutfetti™ Made from a compostable paper that has wildflower seeds embedded in the paper. It’s literally confetti that, if planted, grows! The paper is sourced from a company that is approved by the CFIA and the USDA for planting across many countries, and each batch of their seeds is tested to ensure that they free of noxious weeds and invasive species. (There may be some restrictions exporting this style mix to certain countries.)