Depending on how you use it, glitter can be a massive source of pure, unbridled joy in this world. It can also be a massacre-causing nightmare that leaves every single surface in your house permanently sparkly, but that's a conversation for another time.

Glitter, as I was saying, is truly magical, considering it's literally just a ton of teeny tiny pieces of shiny plastic broken down so small you can't even tell they're actually not that spectacular at the core. And because glitter is really just a bunch of plastic, it comes with a whole lot of environmental consequences us humans rarely even stop to consider.

Yes — I hate to break it to you, but glitter is kind of terrible for the planet. That might not sound like a big deal to some of you, but if you like living in a pollution-free world where we don't have to worry about life-threatening fires, floods, heat waves, and other natural disasters, you should care a lot.

Glitter's effects on the environment are so severe, in fact, that many scientists have proposed a nationwide (or global) ban of the loose, sparkly, harmful substance. In the video below, learn more about the alarming origins of common glitter, and why scientists are right to question why we use it to begin with. Warning: Applying makeup is about to get a lot less fun.