Did you know that glitter is made of a microplastic? That means that as with other plastic it is harmful for the environment. The glitter from ‘magic reindeer food’ can end up in water such as ponds and rivers causing damage to the eco system, eaten by birds etc. This year I have tried to make some alternatives that can still have the magical feeling for the kids but safer for the world around us.
My favorite method was coloured sugar, simply because it was so easy and I had everything I needed in the cupboard.
1) get a cup of sugar (I did half as wanted two colours).
2) add two drops of food colouring (add more later if needed)
3) give it a god shake until even.
4) tip into container to dry.
5) add to porridge oats.
It may not be as shiny as glitter but it does give colour the reindeer food and has the shimmering look. Best of all it will just dissolve in the rain.
Other methods I tried and looked into are:
- Dried fruit and berries
Positive is that you can buy dried fruit and berries so it’s quick and easy, plus it gives the animals something to eat. Negative is it can be bit expensive and no one in my house eats dried fruit so wouldn’t be worth it for us.
- Coloured rice
Easy to make and I often have the ingredients at home, but my question is what do I do the next day? It won’t have dissolved or been eaten so I’d have to sneak out and quickly sweep up…unless I put in a bowl for Rudolph, so there’s options.
- Animal feed/natural resources
I read that some people collect grass, wheat, grains, leaves and create a more natural bag of feed. It may not have the sparkly look to it but actually I do like the fact it is ‘real’…plus if you have a woodlands near you then it’s free.
- Edible glitter
You can buy edible glitter that goes on cakes and biscuits. It will dissolve and isn’t harmful but it’s not always cheap and as it’s fine you’d need a fair amount to mix with the oats and still be seen.
I love doing these little bits and bobs to make Christmas that bit magical…decides, the reindeers work hard. They deserve a treat on Christmas Eve. My friend Kaz, has also written an article with more info on why glitter is bad for animals and other ideas for reindeer food so head over to read more.
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