In May 2023 Sigmund Lindner GmbH acquired the Bioglitter® business from Ronald Britton Ltd.   

Sigmund Lindner GmbH is a leading manufacturer of sustainable and innovative products for the cosmetics, coatings and printing industries. The company is dedicated to developing and producing high-quality, environmentally friendly products in Germany that meet the needs of its customers and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Ronald Britton Ltd a British company established in 1945 and based near Manchester in the north-west of England, was involved with the supply of glitter products to UK markets since the 1970’s.

In 2010, Ronald Britton Ltd recognised that plastic glitter, due to its small size, being made from plastic and its use in many single-use applications, could be a contributor to environmental microplastic pollution.

With no credible alternatives available, Ronald Britton Ltd embarked on a journey to develop the technology and manufacturing capabilities to trailblaze the industry and provide consumer brands, contract manufacturers and consumers with a viable option to move away from traditional plastic glitters.

Bioglitter® is the manifestation of that vision and a journey to ultimately offer a range of eco friendly glitters that are independently certified biodegradable in natural, fresh water environments.

Bioglitter® is designed to biodegrade quickly and safely in natural freshwater environments. Independent testing and  TÜV OK biodegradable WATER certification is untilised as  simple and clear means of communicating this fact to customers.  This approach has been taken as terms such as ‘100% plastic free’ and ‘100% biodegradable’ can be used without qualification and don’t necessarily describe the eco credentials of a product.

OK biodegradable WATER certification cuts through the confusion.  Moreover, the ISO14851 and ISO14852 tests at the heart of this certification are also specified by ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) in its proposed EU Microplastic legislation due to be published in 2023.  These tests are used to determine whether or not a polymeric material is considered a microplastic.