All that glitters isn’t gold. Mica – the nutrient that provides shimmer to your highlighter, blush, lipstick, nail polish and more – is linked to child suffering and labour. In India alone, over 22,000 children work in unlawful mica mines, where kids as young as five climb down unsafe tunnels to chisel out mica rock.
As conscious consumers, how can the shine is got by us without the guilt? Cruelty-free is a label that lots of makeup companies use to point no animal was harmed or tested on to make their products. Sadly, no label yet is available to ensure child exploitation isn’t involved with our makeup products. But that hasn’t stopped these five companies from heading the extra mile to show their commitment to help keep children safe. Read more about their ethical products below. Canadian centered Pure Anada ensures that raw materials are mined ethically in India without the use of child labour. Their supplier owns their mines and funds school and daycare centres to ensure a good standard of living for their employees.
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Going for a matte look? Haut has you protected with its whole mica-free collection. Forgo the shimmer – and the risk. NudiSkin’s whole collection is mica-free. Omiana prides itself on ethically sourcing its mica where child labour is prohibited, including from mines in the U.S. In order to avoid dangers of child labour, UK-based company Green People is happy to work with its mica supplier in Malaysia to record and confirm that no child labour is mixed up in extraction or handling of the Mica they use.
They also source their qualified organic shea butter from a women’s co-operative in northern Ghana. Didn’t see your preferred makeup brand on our list? Our Mica-Free Makeup Guide focuses on smaller companies who are taking positive steps. If you didn’t see your brand of choice mentioned, let them know that you want to choose products that are not connected to child labour.
I’m a lover of your makeup. I learned that child labour is connected to makeup products through mica mining. ConsciousConsumer. To greatly help me, is it possible to share what you are doing to make sure your makeup is child labour-free? I’m a person and a enthusiast of your makeup. Recently, I learned that child labour is connected to makeup products through mica supply chains.
To find out more about this issue, you can read World Vision Canada’s record on child labour in makeup products. I want to support a brandname that addresses child labour. What are you doing to ensure your makeup is child labour-free, and it is this information publicly available? Established codes of conduct for suppliers that prohibit child labour? Provide training for suppliers and personnel that increase consciousness and build their capacity to monitor and put into action these specifications? Make unannounced visits to audit third-party suppliers to measure compliance? Set up formal, accessible grievance mechanisms to record violations of standards and a process to react to these violations?