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Sparkle

by Emily Betzler May 21, 2014 2 Comments

Every woman wants to sparkle.

But we would never want our shine to come at someone else's expense, right?

Unfortunately, our cosmetics might be doing just that. Mica, the mineral found in most make-up and other products (paints, building materials, electrical products) that gives them their shimmer, shine, and glimmer, is often mined by children who are forced to work in dangerous and illegal mines. http://vimeo.com/92545678 60% of the global Mica production comes from India.  In 2010-2011, 86% of the country’s mica exports were unregulated. Chances are, we are all contributing. So, what is a girl to do?

1.) Donate

Made in a Free World is doing something about this by creating Safe Villages, where children attend school rather than work.  Donate today and help MIAFW achieve their goal of establishing 5 safe villages in the region hardest hit by child labor.

2.) Don’t buy cosmetics that contain Mica

In response to this problem and the complexities in finding an ethical source of mica the cosmetics company Lush, removed all mica from their products, so shopping with them is a safe bet. Otherwise look for products that don't contain Mica. We all know that our true sparkle comes from the inside.  Let's prove it by caring more about the welfare of the world's children than our outward appearance.

Beauty shine

  If you want to know more about the truth behind Mica mining and child labor check out these links: http://www.antislavery.org/includes/documents/cm_docs/2012/7/7_spring_2010_feayure.pdf http://www.theage.com.au/national/indias-mica-mines-the-shameful-truth-behind-mineral-makeups-shimmer-20140118-311wk.html http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/1024880 http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/india-child-labour-mica-mineral-cosmetics      



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May 08, 2018

[…] They are min­ing min­er­als for our make-up […]

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May 08, 2018

[…] The Lush body buffy bar = seri­ously LUSH-IOUS!  This is just what a busy woman needs to shave a few min­utes off her morn­ing rou­tine; it cleans, exfo­li­ates,  mois­tur­izes and makes your skin feel lovely.  A Lush is a great com­pany to sup­port, it is fair trade, uses all nat­ural ingre­di­ents and they stand up for what they believe in. […]

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