28 Jan '14, 6pm

Your shiny makeup is brought to you by child laborers

Your shiny makeup is brought to you by child laborers

You know mineral powder foundation, that stuff you gently swirl onto your face before tinting your lips with raspberries and listening to birdsong? Seems healthier than smearing liquidy goop into your pores, right? Well, not for the Indian kids skipping school to mine the glittery minerals, no. That nice glimmer in nail polish, eyeshadow, lipstick, and a shit-ton of other makeup is made from mica. (Mica also gives car paints their nice shimmer.) Lots of mica comes from eastern India, and the vast majority of India’s mica production is illegal. (India exports eight times the amount of mica that it officially produces each year, curiously enough.) And did we mention the part about child labor? According to the Sydney Morning Herald : The work is hard and dangerous. Children working risk snake and scorpion bites, and the hollowed-out caves they mine in collapse often. They al...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/shiny-makeup-child-labor-mica/

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