Mornings are routine around here. Lyndie makes her way to my bed around 4am and at 5:30am we start waking the boys up if they aren’t already awake. Everyone has breakfast and then we take the boys to school at 7am. We come back home and snuggle, play, even get back in bed to watch one of her favorite shows for an hour before she goes to preschool at 9am. This is her last year before kindergarten and I cherish these special moments. ❤️
Unfortunately, an estimated 73 million children in countries like India, Japan and Brazil have a very different type of morning. As young as three years old, they are sent to labor camps where they crawl into tiny holes in the ground. Once inside these airless pits they spend their entire day in hazardous conditions digging for MICA.
“I like people who shed light on a situation, expose the truths and then do something about it.”
–Gregg Renfrew, founder + CEO, Beautycounter
Take a minute to look on the ingredient label of your favorite eye shadow, foundation, pressed powder or lipstick and you will likely find mica. This mineral is organic, harmless and beautiful, producing shimmer and iridescence that is unparalleled. It’s unique properties make it an essential component of cosmetics, skincare, paint, electronics and more.
At Beautycounter, the safety of the ingredient in relation to its effects on the human body is only a portion of our mission. As a B Corporation we voluntarily choose to source responsibly, which is a messy and grueling process that involves transparency at every level of the supply chain.
Most companies do not audit the source of their ingredients. For example, ingredients from China are still tested on animals, yet the lack of transparency will allow the final product to be labeled “cruelty free.” Similarly, most companies can obtain a certificate that states their mica is not sourced from child labor. Unfortunately, that little piece of paper means nothing as many of the true sources of mica are untraceable.
“This is one of the toughest supply chains to trace in the world.”
– Leonardo A. Bonanni, founder + CEO, Sourcemap
How do we begin to eradicate this messy, dirty, secretive practice of child abuse? Beautycounter is leading this movement and we are using our main supplier of mica, located in the U.S. in Hartwell, GA, to create a toolkit to show the industry how it is done. But we need your help. The only way to ensure responsible sourcing of mica is to personally audit each and every supplier in person—and as of now we are the only beauty company doing it. It’s hard, it’s messy and it’s expensive.
“We are asking you to join us. It’s not one person. It takes a village. It takes a community at large to move a market or to change the world.”
– Gregg Renfrew
Click this link to watch our short, 12-minute documentary that will change the way you view the beauty industry. We all have time. Even if you just listen to it while driving to work!
COME CLEAN WITH US
We all have the power to help shift the mica industry towards responsible sourcing. Here’s how you can get involved today.
- Are you a consumer? Ask your favorite brands to share what they are doing to ensure a legal mica supply chain.
- Are you a brand? Pursue transparency. Demand that your suppliers use only responsibly sourced, traceable and legal mica.
- Want to help RIGHT NOW? Please text MICA to 52886 to ask your elected officials to stop the importation of products produced using child labor.