News By/Courtesy: Nirbha Dhawan | 08 Oct 2020 22:02pm IST


  • Unregulated process of extracting mics
  • Engagement of children in hazardous industries
  • Cruelty free makeup

'There is no such thing as enough glitter.' As fancy as this phrase sounds to us the reality behind is coordinately unethical. The trend is now a day to follow influencers, bloggers, where such people sell out makeup products and promote the same to us. There are minutes of long videos we see on YouTube or Facebook or Instagram guiding us on how to use makeup and how to adorn ourselves. But the underhand information is given to none.


We all know that our makeup products which contain glitter have this shimmery effect because of a mineral present in it which is Mika. Mika is a group of crystalline minerals which adds Shine to various products it is used in be it cosmetics for car paint etc. But how well are we aware of the process of extraction of Mika from the mining sites. The extraction of Mica is an unregulated process. The mines have not been legalized yet, thus a large proportion of the mining industry isn't under the check of authorities. About 60% of the world's Mica is provided by India. States like Jharkhand and Bihar are rich in holding the same, so for its extraction and for separation of silver from the rocks, small children and women labor are appointed. This paves a way for hardcore child labor. Most people in these states are below the poverty line. And thus, to supplement their family income they send their little ones to earn money in any possible way.


This engagement of children into such a hazardous industry has its own consequences. Children, often there have asthma, black lung disease, bronchitis, and whose result is Lethal. If the data reports are to be believed then over 20,000 children are subjected to such child labor. And the sad reality is that the children who are blighting their health for such substance have no idea of the same being used to fix blemishes of others.


This concern has alarmed many cosmetic brands, not all yet. There are brands that have come together to keep a check on such illegal activities. The brand L’Oréal ensures that it deals with suppliers who provide them with Mika from legal Mines only and where no such activities take place. Many other brands like Estee lauder companies, Chanel, Sephora, LVMH, or Coty works in favor of the same. They believe that if they will monitor such activities then laborers will be provided with a fair amount of wages aiding them for their survival.


Even an Indian born fashion stylist Jonita George has in her videos recommended the use of cruelty-free makeup. She stated that she will not use any non-cruelty makeup product no matter how fine the product makes you look. Probably she has justified herself. If one is in the eyes of the public, the same individual holds some responsibility towards its people.

India too is to legalize the mining of Mica. India is yet to form strict policies for it. The prohibition of child labor has been prohibited and the same is given in our constitution under Article 24 where it states that no child below the age of fourteen shall be employed to work in any industry or any mine. India before legalizing will look for disused mines and scraps and then will sell all the waste in an auction. 


But again, implementation of such policies is a tough job, and exploitation of children has to be looked through, also adult is to be provided with a good amount of wages so as they don't let their children be part of such baleful activity.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 12 Oct 2020 6:33am IST

Tags : illegal activities, cruelty free makeup

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