Today’s post is not for the faint of heart. It seems we are living in a never ending cycle of bad news, corruption and exploitation. It can be easy and tempting to tune out. On the whole the U.S and the west in general are suffering from bad news fatigue and I don’t mean to add to the dismay but I am. The fashion industry has been hit for a number of years now with negative stories of exploitation and the less then positive impact fast fashion is having on the environment.
And I thought with beauty products we were a bit safer when it came to exploitation But alas this is not the case. Refinery 29 recently did an eye opening story on the cosmetic industry’s appetite for mica and how this much sought after natural element is produced. Who would think that our desire for bright glowing complexions could have such a dark side.”
“The issue is complicated—just banning real mica or not buying products made with real mica does not solve the underlying problem of a lack of work in third world countries and the lack of governmental oversight in these countries and governments of the west turning a blind eye.”
This is not to say that consumers should not be responsible but at the same time, it is government officials that are being paid to have oversight, and yet time and time again it is left to the consumer to make a difference. A consumer base that is already burnt out on a cycle of doom.
Watch this video, it is important and what say you? How do think this could be resolved? You can also read more here.
Images via Refinery29