The Canadian cosmetics market, valued at $11.5 billion (USD) in 2015, is expected to grow to $15.8 billion (USD) by 2021. This growth should not come at the expense or exploitation of vulnerable children.
Most Canadians are unaware that incandescent makeup usually contains mica – a mined mineral often linked to child labour and human suffering. That eye colour palette or highlighter may give a Hollywood glow, but further down the supply chain there’s a chance that children as young as five years old are risking their childhood, the hope for education, and even their lives to mine this raw material.
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