The ugly truth behind the cosmetics industry
They may make you glow and shine, but behind the glitter of beauty and cosmetic products lies an ugly secret - child labour.
Research shows that there are six commonly used ingredients that are at risk of using child labour: palm oil, cocoa, vanilla, shea, mica, copper
Instead of going to school, many children help grow, harvest, mine and transport these ingredients. They work in dangerous places at risk of injury, heatstroke, diseases and even death. And sometimes for as little as $2 a day.
Whilst there is an increase in consumers seeking out natural and organic cosmetics, many consumers are unaware that terms like ‘cruelty free’ don’t necessarily mean that a brand’s supply chain is free from human rights abuses such as child labour.
The cosmetics sector is projected to grow from $532 billion in 2018 to $716 billion in 2025. But this growth must not come at the cost of a child’s education, health or even their life.