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Ethical Mica Sourcing Policy
On Hiro Cosmetics’ website, it states:
“The concern expressed regarding child labor practices within India’s mica industry is very real and very valid. Our suppliers have strict protocols for our ingredient/vendor sourcing …… due diligence and adherence to sustainability, purity, and enforcement of human rights by our direct and indirect suppliers.
Almost all of our micas are mined and sourced in the USA. For mica originating from India we require the approved vendors we use to adhere to NRSC (National Resources Stewardship Circle) guidelines, an organization dedicated to responsible sourcing in the beauty industry. The mica material is sourced from audited, gated mines and the use of child labor is forbidden. This formal working environment is the only way to ensure compliance, since child labor cannot be ruled out if mica is gathered in publicly accessible areas and villages.
The main problem today has to do with color cosmetics made in China, where many of the factories use very inexpensive ingredients from India and human rights violations by their sources are not a factor in their decisions.
Concerning impurities: naturally all our ingredients are cleaned and tested for purity so that any traces of heavy metals left inside ingredients are negligible (otherwise we would not even be allowed to sell them in the EU). We also have extensive safety reports of every single ingredient as well as finished products on file.”