Inside Beautycounter’s quest to transform its mica supply chain

Read the full story at GreenBiz. First of a two-part series. Read part two here.

This story begins, as so many supply-chain stories do, at a mine, the beginning of a journey in which a commodity — mica, in this case — finds its way into an extraordinarily diverse array of quotidian things: attic insulation; brake linings; car paint; concrete; electronic capacitors; epoxies; fertilizers; gypsum wallboard; LED lights; molded rubber; oil and gas drilling fluids; plastics; printing inks; roofing shingles; and toothpaste.

And somewhere down that list: cosmetics.

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