How Convenient: Trump’s Environmental Stance May Harm Six Year Old Girls


Claire’s, the cosmetic and accessories company for young women, recently recalled nine cosmetic products because a mother had tested her six-year-old daughter’s makeup kit containing lip gloss and eyeshadow and said she found tremolite asbestos.

“I physically sank,” said [Kristi] Warner. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

However, Warner may have sunk for nothing. USA Today reports:

Claire’s said the initial results of testing by an “independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free. Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway.  We have also confirmed that the talcum ingredient supply is from a certified asbestos-free European vendor.”

It turns out Warner works at a law firm specializing in asbestos litigation. While the jury is still somewhat out on this, it would be quite convenient if Warner’s law firm drummed up some business because of this publicity.

The story is also quite convenient for those who want to take potshots at the Trump Administration’s rollback on excessive regulation. In its coverage of this story, USA Today couldn’t help but link to an AP video about how the “Trump administration is retreating from a review of some of the most dangerous chemicals, including millions of tons of asbestos.”