BASF Colors & Effects – Dirty but clean: Natural mica sourcing at our wholly owned mine in Hartwell, Georgia, USA
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Dirty but clean


Natural mica sourcing at our wholly owned mine in Hartwell, Georgia, USA

Around 60%* of the world’s mica is sourced in India. A huge part of this is considered to be mined in socially and economically challenged regions, with a high incidence of child labor, corruption in the supply chain, and poor working conditions.

Ensuring full transparency, all natural mica for our effect pigments is sourced at our wholly owned mine in Hartwell, using fully ethical, traceable, and environmentally friendly processes.

* Terre des hommes and Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO); March 2018; Global mica mining and the impact on children’s rights

We commit to our three principles for responsible mica sourcing

Join our mining team to get insights into mining processes in Hartwell, where each mica flake is strictly sourced according to our three principles.

Ethical working practices: Mica sourcing at BASF Colors & Effects

Ethical working practices

Cheryl, a laboratory technician, is responsible for inspecting and maintaining working materials. She ensures a safe working environment for all employees.

Traceable supply chain: Mica sourcing at BASF Colors & Effects

Traceable supply chain

Site Operations Specialist, Robin, oversees the delivery process. She ensures all bags filled with mica are labeled with a tracking code to enable full traceability. 

BASF Colors & Effects Mica processing in Hartwell

Environmentally friendly sourcing

Minerals Technician, Steve, takes responsibility for the ecological balance surrounding the Hartwell mining area.

We make every step visible

Explore our mica sourcing from mining and processing, via tracking and restoration, right up to delivery to our other production sites.

Dirty but clean: Natural mica sourcing at our wholly owned mine in Hartwell, Georgia, USA

Get insights from our mining area.

We are pioneers in sustainable mica sourcing

BASF Colors & Effects supports cultural, social and environmental education in India

Even though we only source mica minerals in the U.S., as one of the leading pigments suppliers worldwide, we take responsibility for driving important discussions in key industry networks and fostering sustainable solutions. We are proud members of the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) and committed to helping private, public, and non-profit sectors reach a 100% sustainable Indian mica supply chain within the next five years.

Our mica-based pigments within several industries

Mica based pigments for cosmetics – BASF Colors & Effects


Boost color, texture, and sparkle with natural and safe mica-based effect pigments that can be used for various cosmetic applications, such as makeup, eyeshadow, lipstick, bath bombs, soap, and nail polish.

Mica based pigments in coatings – BASF Colors & Effects


Add pearlescent effects and metallic shimmer to interior and exterior applications for the architectural, automotive, and industrial coatings markets. Implement your ideas for car paints, powder coatings, furniture coatings, and coil coatings.

Mica based pigments for plastics


Create innovative, eye-catching designs with our interference mica pigments, enhancing the color depth of your products. Improve the appearance with consistent, reliable colorant quality for household items, toys, and electronics.