I have a strong aversion to buying skincare/cosmetics from Japanese brands, and unfortunately this extends to brands that sound Japanese. Reason being, I grew up when the environment and animal rights issues were gaining popularity, and one of the things that I was strongly against was whaling for commercial purposes. As the Japanese are the main perpetrators, and whale blubber is used in producing skincare and cosmetics (among other things), therefore I want nothing to do with those products. The sentiment is so strong that I will look at a manufacturing company and put it back if it looks/sounds like it’s a Japanese company.
In recent years, the repeated news of recalls due to dangerous substances/improper manufacturing processes found in China-made products has made me extremely cautious of anything that comes from there, be it food, toys, stationery, household items, toiletries.
The way I see it, China-made products are so cheap because there is no regulation or control or proper processes in place to manufacture items properly or dispose of by-products safely.
I suppose the situation is similar in India and many other countries, but (from what I understand) part of the problem here is one of scale – many poorer nations have few or non-existant regulations, but much of their industry is small in scale while China manufactures for half the world, including the largest corporations hence the damage inflicted is much higher.
I’m sure there are companies in China with good practices, but the vast majority of cheap items flooding shops and markets all over the world are environmentally detrimental from the day they start the production process, right up to the time they wind up broken in landfills.