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Part Two of a Series, exposing greenwashing and

chemical toxicity in our trusted products

Triclosan

Decorative Soaps

Compliments of Wikipedia

Since 1995, the anti-bacterial soap industry has boomed into a $16 BILLION dollar a year industry.  We all bought into the  belief that we needed it to keep germs at bay.  What has happened is just the opposite, it has stripped the good bacteria right along with the bad…leaving us more susceptible to bacteria than ever, not to mention with extremely dry skin as a result of using it daily!

Triclosan is under review by the FDA and is associated with some very concerning health issues.  It has been suggested by the American Medical Association that we avoid Triclosan at home, as it may be contributing to bacterial resistance to antibiotics. An advisory committee to the FDA found that household use of antibacterial products provides no benefits over plain soap and water. There is also NO evidence that Triclosan provides an extra benefit to health in our products, beyond the use of it in toothpaste to prevent gingivitis.

Triclosan can be found in many products, not just antibacterial soaps.  Anything labeled antibacterial or “fights germs”, or “protects against mold”, even claims like “odor fighting” or “keeps food fresher, longer”…all lead to the fact that Triclosan is in the ingredient’s list.  You can find it in many places and products, such as:

  • soap and dishwashing liquid
  • anti-bacterial soaps and lotions
  • towels
  • mattresses
  • sponges
  • personal care products
  • shower curtains
  • toothbrushes
  • phones
  • kitchenware and plastic food containers
  • shoes
  • flooring and carpets
  • cutting boards
  • clothing and fabrics
  • toys

Antibacterial Soap on hand

The European Union has classified triclosan as toxic to aquatic organisms, as wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical and it ends up in water sources.  It’s use in cosmetics is restricted in Japan and Canada.

What are the health risks associated with Triclosan?

Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity. Low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Regular use may exacerbate skin disorders like Eczema, contribute to Asthma, and increase skin sensitivity.  Triclosan is extremely drying to the skin, just look at any health care provider’s hands who uses it regularly, and you will be convinced.