What is triclosan?
Triclosan is a powerful pesticide registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
What is the danger of triclosan to your body?
Triclosan may cause changes in the human hormone system, harming reproduction and development. Recent studies also show that higher triclosan levels in people are linked to increased sensitivity to allergens.
Does triclosan stay in your body?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected triclosan in the bodies of more than 75 percent of Americans tested.
In a study of teenage girls, EWG found triclosan in urine samples collected from all 20 subjects.
This widespread exposure is likely due to the chemical’s ubiquitous use in cosmetics and consumer products.
Where is triclosan found?
EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database shows that triclosan can be found in:
- Shaving products
What can we do?
Use safe personal care products!
On my site, I’ve listed products contain only safe ingredients.
To protect your health, and your children’s health, you can start choosing safer products, especially if you use them every day.
Triclosan in the environment
Use and disposal of products containing triclosan result in significant discharges of this toxic chemical into wastewater treatment plants and the environment. Triclosan is found in streams and waterways all across the country. In 2007, EWG partnered with researchers from East Bay Municipal Utility District, the wastewater utility serving the San Francisco Bay Area, and found more than 40 percent of the wastewater samples collected from residential, commercial and industrial sites contained triclosan.
Use a reliable water filter!
You should always check NSF/ANSI certification of the filter.
Drinking water certifications are:
- NSF/ANSI 42 – Aesthetic Effects
- NSF/ANSI 53 – Health Effects
Make sure your water filter is reliable and eliminating all dangerous chemicals.
Article source: EWG