WHAT YOU CAN DO
Q: Where Am I Exposed?
Triclosan is a synthetic broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent which is used in hundreds of products such as toothpaste, antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, fabrics, deodorants, and plastics. Triclosan is listed as “could be” and “suspected to be” contaminated with dioxins. This chemical is very stable over long periods of time and has been shown to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms and even in human breast milk. Triclosan in waterways is readily available for absorption and bioaccumulation by aquatic organisms in the environment.
For more information, visit the Beyond Pesticides fact sheet on triclosan here.
Q: What Can I Do?
Adapted from the Practice Prevention Columns on the Collaborative on Health and the Environment website, and other sources as indicated.