Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical found in consumer products like antibacterial soap, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, etc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds triclosan concentrations are increasing in the human population. Research shows that triclosan can now be found in the bodies of 75% of the U.S. population.
Triclosan has been linked to:
- endocrine disruption (as it interferes with the thyroid hormone, estrogen and androgen hormones and as a result can impact fetal development)
- bacterial and antibiotic resistance
- dioxin contamination
- contaminated fish and biosolids
Since triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water at reducing bacteria, there is absolutely no need for triclosan to be incorporated into consumer products, given the hazards to people and the environment.
From the beginning at Hothouse Botanicals, we have been aware of the dangers of triclosan and have never used it in our personal care products. We also signed the triclosan-free pledge for Beyond Pesticides, a national coalition against the misuse of pesticides. You can find out more about them here and sign their petition to ban triclosan: Beyond Pesticides.