Share Triclosan's Dirty Secrets with the EPA

From the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - - A petition to ban triclosan for non-medical uses (like in cosmetics, toys and cutting boards) has gone to the Environmental Protection Agency. It's your chance to take a stand: The EPA is taking public comments through February 7, 2011.

Submit your thoughts in support of a triclosan ban right now by completing the form below!

For over two years the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been warning about triclosan, an antibacterial chemical (actually a pesticide!) that can disrupt hormones, lower sperm production and harm immune systems.(1)  We’ve asked Walmart to get soaps and other products containing triclosan off store shelves, and we asked the FDA, the agency in charge of cosmetics safety, to take action, too. We’ve seen no movement from either one.

Researchers have found triclosan in the majority of Americans, including pregnant women. The chemical can have adverse effects on fetal growth and development,(2) may lead to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and harms aquatic life.(3) It's in more than 75 percent of liquid hand soaps in the U.S.,(4) yet triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water.

We're making progress: Europe and Japan have made moves to limit triclosan in cosmetics, and several members of the U.S. Congress are pushing the EPA and FDA to take another look. Meanwhile, several U.S. cosmetics companies  are moving away from triclosan.(5)

EPA action to ban triclosan would be a huge victory for our health and environment. Don't miss your chance to voice your support to the EPA before the public comment period ends!

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