Take the Triclosan-Free Pledge
Triclosan (or triclocarban) is an antimicrobial agent that's been found in more than 75 percent of liquid hand soaps in the U.S., as well as in cutting boards, garden hoses, fabrics and plastics.
It's in all these consumer products, yet:
• It disrupts hormones and may affect fetal growth and development;
• It's been found in our bodies and in breast milk;
• Mounting evidence links it to the rise of "superbugs" – antibiotic-resistant bacteria;
• It doesn't break down easily in the environment, so it builds up in lakes, rivers and other water sources, where it's toxic to aquatic life; and
• Studies show that triclosan is no more effective at preventing illness or removing germs than soap and water – even the FDA found no evidence that antibacterial washes containing triclosan were superior.
Take a stand against this nasty chemical:
Pledge to go Triclosan-Free!
I'm going triclosan-free because I'm concerned about the threat triclosan poses to my family, friends, myself and the environment. I pledge to:
• Remove triclosan-containing products from my home by disposing of them on hazardous waste collection days (or throwing the product in the garbage and recycling the product container);
• Choose soaps, hand sanitizers and other personal care products that do not contain triclosan;
• Tell my friends and family about my decision to go triclosan-free;
• Support local and national efforts to remove triclosan products from schools, stores and other businesses, and efforts to ban triclosan in consumer products.