Friday, March 18, 2011

A ban on triclosan -- the EPA wants to know what YOU think!

If you knew a product had the capability of disrupting hormones, lowering sperm production and harming your immune system, would you still use it? Well, guess what? Chances are very good you used one or more products this morning that could do just that! Whether it was when you washed your hands, brushed your teeth, put on your deodorant, applied makeup, gave your toddler a toy, cleaned out the sink, slathered on some hand sanitizer, etc., etc., etc. Unless, of course, you live in a country that cares enough to ban triclosan. Triclosan (or triclocarban) Is a nasty chemical that is in so many everyday products, it is hard to get through a day without introducing it to your system!

Until April 8, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for comments regarding a triclosan ban. This is your chance to let your voice be heard! Let the U.S. Government know that you want this toxin banned before you, or your precious little ones, have to suffer the consequences. I'm asking you to join me in submitting your comments in support of a triclosan ban today!

Additionally, check out the Triclosan-Free Pledge where you can engage in your own anti-triclosan movement. By pledging to not buy personal care products and cosmetics that contain triclosan, the message is clear. Lots of companies, manufacturers and retailers are going to lose business. Unless they are willing to provide safe products for your family, you are shopping elsewhere.
Tips to Avoid Triclosan

What are your alternatives? Stick to companies that offer organic and natural solutions. Companies like Leaf & Bud Naturals, Earth Mama Angel Baby and Crimson and Clean Soap. Opt for distilled white vinegar in place of liquid fabric softener or fabric softener sheets. Switch to natural cleaning products. The list goes on and on, but it is something you have to commit to...for the safety of your family...and pets! Read labels!
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has a handy list of tips on how to avoid triclosan.

But it is not just the smaller, independently owned companies that are providing safe alternatives. Many of the larger cosmetic and cleaning products companies are wising up and offering triclosan-free products. And this is very good news. But more can be done. That's why it is important for all of us to send our comments to the EPA. Let them know how you feel about this toxin. Remember, you only have until April 8 to get your opinions on the table!

Keeping you informed,


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