Big Issues

Just ban it: sign the petition to oust toxic triclosan from shelves

April 23, 2012

You’ve probably heard me ranting against antibacterial triclosan on radio, in my books, in my column (as early as 2006!) and well, everywhere really.  The government now says it’s toxic and the Canadian Medication Association says it should be banned thanks to its link to super bugs and yet there it still sits on shelves! Take a second out of your busy schedule to sign Environmental Defence’s online petition to oust triclosan, like, today.

Here’s a list of some of the heaviest triclosan/triclocarban users on shelves so you can start your own personal bathroom ban ASAP (excerpted from Ecoholic Body):

  • Dial antibacterial liquid soap, bar soap and body wash
  • Balea antibacterial hand soap
  • Bath & Body Works antibacterial hand soap
  • Tersaseptic
  • Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar
  • Clean & Clear Oil-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • Colgate Total toothpaste
  • Right Guard Total Defense Power Deodorant
  • Adidas 0% Aluminum
  • Soft & Dry Deodorant
  • Clearasil and Clearasil Stayclear Daily Face Wash (discontinued in 2011 but still on some shelves)
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar (discontinued but still on some shelves)
  • Softsoap antibacterial liquid hand soap (discontinued in 2011 but still on some shelves)