Toothpaste Additive Declared Toxic to Environment

The Canadian government will declare triclosan, an anti-bacterial, toxic to the environment.

Triclosan is found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes, and anti-bacterial soaps. Animal studies demonstrate that it alters hormone regulation. It is also suspected of causing antibiotic resistance.

Read the ingredient list on your tube of toothpaste. If you find triclosan, switch brands. Commonly available toothpastes like Tom’s of Maine do not use triclosan. See the listings on EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database for detailed product information.

Health experts say the benefits of anti-bacterial soap over regular soap are minimal. If you must use an anti-bacterial soap, use one that’s plant-based, like Herbaliz or Cleanwell.

Read more in the Edmonton Journal.


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