Saturday, September 12, 2009

Back to School: Watch Out for Microban aka Triclosan

Every time you turn around there's another toxin being foisted on unknowing consumers. We know enough to avoide PVCs, BPA, phalates and lead in our childrens' lunch containers, well here's another culprit to look out for. Microban. Another word and trade name for the pesticide Triclosan, Microban is found in clothing, plastics, body care products and school supplies with the implication it will keep you and your kids healthier.

Triclosan introduces a host of potential health dangers including thyroid, endocrine, and immune issues. The Organic Consumers Association has done some nice research on this and is loaded with helpful information.

Triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and is found in common soaps (you can find a partial list
here). The FDA has already stated that those antibacterial products are unnecessary. They can cause more damage than they prevent.

You can find more about it here, just watch out for "Microban" when you're buying your kids' back to school paraphernalia and body products and when you see it, you can decide whether or not you want it in your house or on your kid.

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