Moms Asked to Tell EPA: Ban Anti-Bacterial Soaps Act by February 7

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Anti-bacterial soaps make us less safe, by leaving surviving bacteria stronger. What's worse, the chemical used to produce this result effect is suspected of causing deadly illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency has so far declined to regulate this chemical, triclosan, but is now taking public comment on the issue until this Monday, February 7. Natural cosmetics company Ecco Bella has joined the campaign urging the EPA to ban triclosan. Read the full article to learn how you can contact the EPA.

I’ve long been concerned about the safety of some ingredients in consumer products, and it seems I’m not the only one

Anti-bacterial soaps make us less safe, by leaving surviving bacteria stronger. What's worse, the chemical used to produce this result effect is suspected of causing deadly illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency has so far declined to regulate this chemical, triclosan, but is now taking public comment on the issue until this Monday, February 7. Natural cosmetics company Ecco Bella has joined the campaign urging the EPA to ban triclosan. Read the full article to learn how you can contact the EPA.

Imagine going for a swim with your family, only to realize the water is full of germ-killing soap. Well, that’s just what a lot of dolphins have been experiencing, thanks to a dangerous pesticide called Triclosan. Now found throughout the environment, Triclosan is right under your nose, in everyday cleaning products such as antibacterial soaps.

“I’ve long been concerned about the safety of some ingredients in consumer products, and it seems I’m not the only one,” says Sally Malanga, founder of natural cosmetics company Ecco Bella.

A petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies the dangers of triclosan, noting its widespread use and also the failure of the EPA to take appropriate action. One of the leading organizers of the petition effort, Beyond Pesticides, states, “Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and has been shown to affect male and female reproductive hormones, which potentially increases cancer risk. Recent studies show triclosan’s adverse effects on fetal growth and development.”

It’s also ironic that one of triclosan’s main uses, as an anti-bacterial agent in soaps, actually makes us less safe, by causing bacteria to grow stronger. We were likely better off with more dirt and less anti-bacterial soap!

Malanga added, “Ecco Bella has never used this ingredient. We view Triclosan as a dangerous environmental pollutant and a health hazard to humans, and we support the petition against it.”

Join the campaign against triclosan. Click here to sign the petition to the EPA. The EPA is taking comments only until February 7.

And take action in your own life: Click here to take the pledge to stop purchasing or even using products containing triclosan. Encourage your local schools, government agencies, and businesses to use their buying power to go triclosan-free.

Join mom’s everywhere to help rid the planet of this harmful pollutant!

Ecco Bella is a natural beauty company that recognizes that humans have a deep connection to nature and advocates the peaceful co-existence of all living beings.

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