“When we wash our hands, we shouldn’t be adding toxic pollutants to the Great Lakes,” said Brian Smith of Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment. (Pignataro, 2015)
There is no proof that antibacterial soaps are better than regular soaps that do not contain the "cocktail of chemical ingredients." The only thing they do prove is that those "chemicals" are causing pollution to our ecosystems and our own health.
Triclosan, banned in the EU but is still used today in the USA. Other big brands replaced that toxin with another toxin, benzalkonium chloride and benzethonium chloride.
Antibacterials added to soaps, are leaving a stain on our Great Lakes as they are not processed out at the wastewater treatment facilities and only end up in our Great Lakes. They are destroying our aquatic environment and also our crops by means of fertilizer (Khan, 2016).
This is a concern as it (along with many other chemicals found in synthetic soaps like phthalates or phosphates) damages fresh water ecosystems, increases resistant bacteria and can transform into other hazardous chemicals.
Here are some ingredients to avoid.
Methylisothiazo-linone Dawn Toxic to Aquatic Organism (EPA, 98)
Tetrasodium EDTA DIAL Chronic Risk to Algal (EPA, Focus Group Decision Document for ethylenediaminetetraacetic, 2004)
Triclosan DIAL Toxic to Aquatic and Endocrine Disrupter (Wilson, 2008)
Benzalkonium chlorides DAWN, DIAL Banned in EU for Wash off products used in USA for a replacement of Triclosan
So what does or will this mean to you? As we learn more about the chemicals in our everyday lives, we are learning what these chemicals are doing our health, the health of our families and the health of our pets.
We are eating these and drinking these and they are making us sick.
EPA estimates that it will cost $54 billion to upgrade and maintain wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
Algae Blooms in Lake Erie most caused by the chemicals in your soaps
Being Plastic free doesn’t cut it anymore. Start looking for products that focus on green ingredients. If it says Natural on the label or plant based, don’t just take their word for it. Search it up…. look here https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-ingredients#pop68139300