Retailers to Stop
Selling Triclosan Products
Below you will find
sample text asking retailers to stop selling products that contain Triclosan,
and we need your help to deliver this message to your local supermarket,
cosmetics store or co-op. Hundreds of products that contain this antibacterial
chemical decorate store shelves across the country - from hand soap and
toothpastes, to toys and yoga mats. It is time to take action and demand
that this endocrine disrupting chemical is removed from the products we
Ask your local supermarket, cosmetic store, local businesses or
co-op to stop selling Triclosan products. Customize the sample
letter below (edit the text to be specific to your community) and take
it in to your local retailer customer service manager. Please
tell us when you do (include store name, city and state), so we can
I am writing to
<your company> about my family’s concern about the products
containing Triclosan that are currently sold at your store. Triclosan
is an antibacterial pesticide that is associated with many human health
problems, as well as environmental contamination. I believe you should
stop the sale of these products because:
- Triclosan and
its degradates are associated with adverse health effects, such as endocrine
disruption, cancer and long-term bioaccumulation,
creates more potent strains of bacteria, increasing antibacterial and
is accumulating in waterways and soil, resulting in hazardous residues
in fish and food crops,
- The efficacy
of Triclosan is no greater than regular soap and water.
As a loyal customer,
my family, friends and I would appreciate your company taking a stand
to protect public health by discontinuing the sale of Triclosan-containing
products at your store, and by signing the Triclosan-free pledge for retailers,
to reaffirm your commitment to the well-being of the community you serve.
I look forward
to hearing back from you and the opportunity to provide you with additional
information. In the meantime, you can learn more about the health and
environmental effects of Triclosan here, www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/Triclosan.htm.
Thank you for
your urgent attention to this matter.
to do more?
- Encourage your
local schools, government agencies, religious institutions and businesses
to use their buying power to go Triclosan-free. Urge your municipality,
institution or company to adopt the model
resolution which commits to not procuring or using products containing
- Send a letter
to Wal-Mart, drafted by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, asking
the retail giant to take triclsoan off its shelves.
- You can also take
action right now, by signing
the individual pledge to not use products containing Triclosan.
Join the campaign to end the consumer use of this hazardous chemical.