Written on labels as: Triclocarbon (TCC) and Triclosan (TSC)
Found in the following products: Toothpaste, tooth whitening, shaving products, creams, color cosmetics, antibacterial soaps and detergents
Chemical purpose: Triclosan is used as a synthetic antimicrobial agent for soaps and detergents.
Potential harmful risks:
Endocrine disruption: Triclosan impacts thyroid function and thyroid homeostasis. Studies have shown evidence that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor.
Environmental toxicity/bioaccumulation: Triclosan accumulates in the fatty tissues and is found at increased levels in many fish and aquatic life. The concern is that triclosan’s bioaccumulation will harm the wildlife with its endocrine-disruptive properties.
Zorrilla L, Gibson EK, Jeffay SC, Crofton KM, Setzer Wr, Cooper RL, and Stoker TE. “The effects of Triclosan on Puberty and Thyroid Hormones in Male Wistar Rats.” 107(1) 56-64. Print.
Chalew TE and Halden RU. “Environmental Exposure of Aquatic and Terrestrial Biota to Triclosan and Triclocarban.” J Am Water Works Assoc. 2009;45(1):4-13. Print.