Many conventional hand washes today contain triclosan (an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agent), as do many household and personal care products. Triclosan is the most prevalent contaminant not removed by typical wastewater treatment plants.
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“The soaps containing triclosan used in the community setting are no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms, as well as reducing bacteria on the hands.”
Following source: NICNAS, Australia. ’Widespread use of triclosan provides a number of ways for the chemical to enter the environment. In addition, tests showed triclosan to be toxic to aquatic species including algae. The chemical properties of triclosan indicated that it may be bio-accumulative and persistent in the environment.’
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