Colgate-Palmolive: Take Triclosan Out of Total Toothpaste
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Colgate-Palmolive: Take Triclosan Out of Total Toothpaste

    1. Brie Cadman
    2. Petition by

      Brie Cadman

      Charlottesville, VA

Colgate-Palmolive recently reformulated their Palmolive dish soap to be triclosan free. This is a step in the right direction – triclosan, a widely used antimicrobial, has been linked to a variety of health issues, including an increase in allergies and hay fever, antimicrobial resistance and endocrine disruption.

However, just as they phased out triclosan in their soap, they increased advertising expenditure on another product that contains the chemical – their Total Toothpaste. They add triclosan to the toothpaste to prevent gingivitis, but other toothpastes on the market also fight gingivitis, without the addition of triclosan.

The FDA and EPA are currently investigating the science to determine if triclosan presents too great a threat to health and the environmental to remain on the market. Until then, it’s up to companies to phase out the chemical.

Without a full understanding of triclosan’s health effects, and with safer alternatives, Colgate-Palmolive should adhere to the precautionary principle and phase out the use of triclosan in their Total Toothpaste. Sign the petition below asking them to do so. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2 signatures
    2. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, researchers participated in a Congressional briefing on the dangers of triclosan, including its persistence in the environment:

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      The good news is that consumer demand is fueling 'greener' alternatives to toxins used in everyday products; the bad news is that although Colgate-Palmolive said they were "moving away" from triclosan, it's still in their toothpaste:

    5. Reached 1 signatures
    6. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Today is the last day to send the EPA your comments on a proposed triclosan ban. In addition to letting Total know you don't want to see the chemical in toothpaste, let the EPA know that the chemical shouldn't be in any consumer products:

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      American Council on Science and Health, an industry-funded front group, rigorously defends all types of potentially harmful chemicals, including triclosan:

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Will Total Toothpaste Go Triclosan Free?

      Brie Cadman
      Petition Organizer

      Triclosan is rapidly becoming the BPA of the consumer product world -- troublesome and best avoided. Just as some companies have reformulated their cans and water bottles get rid of the endocrine-disrupting  BPA, others are beginning to phase out...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • K B STARA ZAGORA, BULGARIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Boycott is the answer!

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    • Rena Ultimo EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      "...an increase in allergies and hay fever..." That's good enough reason for me!

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    • Irma Desiderio MAMARONECK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I used to use Total Toothpaste and my gums would become so inflamed. When I stopped using Total and switched to a baking soda based toothpaste, the inflamation subsided. Now, I know why!

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    • Carolyn McNamara MONTPELIER, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please remove the triclosan from your Colgate Total tooth paste. We have been purchasing up to 4 tubes of Colgate Total toothpaste a month for our family of 6. We will no longer buy it until the triclosan is removed.

      Thank you for considering my request.

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    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      take that out, and all the other dangerous chemicals you put in the toothpaste!!!!!!

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