Antibacterial Soap Kills Lakes

28.01.2013

Environmentalists from the United States examined samples of sediment from eight natural lakes of Minnesota. What they were pretty surprised to find was high concentration of triclosan, antibiotic for external use contained in antibacterial soap. Experts assume that this substance is carried to the natural waters by local sewers. Most households use small septic tanks, while cleaning off the antibiotics is possible only at large wastewater plants.

Wash hands with regular soap – especially when doing it outdoors

As a matter of fact, triclosan severely damages immune systems of lake inhabitants and may lead to mutations in certain species. Its use soared up lately – all because of aggressive advertising campaigns exploiting most ancient fears of customers, such as fear of falling sick. Obviously, latest researches have not revealed any advantages of soap with triclosan comparing to regular soap. If there's no difference, should we kill the nature then?

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