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11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet

By: Julie Knapp on July 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m.
Antibacterial hand soap

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Antibacterial hand soap

Many antibacterial products contain the germ-killing chemical triclosan, a hormone disruptor that is beginning to build up in our oceans. In fact, a 2009 study tested bottlenose dolphins off the coast of South Carolina and found the substance in one-third of the animals’ blood. Triclosan also kills algae, the first link in the marine food chain. Plain old soap and water should do the trick, but if you want extra germ-fighting power, look for natural and organic products that rely on essential oils or botanicals such as thyme or pine.