Down the drain and into… dolphins?
Weve got some disturbing news. Researchers have reported
that triclosan was found in the blood of bottlenose dolphins. This
goes to show that the consequences of overusing a pesticide like
triclosan are incredibly far-reaching and dangerous.
It is well known that marine mammals, forced to swim in polluted
waters, become contaminated with persistent organic pollutants. Triclosan,
commonly used in personal care products including hand soaps and dish
detergent, has made its way down drain and into dolphins living in US
coastal waters. The study, which appears in this month‚ Environmental
Pollution, examined dolphins from rivers, an estuary, a harbor and a
lagoon in South Carolina and Florida. Blood samples from wild
bottlenose dolphins found within an estuary in Charleston, South
Carolina and in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida in 2005 were analyzed
for triclosan. Triclosan was detected in 31 and 23 percent of the
animals from the two sites.
we wash our hands (or dishes, or clothing, etc.) with soaps containing triclosan, it eventually enters wastewater. While most harmful
residue is removed during the treatment process, triclosan
persists in waterways and is one of the most commonly found
contaminants in river and estuary sediment downstream of treated water
Next time youre shopping, keep in mind the possible effects your choices have
on the world. If we continue on the same irresponsible path, who knows what the
effects of triclosan in our environment will be 10 or 20 years from now? And take a minute to educate your friends and family
about this issue. Take the triclosan pledge and help protect dolphins and the rest of the planet!