Loblaws, one of Canada's largest all-around retailers, and the country's largest food retailer with 2,000 stores, has announced that it intends to ban triclosan, phthalates, and microbeads from its store brand products. "Loblaw president Galen Weston says the grocery giant is working to remove the ingredients from all of its Life Brand and President's Choice products over the next three years." Why is that important? Because:
Triclosan is found in antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpaste and some cosmetic products and is thought to contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Phthalates are chemicals used to add fragrance to products that include body lotions and nail polishes, and to make plastics more flexible. There are concerns they may interfere with the body's endocrine system.Microbeads are commonly used in facial and body scrubs, but are so tiny they aren't captured by water-treatment systems so end up in lakes and rivers -- and in the gullets of fish. (source)
The company joins a larger movement against these particular common ingredients found in many household products.
TreeHugger has covered phthalates quite extensively over the years. You can read some of our articles here:
The same goes for Triclosan. Here is some of our past coverage:
Hopefully there's also a ban in the U.S., as has been proposed last year. So far Illinois has been the first state to do it. If this catches on in the U.S., no doubt Canada will follow suit at some point.
For more background on plastic microbeads (who had that idea?), check out this video by The Story of Stuff, which Maggie covered:
Via CTV News