Today, the folks at Avon announced that it will begin getting rid of triclosan from its line of cosmetic and personal care products. New products will not have the ingredient and Avon will replace it in products that currently contain triclosan.
The company says it believes that the chemical is safe, but decided to remove the controversial ingredient “based on the preferences expressed by some of our customers for products without triclosan.” According to Avon, only a small number of its products are affected by this decision.
Other companies that have vowed to phase out triclosan include household products titans Procter & Gamble, whose website still says it aims to phase out the chemical by 2014, and Johnson & Johnson, which began its phase-out of triclosan in 2012.
“It’s a hormonally active chemical that has no business being in cosmetics and personal care products,” says Janet Nudelman,co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and director of program and policy at the Breast Cancer Fund, in a statement following today’s announcement. “But triclosan is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unsafe chemicals in cosmetics. We want Avon to adopt a comprehensive policy that declares chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other adverse health effects to be off limits in cosmetics and to support stricter regulation of the $71 billion cosmetics industry so that everyone is protected.”