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Triclosan: You may have never heard of it, but chances are that you and your family use products that contain it regularly. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that it is harmful to the environment and humans - especially children. And it doesn't work particularly well.
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Cosmetic and personal care is a billion dollar industry that caters to our need to smell good, look good, and feel good. While there isn't anything inherently wrong with wanting to give our appearances a boost, the long-term consequences of using many conventional health and beauty products may have you feeling less than attractive.
However, one action, hand hygiene, learned in our youth has an incredible ability to keep us healthy, but also to ensure an even safer world. Because of this link between hand hygiene and health, the WHO has set aside May 5th as a day for celebration of this part of our daily life.
October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.