Posted by: Chloe Schwabe | September 10, 2008

The “Magic Kingdom” may be greener, but it‘s still toxic

photo courtesy of CHEJ

photo courtesy of CHEJ

Disney has been hailed as a green leader by the EPA for reducing water and waste in some, but not all, of their theme parks. They also have slough of hotels that are recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program that also work to reduce water and energy. These are just a few of the good first steps for one of the largest entertainment companies in the world and one that ranks 67 on Fortune magazine’s Fortune 500 List. But it seems like more could have been done in fifteen years of what they call, “environmentality” being that they have the financial resources to become more sustainable across the board.

I was disappointed when I recently learned from the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) that Disney has not stepped up to the plate to institute green cleaning practices throughout all of their theme parks and eco-lodges. They apparently have made the switch in the great Wild Animal Kingdom- which is great because toxic chemicals in cleaning product can harm animals as well as people. But if Disney is one of the richest companies in the world, and is committed to being a family friendly company, why not take steps to ensure that children and Disney employees play and work in a healthy environment?

CHEJ is organizing a national Day of Action on October 29th to encourage Disney to switch to green cleaning products. You can organize an event in your church or community or join one that is already planned.

Chemicals in traditional cleaning products have been linked to asthma, reproductive challenges, cancer, skin and eye irritations, to name a few. Some chemicals are also neurotoxins or are toxic to the liver and kidneys. Children and workers are particularly vulnerable to these chemicals. Click here to learn more about green cleaning from the National Council of Churches.

Will Disney ensure that the “least of these”- the children- play in a toxic free environment and invest their wealth to improve the lives of others like Zacchaeus did after talking with Jesus? If Disney really cares about a safe and healthy world for future generations, then they will.

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