Health and Environmental Advocates Protest at Disney Shareholder Meeting in Phoenix

The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice reports that a recent shareholders meeting of the Walt Disney Company in Phoenix, Arizona was met with protesters who demanded that the company cease the use of phthalates in their children's products. The article states that Disney's lunchboxes have been found to contain high levels of phthalates -- chemicals associated with a number of health risks in children, including asthma -- and concerned parents lined up outside the meeting to call for the elimination of the chemical from these products. 

“Why does Disney sell lunchboxes and backpacks that contain toxic chemicals that have been banned in toys?” said Steve Brittle, President of Don’t Waste Arizona, a statewide environmental health organization. “We would like Disney to do what’s right and safeguard our children’s health by eliminating these unnecessary harmful chemicals and plastic.”

With Disney’s shareholders, Senior Executives and Board of Directors in Phoenix, AZ for the company’s annual shareholder meeting, environmental and health groups demonstrated outside holding signs and passing out leaflets to Disney shareholders and executives.  Today’s action follows a recent report published by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice that identified phthalates up to 59 times the safety level in Disney products.   Disney lunchboxes, backpacks, and raingear were found to contain high levels of phthalates, which may leach out of the products.  The levels of phthalates found in Disney school supplies would be illegal if these products were toys.

Parents involved in the protest efforts expressed concern that these Disney products were so highly contaminated, commenting that Disney is a brand that is generally thought of as safe for children. This is misleading given the toxicity levels being reported in Disney products, and the protesters insist that these chemicals have no place in children's products. Many other companies have eliminated phthalates from their products, and the protesters were optimistic that Disney had the ability to follow suit. For more information, please see the full article here.

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