The other day I caught a glimpse of a television ad featuring young children wishing for a Disney World vacation with the slogan that now there are affordable trips to meet everyone’s budgets. With Christmas vacation fastly approaching, how many parents will crunch the numbers to see if they can afford this type of Magical vacation? It is a paradise for children and a place where adults can re-live their youth.
Is Disney looking out for our little ones best interest when it comes to how they keep the park, restaurants, and hotels clean? According to the Center of Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), Disney’s green cleaning policies are causing the seven dwarfs to be more grumpy, sneezing, and sleepy than usual. For the last two years, CHEJ through its Disney Go Green! Campaign has been urging the Walt Disney Company, whose main clients are children, to reconsider their toxic green cleaning purchasing policies and implement staff green cleaning training to ensure proper use of the products for their parks, hotels, and restaurants. Such policy changes have however, been instituted in the Animal Kingdom to protect the animals.
CHEJ has urged overall changes to Disney’s cleaning policies. (See the correspondences between the companies.) However, Disney asserts that they are using green seal certified cleaners. So, what can you do? The CHEJ urges you to take action as follows:
“Who Put Goofy in Charge of Purchasing?
Recently, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice found that Disney World uses 12 certified green products, and over 80 very toxic cleaners. So what’s the deal? Animals’ sensitivities to chemicals have them avoiding toxics in their Animal Kingdom theme park. Apparently green cleaners are for the birds (and the lions and the tigers and the bears – oh my!) But then where are the toxic cleaners used? They are used where visiting children bathe, eat and play.
Now is the time to call on Disney World to Go Green! Community groups in Florida are joining together to move Disney towards safer cleaning products, but you can get involved! Disney cares most about impressing its visitors!
Get Goofy to Smarten Up! Here’s how you can help:
- Join in the fun! Download or order materials to hand out at Earth Day or other events and help spread the word.
- Write your own letter to Disney, or have children write letters to them. Write to:
Senior Vice President
Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
The Walt Disney Company
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
Take these few steps to make Disney take one great leap – switching to green cleaning products and procedures and becoming a leader in the hotel and tourism industries!”
In addition, the CHEJ suggested hosting a green cleaning party to create awareness of the toxic chemicals we use in our home to keep it sparkling clean. Here are so resources to assist you in this endeavor:
Even if you are not planning a trip to Disney or do not have children, it take a village to raise a child. Let’s protect them for one day they will taking care of us.