Another one of my “Women Eco-Warrior” pals Lori Alper, founder of Groovy Green Livin, is leading the fight to get the Disney corporation to stop selling “toxic lunch boxes” containing chemicals known as phthalates, which have reportedly been linked to serious health problems like asthma, ADHD, and diabetes.
Lori launched the Change.org petition after a recent study of school supplies by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice found lunch boxes that contained up to 30 times the amount of phthalates deemed safe for toys by the federal government. Disney character lunch boxes were some of the worst offenders.
“Like millions of kids out there, my three boys eat out of lunch boxes,” said Alper. “But what most parents don’t realize is that lunch boxes made by Disney may be toxic to growing kids with developing immune systems. That’s why I started a campaign on Change.org asking Disney to make sure its lunch boxes are safe for my boys and other children.”
“Parents like me want to know that when they pack lunch every morning, they’re not putting their kids’ health in jeopardy,” Alper added. “It’s simple: these toxic lunch boxes aren’t safe for children, and Disney needs to take responsibility.”
Phthalates are tightly regulated in toys, but lunch boxes aren’t technically considered toys, a loophole Alper says companies like Disney are able to exploit. The corporation has yet to respond to Alper’s Change.org petition.
“Their lunch boxes are covered with beloved characters – like iconic princesses and Spiderman, a character my boys love – but could be shedding toxic chemicals that put my kids at risk,” Alper said. “While Congress works on long-term solutions like the Safe Chemicals Act, corporations like Disney have a responsibility to keep our kids safe now.”
Live signature totals from Alper’s Change.org petition:
Consumers interested in contacting Disney’s public relations staff should try:
Disney Consumer Products
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
The Walt Disney Company