September 4th, 2012

PETITION Disney: Get toxic chemicals out of Princess and Spiderman lunch boxes

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The alarm clock went off at an ungodly hour this morning and I quickly rallied to get my very tall 6th grader and his 5th and 3rd grade brothers out of bed. Today millions of children like mine are heading back to school.  My three were ready- armed with new backpacks filled to the brim with the required school supplies.  As parents most of us do our best to make sure our kids have everything they need to be successful-including the right school supplies. We spent many days over the past few weeks scouring  multiple stores, searching for the perfect backpacks, notebooks, folders and other items on those lengthy school supply lists.

Some school supplies are toxic

But it turns out some school supplies might be releasing “toxic dust” — chemicals known as phthalates – which are linked to serious health problems, including asthma, ADHD, and diabetes.

These chemicals are tightly regulated in toys — but companies like Disney are exploiting loopholes in a federal law. Because school supplies like lunchboxes aren’t technically “toys,” there is no regulation on the levels of toxic chemicals like phthalates they contain — and the amounts of these chemicals could be dangerous.

Study shows children’s vinyl “back‐to‐school” supplies are laden with hidden toxic chemicals

A recent study from the Center for Health, Environment & Justice found that all the children’s lunch boxes tested — which technically aren’t “toys” — contained up to 30 times the amount of toxic dust deemed safe by the federal government.

Disney’s lunch boxes were some of the worst offenders. Their lunchboxes 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.

What’s heartbreaking is that alternatives exist. Disney could choose tomorrow to make their products safer. And, while Congress works on long-term solutions like the Safe Chemicals Act, corporations like Disney have a responsibility to keep our kids safe now.

I truly believe that together we can and will make a difference. Over 76,000 of you have come forward in support of my  petition (with Healthy Child Healthy World and Women’s Voices for the Earth) asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip a harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®.  And that number continues to grow.

Please sign my petition

Let’s join our collective voices to  tell Disney to be a leader for children’s health and stop using dangerous phthalates in their products NOW. 

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION

 

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33 Responses to “PETITION Disney: Get toxic chemicals out of Princess and Spiderman lunch boxes”

  1. Just signed your great petition and passed it on. How we can tell if the lunchboxes our kids are using, that are generic, are toxic or not? Is it the thermal lunchboxes that are of concern?

  2. Also – heard the same thing about children’s backpacks. (And I am looking for non-toxic lunch containers.) It seems best to assume if the item does not say it is free of phthalates, PBA’s, or PVC’s that the item IS NOT safe.

  3. Signed!

  4. Thank you so much for signing the petition Leslie! My advice is to steer clear of anything vinyl. There’s no way to tell if a product contains phthalates unless it is tested. Unfortunately, the way our system is set up right now no labels with a list of chemicals is required.

  5. Yes-I agree Leslie. I would assume that the product contains toxins just to be on the safe side.

  6. Thank you so much Mary Beth!

  7. Ugh, vinyl! Also not a toy: those bedroom wall decals. I wrote about them here: http://www.sarahpinneo.com/blog/dear-pottery-barn-kids.html

  8. I’ve signed the petition and have passed the word. This is scandalous!! Thanks for letting us know!

  9. Thank you so much for signing the petition. Truly appreciate it!

  10. […] levels. I decided that I wanted to complicate my life even more and add to it the launch of  my petition asking Disney to get toxic chemicals out of princess and Spiderman lunch boxes. So let’s just […]

  11. […] many of you know, I started a PETITION asking Disney to be a leader for children’s health and to stop using dangerous chemicals  in their Spiderman […]

  12. […] source of health-affecting chemicals. Recently a mom, Lori Popkewitz Alper wrote an article on her blog about Disney lunchboxes and backpacks containing unsafe levels of phthalates.  These […]

  13. […] our Senators to vote in favor of the Safe Chemicals Act and I started a petition asking Disney to take harmful chemicals out of their princess and Spiderman lunch boxes marketed to children. I’ve written a lot about GMOs and our right to know what’s in our […]

  14. […] decided to take matters into my own hands so I started a petition on Change.org calling on Disney to get phthalates and vinyl out of school supplies. Today my petition has over […]

  15. […] exactly where I went, only I wasn’t there to shop. I was there for another reason-to deliver my petition asking Disney to stop selling “toxic lunch boxes” and other school supplies containing vinyl plastic and chemicals known as phthalates, which have […]

  16. […] PVC free. […]

  17. […] to see how the piece turned out. This time I was talking about another petition I started asking Disney to remove the toxic chemicals that were found in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies […]

  18. […] Day we are asking Disney to have a heart and we need your help. As many of you know, I started a petition asking Disney to remove toxic chemicals found in their Spiderman and princess lunch boxes. This is a […]

  19. […] from Groovy Green Livin began a petition back in September asking Disney to remove the toxic chemicals found in their Spiderman and princess […]

  20. […] August, over 65,000 parents across the country have signed petitions on Change.org and MomsRising.org calling on Disney to phase out these […]

  21. […] take a minute to sign my petition asking Disney to get toxic chemicals out of their princess and Spiderman lunch boxes! Click HERE to […]

  22. […] If you’ve been following along here for a while you know that a study by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s(CHEJ) found children’s vinyl “back‐to‐school” supplies (including backpacks) contained elevated levels of phthalates, hazardous chemicals that have been banned in toys, yet remain widespread in vinyl back‐to‐school supplies. […]

  23. […] you’ve been following along here you know that vinyl lunchboxes aren’t safe and should be avoided. Check out this double decker lunch bag that is PVC, BPA and […]

  24. […] Many lunchboxes aren’t safe! A recent study by the Center for Environmental Justice HEJ shows that vinyl back‐to‐school supplies — including lunch kits — are laden with hidden toxic chemicals. […]

  25. […] Many lunchboxes aren’t safe! A recent study by the Center for Environmental Justice HEJ shows that vinyl back‐to‐school supplies — including lunch kits — are laden with hidden toxic chemicals. […]

  26. […] was a true testament to the power of our collective voices.  The support received after starting a petition asking Disney to remove toxic chemicals from their Spiderman and princess lunch boxes encourages me to continue on. You can read my full […]

  27. […] If you’ve been following along here for a while you know that a study by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s(CHEJ) found children’s vinyl “back‐to‐school” supplies (including backpacks) contained elevated levels of phthalates, hazardous chemicals that have been banned in toys, yet remain widespread in vinyl back‐to‐school supplies. […]

  28. […] take a minute to sign my petition asking Disney to get toxic chemicals out of their princess and Spiderman lunch boxes! […]

  29. […] blogger Lori Alper of Groovy Green Livin’ read this year’s report on phthalates (endocrine-disrupting chemicals used to soften vinyl […]

  30. […] united front. The issues we tackle are real – climate change, product and food safety, GMOs, keeping our families safe and healthy -these are issues that affect each of us in many […]

  31. […] the past few years I’ve been fighting hard to get toxic chemicals out of lunch boxes. Unfortunately there’s more work to […]

  32. […] and eco-warrior Lori Alper has a petition to get toxic chemicals out of lunch boxes. Read her article on how they get away with it, and sign the […]

  33. […] detergent has gone viral. The petition has well over 78,000 signatures and continues to grow. My Disney petition asking Disney to remove toxic chemicals from their Spiderman and princess lunch boxes also took […]

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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