Cut Out Chemicals in Clothing

Target: Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company CEO

Goal: Make Disney commit to removing environmentally harmful chemicals from children’s clothing by 2020

In a report released by Greenpeace, clothing produced by several major manufacturers was found to contain toxic chemicals. The chemicals’ use poses a serious public health risk to human reproductive, hormonal, and immune systems.

Wearing the clothes does not pose a health risk, but, through washing and disposal, the chemicals are released into the environment.  From there, humans are exposed to the toxins through food and water consumption.

The toxic chemicals include nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and phthalates. When NPEs are released into the environment, they break down and change into hormone-disrupting chemicals or the carcinogen, perfluoroctane acid. Phthalates carry the risk of sterilizing adults or harming unborn children.

The risk posed to human health is more than enough to demand change in production policy from these companies.

Though Nike and Adidas have already made a commitment to no longer use these or any toxic chemicals in their production, Disney and others have made no such promise. However, Disney is such a diversified company that it has incredible global influence and a web of business connections. If Disney were to make a commitment to remove toxic chemicals, then other companies would be pressured or compelled to change their production means to remain in business with Disney.

Sign this petition to urge Bob Iger to make a commitment to eliminate toxic chemical use in clothing production by 2020 and to join Greenpeace’s Detox Alliance.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bob Iger,

The clothing produced by the Walt Disney Company contains chemicals that pose a serious danger to public health and the environment. When your clothing is washed by consumers, the toxic chemicals are released into the water and break down or change. Then, humans are exposed to the toxins by consuming fish and water.

The chemicals your company uses include nonylphenol ethxylates. These break down and change into hormone-disrupting chemicals or the carcinogen perfluoroctane acid. Your clothing products also contain phthalates which can lead to infertility or fetal harm. Clearly the use of these chemicals poses a serious health risk for our hormonal, reproductive and immune systems.

Other major companies have joined Greenpeace’s Detox Alliance and made a commitment to eliminate toxic chemicals in their production methods by 2020. I urge you to join them in both the alliance and the commitment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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