Getting Disney to go Green?

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by natnelliesmom, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. natnelliesmom

    natnelliesmom Mom to 3 Disney Princesses in Training

    Jun 10, 2007
    I just received an interesting email from the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. I'm not sure what I think yet- but thought I'd pass the info along. They are a trustworthy organization.

    Join CHEJ and communities all across the country on October 29 for the first National Day of Action asking Disney to Go Green!

    Through the passage of several state green cleaning laws and the widespread availability of safer and healthier cleaning alternatives, Americans are well aware of the health impacts of toxic cleaning products. People all over are exchanging their traditional cleaning products for safer ones, but Disney World isn't making the switch. They are still refusing to eliminate toxic cleaning products from their parks, hotels, and restaurants. Families and businesses all across the country are taking action into their own hands by throwing a party, learning more about how easy it is to switch to green cleaning alternatives, and sign postcards urging Disney to go green on October 29.

    Sign up today to join the campaign!

    For A Toxic Free Future,
    Disney Go Green Campaign Coordinator

    P.S. Did You Know?

    Did you know that Disney World uses green cleaning products in Animal Kingdom but not in Magic Kingdom? Two years ago CHEJ launched its Disney Go Green! campaign. Disney is a leader in innovation but has yet to take the important steps of eliminating toxic cleaning products from its Disney World parks, hotels and restaurants, like it has in Animal Kingdom to protect its animals.

    To find out more about the Disney Go Green National Day of Action check this out.

    This message is brought to you by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
    For more information visit the CHEJ homepage at
  2. Schmeck

    Schmeck <font color=blue>Funny thing is now my 17 year old

    Aug 26, 1999
    Would have been more meaningful to me if the 'toxic' products being used were listed. Just using the word 'toxic' without any listing of products is plain old scare tactics - if these people were really dedicated and professional, they wouldn't stoop to using scare tactics.
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  4. eeyorethegreat

    eeyorethegreat DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2005
    Is this organization something that you signed up to received email from? I ask because I am always getting spam from a source by a similar name always toting some cause and always having some link to click.

    I am sure that Disney as well as most companies operating all around the world need to seek "greener" ways of operating. Just like most people need to make more of an effort to leave less of a "footprint" . Disney does have a page on their site about Envoronmentality as they call it That might give you some information about what Disney is doing, planning on doing or - not doing. to protect the envoronment. There are links on this page to other information.
  5. Belle4mygrl

    Belle4mygrl DIS Veteran

    May 4, 2008
    I thought I would add my 2 cents in. haha

    I was drinking a frappucino and didn't see a glass/can recyling bin so I asked a guard where the next one could be found. He said, " throw it in a regular trash can, Disney recyles trash. You will be surpised how much is recyled."
  6. idieh

    idieh Mouseketeer

    Sep 21, 2007
    Why pick on Disney? Has Universal, the Busch parks and Six Flags all switched to "greener" products and Disney is refusing to do so? What toxic products are we talking about? Some may be necessary to keep things at the"Disney" standard. Would any of us be happy to find moldy showers in our rooms because mousekeeping was not using strong enough cleaners? I'm all for recycling and using "green" products, but, IMO, the letter is simply seeking to scare you into joining. It's a fund raiser.
  7. Miss LD

    Miss LD Mouseketeer

    Jul 21, 2008
    When we were at Disney I was speaking to a CM and I was asking him about recycling bins. He told me that something like 80% of the energy used at Disney comes from the garbage they generate. And he explained that they sort all the recyclables out of the regular trash.
    Some of the info he gave me was fascinating. And I was really impressed.
  8. ElenitaB

    ElenitaB Cries at Illuminations (and Wishes and DCL Plannin

    Jan 16, 2005
    The firm I work for has long been interested in environmentally-friendly practices for our large corporate meetings. For years, Disney was the only resort in the Orlando area that would have any sort of recycling bins set up for us (the county does not recycle). To my recollection, this happened in 2001 or even before.

    All the Disney resorts in Florida (including Vero Beach) have received the state's "Green designation." In the entire state, something like only 165 hotels have received the designation; that all of the WDW resorts (and VB) have, says something IMHO.

    Last but not least, the "toxic" chemicals being used could include the same hand/dish cleaners that we use in our homes (the surfactants and phosphates contribute to algae overgrowth... hey, maybe that's what happened to Bay Lake) (source: There are easily available products on the market that WDW could substitute for the "bad guys" if they haven't done so already.
  9. NotUrsula

    NotUrsula DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2002
  10. Ducky4Disney

    Ducky4Disney -->Place Tag HERE!

    Sep 24, 2003
    I agree with a lot of the PP's. Why pick on Disney? It isn't as if everyone else in the US has done all these measures and Disney is the last hold out. If anything, Disney invents and creates new ways to save the environment - and other places look to them for advice! Like how the waterways are interconnected so if it rains hard in one area they can pump that water to another area with a lower water table. How about the new Treehouse Villas that have a smaller footprint than the originals and are decreasing the encrouchment on the wetlands they are on by 70% per unit.

    I have to think they do a pretty good job for a large company at being green. Is there room for improvement? Yes *cough* busses! *cough* but they are way ahead than most of us.

  11. chisnpeke

    chisnpeke <font color=blue>Got the blues on purple tag night

    Jul 11, 2007
    There were recycling cans at Disneyland.



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