Greenpeace: Pajamas Are Toxic

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Oct 22, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The international environmental action group, Greenpeace, is demanding retailers, including Disney, Mothercare, Toys R Us and Woolworth’s, stop selling children’s pajamas containing
phthalates and other potentially harmful chemicals.

According to a report on the Ethical Corporation Web site, the European Union has banned phthalates in teething toys “amid fears they could cause liver, kidney and testicular
damage.”

Mark Strutt of Greenpeace singled out Disney for criticism. “Disney must remove these dangerous products from sale immediately. There can never be any excuse for exposing children
to these extremely hazardous chemicals. It’s time for Disney to stop polluting children’s bodies.”

Moderator’s Comment: How should retailers decide whether to pull or keep selling a product that is believed to be potentially harmful?

The position of most retailers is that if the government says something is legal to sell, then they sell it, even if, in cases such as tobacco, the dangers
of using the product are beyond dispute.
[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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