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Green Washing

Chik-fil-A Full of It: Styrene is not Green

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.14.2017 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Has the Chik-fil-A "We make Benches out of our Styrofoam cups" ad appeared on your social media yet? When it hit mine, I had to respond to Chik-Fil-A publicly so they don't get away with this misleading polystyrene propaganda.

Privatizing Clean Energy Development Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

With news that global carbon dioxide emissions have reached record levels, the need to switch to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. However, the urgency of this crisis does not absolve us of the responsibility to move forward in a just, sustainable way.

Is Apple Building Trust for Apple Pay Though Climate Change Action?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

At the Apple earnings call last week, CEO Tim Cook reported Apple's latest record-breaking results and the strongest March quarter ever, with 27% revenue growth and 40% earnings growth year over year.

Walmart Puts Green Label on Products it Doesn't Even Claim Are Green

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Stacy Mitchell

Walmart's new green labels are more of the same -- a way to keep the public conversation about the company's impact confined within its own narrow terms, all the while obscuring the deep problems at the heart of Walmart's business model.

How Well Do You Know The Nutrition Basics?

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

For such a universal activity, eating can be pretty confusing. Grocery stores are crowded with nutritional jargon -- think: organic, vegan, enriched, ...

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Make CSR Hard Core

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

Corporate ethics is booming. Every major company has its own Corporate Social Responsibility program. CSR consulting is big business, and more and more companies are following suit. But is social responsibility also economically sustainable?

Happy Birthday, Walmart. Thanks for All the Greenwashing

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

No amount of recycling can make up for all the waste and environmental destruction Walmart creates through its business model.

Sustainability: It Should Be About More Than the Bottom Line

Ed Lawler | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

The problem with organizations that adopt a bottom line orientation toward sustainability is that they only do those things that are visible and have a quick financial payoff. They spread a veneer over the organization, but they do not change its essential nature.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: Not as Green as It Looks

Harris Silver | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Harris Silver

While adults know there is no Santa Claus, they are less knowledgeable about the difference between green practices and green washing -- the act of saying something is green, instead of it actually being green.

BP's Greenwashing Can't Clean Up Their Spill

Andy Stepanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Stepanian

We need to reclaim the valuable ad space within ourselves that BP has so smugly painted green and yellow. We need to challenge our notions that everything in this world is inexhaustible and put here solely for human use.

Should We Green Wash for the Sake of Spreading Green to the Masses?

Tracy Hepler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy Hepler

It is becoming increasingly dangerous that many within the green community are continually misusing "green" terminology to enhance the appeal of certain products.

Is Buying Green a Moral Offset?

Mother Jones | Stephanie Volkoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The study found that making environmentally responsible consumer choices leads people to make unethical decisions (or at least not as nice ones) later...

Examining Monsanto's Greenwashing | Fred Pearce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In part, no doubt, to help salvage its GM-tarnished reputation, Monsanto now makes great play of its efforts to help engineer a second green revolutio...

Water, Water Everywhere

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

When a company like Nestlé pipes-up about its unfounded environmental credentials with an attempt to address ecological concerns and to self-promote as a green steward, it's "super-greenwashing."

Who Owns Our Food? Thoughts on a New Green Revolution

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

We need to stand up for all of those voices who have no say in how their land is developed under the auspices of philanthropy.

Joe the Deacon and the Church of Clean Coal Carolers: How to Faith-wash Green-washing

Justin Callaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Justin Callaway

Forget the ghost-written pontifications of Joe-the-Plumber, meet Joe the Deacon. That's Joe Lucas, the VP of Communications at the ACCCE, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy.

Greenwashing: The Six Sins Of Greenwashing | Annie Bell Muzaurieta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Greenwashing, the term used when a company misleads a consumer regarding its environmental practices, can make it difficult for the average eco-newbie...