Topics: Greenwash of the Month

Greenwash of the Month: The High Price of Spring Cleaning

Believe it or not, there are many risks that can come with cleaning your home.  Cancer-causing chemicals or fumes from cleaning products are released into the air, affecting indoor air quality, and accidental spills can cause serious skin rashes or burns. Last month, CEH pushed for the enforcement of a 40-year old New York state [...]

Avoid Greenwashed Holiday Items: Go Simple with Our Last Minute (Truly) Green Gift Guide

If your holiday shopping list still looks dauntingly long, and you’re sick of clicking through all those holiday guides, take our advice:  Go simple. Going green is often about simplifying, not consuming more.  It’s about getting rid of the crap we accumulate in a responsible way, learning to make use of any waste we create, [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Chemical Industry Front-Groups You Should Know About

The chemical, pesticide, and other industries have a long history of using their lobbyists and public relations firms to create industry front groups.  These front groups are paid to serve as purported independent analysts, while in reality they are nothing more than undercover proxies for dirty industries. Industry needs these phony front groups because public [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Breast Cancer Prevention and Fracking Chemicals Don’t Mix

It’s breast cancer awareness month, and we’ve found a bad case of pinkwashing.  For the past two years, Chesapeake Energy Corp., a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling company, has been participating in the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s (PBCC) annual “Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer” home-run baseball derby. Chesapeake Energy reported more than $25 million in charitable [...]

Greenwash of the Month: “My Teacher Says Plastic Bags are A-OK!”

It’s like the plot for an action-filled Hollywood movie:  the evil mastermind tries to  gain power and control by indoctrinating the unsuspecting civilians.  In this case, the villain is the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s trade group.  And the Council’s civilian targets?  They’re California’s school children.  Over the past two years, the Chemistry Council [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Chemical Company Poses as Supporter of Safe Chemicals Act

Is your chemical company getting a lot of flak for all those nasty health problems that the toxic chemicals you produce have been causing? Don’t worry!  Follow the steps below to see a great chemical company marketing tactic guide that’s sure to gain your corporation better standing as a trusted, sustainable entity:  1. Pose as [...]

Greenwash of the Month: The Kid-Friendly (Fracking Dinosaur) “Fracosaurus”?

Hey, kids!  It’s Talisman Terry, your “friendly Fracosaurus”!  Terry the Fracosaurus teaches kids about “a clean energy source called Natural Gas,” found right in your hometown! Wait, what?! If the “frac” in that cartoon dinosaur’s name sounds scarily close to the natural gas drilling process called “fracking,” then you’re right—that’s exactly where it came from.  [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Does My Hair Look “Organic”? Mislabeled Organic Personal Care Products

When you buy shampoo, lotions, toothpastes or other personal care items and you see the word “organic” on the package, you probably expect the product is made with mostly organic ingredients. After all, that’s why you buy these products, which are safer for you, your family, and for the farm workers and rural communities where [...]

Stop Organic Greenwashing!

Many personal care product labels misuse the word “organic”, duping consumers into buying products that are not actually “organic” and may even contain toxic chemicals that consumers would never expect to find in an organic product.  Companies selling “organic” labeled products, like Hain, must stop this organic greenwashing. Tell Hain CEO: Products labeled as “organic” [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Coke’s New Green Image Canned by BPA

In 2010, “Coca-cola went green” according to a Forbes article.  Yes, the beverage behemoth has hopped on the “green-your-corporation-for-a-better-public-image” bandwagon, starting partnerships with Big Green groups Conservation International (who’s having their own problems after being caught on tape offering to help conduct a greenwash effort for representatives of a faux arms dealer)  and World Wildlife [...]