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Green Windows or Green Washing?

Buying energy efficient windows is a win-win: the environment wins because less energy need be generated through the burning of fossil fuels, and the consumer wins by saving money on energy bills. It’s no surprise, then, that many homeowners are willing to pay a higher price for windows that claim to be energy efficient. What is surprising, however, is that many of the energy-efficiency claims made by window manufacturers, distributors, and sellers are outright false, or at least vastly overstated. Now consumers are forced to make a decision: are these green windows, or is it all a bad case of green washing?

October 12th

Eco-Marketing for New and Emerging Businesses

If you have a start-up business, or you’re trying to grow your existing venture, you probably already know how important marketing is to your success. You may not know that you don’t have to sink bazillions of dollars into your marketing efforts to gain followers, fans, and customers. Marketing in an environmentally friendly way, regardless of the product you sell, will help give you an added boost over competition.

August 29th

Green Marketing Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Transparency , product stewardship or life cycle management are some of the key hallmarks of any business, especially eco-centric businesses. Ben Grossman, through his guest lecture at Tufts University wants to bring home the point that a business can improve its branding and green marketing by concentrating on the basics.  I had the privilege of guest […]

April 2nd

McDonald's Serves Up Some Greenwash With Its Fries

McDonald’s is launching an ad campaign focussed on its growers. The local food movement has caught on amongst concerned citizens wanting to know where their food really comes from. Obviously McDonalds has been watching and wants a piece of the “eat farm fresh” ideology.
McDonald’s U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Neil Golden told Ad Age, “We thought putting a face on the quality of the food story would be a unique way to approach this. We acknowledge that there are questions about where our food comes from. I believe we’ve got an opportunity to accentuate that part of our story.”

Why does all this sound like a bunch of greenwash storytelling?

December 27th

The Janum Marketplace Tackles Supply Chain Issues and Greenwashing in Consumer Products

Ever wondered where your favorite eco-friendly item came from or what its supply chain actually looked like? I sure do. Supply chains have become so complex and convoluted these days, there is no wonder that it is the number one issue that plaques sustainability initiatives and fosters greenwashing claims. One entrepreneur from San Francisco, Julian Coleman, probably also had the same questions when he founded Janum.

Janum is a unique online marketplace launched September 15, 2011, with the aim of making long supply chains transparent so that consumers, brands and producers all benefit. For every product sold on Janum the company shows consumers, through facts and videos, the places and people that made them, the fabrication steps, the ingredients and their impact on human and environmental health.

October 19th

SC Johnson Withdraws "Greenlist" Logo- Lessons in Greenwashing

SC Johnson will stop using the “Greenlist™” logo in its current form on Windex® products. The company has reached an agreement on two lawsuits regarding use of its logo and the parties have agreed to an undisclosed settlement.

The Greenlist™ logo was intended to signify that the Windex® products had achieved the highest internal ratings according to the company’s patented Greenlist™ process. The lawsuit resulted as plaintiffs opined that Greenlist™ was an internally developed process rather than that of a third-party and that the logo implied the products included environmentally friendly ingredients.

July 11th