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greenwash

to try to appear environmentally friendly while hiding damaging activities
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greenwash

(ˈɡriːnˌwɒʃ)
n
a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment that is shown by an organization
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I, as a member of the media distinguished by a yellowy green wash to my lanyard badge, was not allowed into the main hall.
The Big Eco Show has been specifically designed to help members of the North East's business community cut through the 'green wash' which so often accompanies attempts to move to a more sustainable future and which so often stands in the way of genuine progress and debate.
"It's not just PR or green wash, it's actually established programs at each property;" he says.
"These tar sands corporations and all the dirty oil money in the world can't buy a tar sands green wash. While their profits rise, people die-this is the nature of this tar sands industry.
Reheated old development proposals which simply add "green wash" will not make it through.
But when the record of fines, violations, and accidents attributable to industrial laundries is examined-along with the fact that industrial laundries discharge millions of tons of effluent to crumbling municipal water treatment facilities every year--educated citizens and government officials should not be fooled one bit by launderer attempts to "green wash" their operations.
He added there was a lot of "green wash" surrounding environmentally friendly developments and called for a kitemark to identify the best green homes.
The satirical comedy about personal and political power is based on an incident when Halliwell was expelled temporarily from Huddersfield Art School for splashing a bright green wash on what was to have been a pastel shade drawing.
Realizing that the thumbprints would allow white spaces to show through the paint, I put a green wash of acrylic paint over the grassy areas and a blue wash over the area that was to be the sky and the water.