greenwashing


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green·wash·ing

 (grēn′wŏsh′ĭng, -wôsh′-)
n.
The dissemination of misleading information that conceals abuse of the environment in order to present a positive public image.

[green + -washing (as in brainwashing whitewashing).]

green′washed′ adj.

greenwashing

The practice of encouraging potential investors or customers to believe that a company has environmentally friendly practices, especially when these are seemingly contradictory to that company’s core business. An example might be environmental programs or initiatives launched by an oil company.
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Yet the industry is also the subject of fierce criticism, particularly among environmentalists, who see it as a highly unethical form of greenwashing.
This greenwashing caucus wont provide Congressional Republicans with the political cover they want until they actually vote to protect the environment, take on the fossil fuel industry, and tackle the climate crisis.
It's the job of political leaders, investors, financiers, the Climate Bonds Initiative and others to keep their eyes open and not fall for the greenwashing. And, at minimum, the industry can commit--at an event co-hosted by UNESCO--to avoiding projects that threaten World Heritage Sites.
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The Institution is calling on the government to support the development of more environmentally-friendly fibres and fibre-recycling technologies, and to tackle 'greenwashing'--when companies make false claims of sustainability.
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