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Bamboo Blend Napkins

FTC Fines Major Retailers $1.3M for Misleading Environmental Claims

Retailers Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, JC Penney and Backcountry.com have been fined $1.3 million by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading environmental claims. Under the court order settling the FTC’s charges, the four companies are barred from labeling and advertising rayon textiles as made of bamboo and will pay … Read more »

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SPC Calls Biodegradability Additives’ Claims ‘Misleading Marketing’

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has taken a stand against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics, which are marketed as enhancing the sustainability of plastic by rendering the material biodegradable. The SPC’s formal position paper follows the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims, including five enforcement … Read more »

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FTC Ruling ‘Bans Biodegradable’ on Products, ECM Biofilms Says

The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that ECM BioFilms acted deceptively by making false and unsubstantiated environmental claims by saying its product is biodegradable. ECM BioFilms claimed its product, a chemical additive, would make treated plastics biodegrade in a landfill within nine months to five years. The FTC’s final order … Read more »

ECM BioFilms

Judge Upholds Biodegradable Plastics Claim

A judge has ruled that ECM BioFilms’ biodegradable plastics claim is supported by scientific evidence. In his Jan. 28 decision, Federal Trade Commission chief administrative law judge D. Michael Chappell rejected the FTC’s challenge to ECM’s claim that its plastics additive, ECM MasterBatch Pellets, causes plastics to biodegrade. He also … Read more »

plastic bags

FTC Biodegradable Claim Smackdown Continues

The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 15 marketers of “oxodegradable” plastic waste bags that their eco-claims may be deceptive. The FTC hasn’t released the names of the 15 companies. Most waste bags are intended to be deposited in landfills, where not enough oxygen likely exists for oxodegradable bags … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FTC Order, Food Chemicals, German Renewables Cap

The Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp. misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and recyclability of its products. The order relates to claims about N.E.W.’s Evolve and Trimax plastic lumber products, and requires the company to tell its … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP’s Latest Spill, Rare Earths, NESHAP

The EPA is investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act following BP’s crude oil spill into Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Ind., refinery. BP today more than doubled its estimate of the maximum amount spilled, to 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons. The EPA said the spill likely poses no long-term risk … Read more »

gDiapers

FTC Slaps Diaper Company for False Biodegradability Claims

Baby products company gDiapers has made false or misleading claims about how its diapers and wipes decompose, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The gDiapers diaper system consists of two pieces: the reusable outer shall, called gPants, and the inner liner, either a disposable pad (gRefills) or a reusable cloth … Read more »

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FTC Cracks Down on Companies’ False Biodegradable Plastics Claims

The US Federal Trade Commission has taken action against six companies — ECM Biofilms, American Plastic Manufacturing, Champ, Clear Choice Housewares, Carnie Cap and AJM Packaging — for making false environmental marketing claims. Of the six, one imposes a $450,000 civil penalty and five for the first time address deceptive … Read more »

WIST

WIST Offers Packaging Compostability Testing

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology has developed a test that determines how well packaging decomposes under industrial composting conditions. The new service will help manufacturers meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging materials, WIST says. WIST’s testing protocol determines whether materials meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 standards for compostability. … Read more »

Plastics Industry Warns FTC’s Green Guides Could Cause Confusion

The Plastics Environmental Council has praised the FTC’s revised Green Guidelines, a set of standards to ensure environmental claims made about products are truthful, but warned that one rule over biodegradability has caused confusion within the industry. The FTC issued its Green Guides on October 1 after spending two years … Read more »