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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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Canterbury Coffee Develops 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod

Canterbury Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster based in Richmond, British Columbia, has developed what it says is a 92 percent biodegradable single-serve coffee cup. Waste & Recycling News reports that Canterbury’s sustainable coffee cup is similar to Keurig’s K-Cup, but has 40 percent less plastic. The OneCoffee cup is made … Read more »

Amazon, Macy’s, Sears Settle with FTC over Bamboo Claims

Amazon, Leon Max, Macy’s and Sears – and Sears’ Kmart subsidiaries – have agreed to pay $1.26 million in penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges the retailers misled customers by selling rayon fabrics labeled as made from bamboo fiber. Sears will pay $475,000, Amazon $455,000, Macy’s $250,000 and Leon … 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 »

FTC’s Revised Green Guides Target Carbon Offset Claims

Marketers should not make broad, unqualified general environmental benefit claims about a product being green or eco-friendly, and should have reliable scientific evidence to support carbon offset claims, cautions the Federal Trade Commission’s Revised Green Guides. The revisions to the FTC’s Green Guides, two years in the making, reflect a … Read more »