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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 »

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 »

2012 Toyota Prius Plugin

Toyota Sues to Stop Mexico’s Proposed Fuel-Economy Program

Toyota, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) and four other individual car companies have filed lawsuits to block Mexico’s proposed fuel-economy mandates, Toyota tells Environmental Leader. In September, the court sided with Toyota and issued an injunction barring the federal government from proceeding with the proposed fuel economy regulations, NOM-163. … 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 »