Bonn, Germany--Though predictions are plentiful, no one really knows exactly how much time we have to curtail the effects of climate change. The timetable with regard to climate policy, however, is set: the commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol will expire at the end of 2012.
As products of all kinds make their way from manufacturing facilities to store shelves, their shipping pallets are typically wrapped and unwrapped on several occasions, with acres of plastic stretch wrap getting discarded each time.
Self-interest can be a driving factor behind the success of eco-friendly household products. That’s because beyond the sustainable, earth-friendly ideals they represent, the products in this segment also serve to address issues of personal health.
Entrepreneurs and environmentalists alike have been scratching their heads for years, trying to think up ways to help the planet that are economically viable at the same time. The utility bill from a regional electricity provider might be the last place we’d think to look for an answer, but that’s just where you can find a new, effective green trend taking root these days.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been mighty busy lately. WholeFoods reports in this issue about their legal square-offs against companies like POM Wonderful over contentious marketing claims. The agency is also finding time to set its sights on all the “greenwashers” out there in marketing land. “Greenwashing” is a term some use to describe marketing efforts that exploit the eco-friendly trend, even when the product being marketed may not be so eco-friendly.