Green Advertising Law
Green advertising is clearly one of the hottest topics today. Individuals are rightly concerned about the fate of our planet. Environmental organizations like The Nature Conservancy are taking steps to address such issues as destruction of habitat, the insidious - and vastly under-reported and underestimated - problem of invasive species, and other major environmental problems.
Where government has failed, many businesses are increasingly getting into the act and offering "green" alternatives, like the Toyota Prius, green home environmental products, organic and natural personal care products, environmentally preferable building products, and other green products and services.
Today, green advertising claims abound in both the traditional media (i.e., broadcast and print) and the new media (web sites, streaming audio and video, e-mail, DVDs and CD-ROMs). Moreover, you can expect to see increasing numbers of green advertising claims in the future in such new media venues as virtual reality environments, the integration of digital data with the telephone - such as Internet telephony - and mobile computing.The question arises as to the legal structure that will cope with this coming explosion of green advertising. Advertisers need to know what is required for such ads before they prepare them. That is what this web site is dedicated to do - provide guidance and insight to advertisers as they prepare their green ads. A good starting point is the article, "10 Ways to Avoid Making Suspect Green Advertising Claims".
You should be aware that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the key federal agency in the advertising law area. Under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, FTC regulates unfair or deceptive advertising nationally. FTC has been interested in this area for quite some time as evidenced by its issuance of guidelines on green advertising back in May 2000. Called Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides, the publication containing these guides provides the FTC Staff's view of the law's requirements. It does not have the force of law and is not binding on the Commission. Nevertheless, it is important that you become conversant with these green guides.
Our Green Commercials page takes a look at some recent examples of interesting and effective "green" advertising campaigns. These examples demonstrate how advertisers and their advertising agencies are using the green theme to market their products and services.
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This is a critical time in the fate of the environment. The devastation in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011 illustrate what happens when we abdicate our responsiblity to be caretakers of this planet. Both stories were - and are - under-reported by the media. And both disasters devastate the environment, affecting people and wildlife to a profound degree. For example, the cleanup at Fukushima will likely take decades and it is still unknown whether the cleanup efforts will actually "work".
The devastating and ongoing impacts of these devastating environmental disasters are being minimized and glossed over by most of the media. There are, notwithstanding, a multitude of articles and information about this, and other environmental concerns on this website and on the Net. Our focus on this site is on how advertisers are responding to the growing body of green advertising law.
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Habitat Loss. You will find an excellent discussion on this page of this crucial environmental issue. The overwhelming focus of the media on "global warming" or "climate change" has clearly taken the focus off of habitat loss in the U.S. and the world. And that is tragic. This article notes that habitat loss—"due to destruction, fragmentation or degradation of habitat—is the primary threat to the survival of wildlife in the United States."
Invasive species This website has a wealth of information on this important environmental problem. You will find news, statistics, links, and more about the growing threat of invasive species.
Endangered Species. This World Wildlife Federation web page lists endangered species and their conservation status.
This web page lists some of the most important environmental organizations in the world.