How Green Is My Carpet?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Are carpets safe? It depends on the person, on the carpet and on how you look after it. What’s in a carpet? Traditional or antique carpets may be made of wool, silk, cotton or other natural fibres; some use vegetable or mushroom-based colours...

Is It Easy Being “Green”? The FTC Pursues Enforcement Actions Regulating “Green” Marketing Claims

As consumers increasingly look for, and are willing to pay a premium for, environmentally friendly products, companies are increasingly seeking to capitalize on this market demand by making green marketing claims about products and packaging. Green marketing claims are regulated by the Federal Trade...

FTC Issues Final Order Settling Misleading Biodegradability Claims

In another demonstration of its renewed focus on “green claims” following the FTC’s 2013 Green Guides revision, the FTC announced that it settled with American Plastic Manufacturing, Inc. allegations that the company made false biodegradability claims for its products. The settlement...

FTC Warns Plastic Bag Companies about Oxodegradable Claims

Continuing its focus on environmental claims, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has written to 15 producers of plastic bags warning that “oxodegradable” and “oxo-biodegradable” claims may be deceptive and asking for confirmation that the claims will be withdrawn or that competent...