That Ethical, Sustainable Chocolate You Love? It May Be a Fraud

Read the full story at Alternet. Ten percent of products in the food and drink category are "adulterated or mislabeled," according to a new study by Ecovia Intelligence, an ethical product research firm. Seafood, parmesan cheese, Kobe beef, herbal tea—all of these products were investigated and outed as oft-disguised and mis-marketed in Larry Olmstead’s 2016 food fraud …

Is greenwashing silencing the sustainability revolution?

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Businesses that trumpet their environmental credentials are often accused of greenwash. Rightly, organizations such as WWF have to show that when we collaborate with a company that isn't getting everything right, it's because we believe we can change how it works to become better. But there may be another …

FTC Says Retailers Are ‘Bamboozling’ Shoppers With Fake Bamboo Fabrics

Read the full story in AdWeek. Earlier today, the Federal Trade Commission announced complaints against four major retailers—Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Backcountry.com—with civil penalties totaling $1.3 million. The offense? Marketing bamboo products that aren't made of bamboo.

Exxon Mobil Investigated in New York Over Possible Lies on Climate

Read the full story in the New York Times. The New York attorney general has begun a sweeping investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business. According to people with knowledge of …

FTC says firm’s biodegradable claims ‘false’

Read the full story in Plastics News. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has ruled against an Ohio-based plastics film maker, calling ECM BioFilms Inc.’s claims that its product is biodegradable “false and unsubstantiated.” The FTC ruling overturns an administrative law judge’s decision in January that ECM’s MasterBatch Pellets cause plastics to biodegrade and that such …