June 4, 2013
by Sasha Lyutse
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Foxes guarding the henhouse; why “self-certification” in the biomass industry threatens our forests

Sasha Lyutse, Policy Analyst, New York
You know what happens when the fox is left to guard the henhouse. Unfortunately, the emerging trans-Atlantic biomass energy industry—in which power companies like Drax Power and Dominion Reso… Continue reading

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November 7, 2011
by Reduce
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Calif. Files Suit Over Biodegradable Plastic Bottles

  Balance and AquaMantra, both makers of bottled water, tout their plastic water bottles as 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable, but the State of California is taking issue with these assertions. Late last month, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against the two bottled water companies and their bottle supplier, ENSO Plastics, charging [...] Continue reading

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October 8, 2010
by Reduce
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What Will FTC’s Revised ‘Green Guides’ Mean for Consumers?

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its first revision of its Green Guides since 1998. The revised Guides address how environmental marketing claims can be used on products and their advertising, and were created to protect consumers from misleading claims. “In short, for many products, confusion abounds – we don’t always get what [...] Continue reading

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August 10, 2010
by Reduce
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Whole Foods Compostable Packaging Really Is…Compostable!

While several manufacturers tout that their packaging is “compostable” or “biodegradable,” many consumers are still unaware that these terms come with very specific fine print.
Most at-home composts do not produce the temperature needed to fully break down these types of packaging, and studies show that biodegrable items generally do not break down in a landfill [...] Continue reading

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