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Greenwashing Marketing and Sustainable Future

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  • 1. Greenwashing and the Green Realities
    • We hear more and more talk about the importance of being green.but what does this mean for us as individuals, businesses and countries.
  • Given the realities of finite resources and environmental damage, we must look at the correct use of sustainable practices (personally, commercially and politically), to create opportunity and better the world we inhabit.
  • And we must learn to differentiate greenwashing from true sustainable practice.

Barry Walsh of 2. Why is Sustainability important ? - there are 6 billion of us - resources are finite and damage is being done - there are huge opportunities in a huge market, whichis especially important now. - there isnt a choice anymore! First I will briefly deal with the situation at hand, then we shall go to greenwashing and its ills. Finally, to see the forest from the trees, (no pun intended) I shall return to the greenwashing of sustainable energy in Ireland/UK, and whats really needed. 3. 4. 5. 6. There is additional another issue.

  • Fossil fuel energy is running out and there is no magic bullet!
  • Fossil fuels will get increasingly more expensive, as developing countries increase demand, and fossil fuels are needed to manufacture goods as well as for energy.
  • We need to be independent of energy imports, (we are currently one of the most dependent countries in the world on imported energy)!In 2007, 96% of all energy used in Ireland was imported.

7. 8. 9. What is wrong with this?

  • 2% renewables and measures like wind powered bike lights are insignificant.
  • If we all just do a bit, then we only achieve a bit!
  • Its like using a teaspoon to try to bail out the Titanic, which brings us to something which many companies, (and governments) of today are guilty of

10. Greenwashing What? Why? Why not? And how to avoid it 11. What is Greenwashing? 12.

  • Greenwash (grn'wsh', -wsh')verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.


  • 1 Greenwash ismisleadingthe public by stressing environmental credentials of a person, a product or an organization when these are unfounded or irrelevant


  • 2 Greenwash is an environmental claim which is unsubstantiated (a fib) or irrelevant (a distraction)


  • 3Its greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be green through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.

16. Why doesgreenwashing happen? 17. It depends on how you look at it, But reasons are positive 18.

  • 1 changing buying patterns in consumer markets



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  • They are all high-educated, involved, active, merely urban, double income, early-adapting, ...And marketers are starving to get them

22. Green is anew sort of good manners 23. Green isfashionable, delivers cool and social status 24. 25. 26. There is greenwashing, becauseweve passed a tipping point.Which is good 27.

  • 2 Our education: were motivated to tell the storyin the most beautiful way

28. Isnt this how you would think of advertising milk? 29. The risk is that same can happenwith greenvertising. Sometimes we cannot blame ourselves Making things look nice is our nature 30. 31. Why all the fuss? Why is that so bad? 32.

  • More complaints against advertising
  • Undermining confidence in advertising
  • Sabotage of environmental movement in business
  • HonestlyIt is simply annoying
  • Bad press attention
  • And last but not least


  • You dont want this kind of circus
  • on your doorstep

34. 2 ways you canavoid greenwashing 35.

  • 1 Stick to the MAIN PRINCIPLE of Greenvertising:
  • Green Marketing is not about making
  • normal things seem green (greenwashing),
  • it is about making green stuff normal

36. Organic and ethical was almost exclusively a value add proposition in the boom years. But this luxury positioning is very much at odds with the new mood of austerity and the pragmatic need for frugality. 37. Whats important totodays C onsumers?(and the emerging idea of Non-sumers) - Proactively buying less - Living small, compact and without wastefulness - Thinking ethical, all the way through the chain - Rejecting unnecessary products, embracing experiences - Expressing self through what they do, not what they have - Being part of global communities of like-minded people - Crusading for change through how they behave and what they buy 38. 39.

  • 2 Be aware of the
  • seven sins of Greenwashing:

40. Cut out and keep

  • The sin of suggestive pictures
  • The sin of the hidden trade off
  • The sin of no proof
  • The sin of vagueness
  • The sin of irrelevance
  • The sin of lesser of two evils
  • The sin of fibbing

41. 1 The sin of suggestive pictures:

  • Green images that indicate a (un-justified) green impact,
  • like flowers blooming from exhaust pipes

42. 2The sin of the hidden trade off:

  • Suggestion of being Green, based on a single environmental attribute, while blurring all other parameters which are maybe more important,like a Hummer that is claiming that it is a Hybrid

43. 3 The sin of no proof

  • Claims that could be right, but are not supported by any evidence, or by any reliable third-
  • party certification,like Household lamps that promote their energy efficiency without any supporting figures or certification.

44. 4The sin of vagueness

  • Claims that are expressed with fluffy language with no clear meaning ,
  • like planet-friendly packaging

45. 5The sin of irrelevance

  • environmental claims that are redundantand unimportant for customers
  • seeking environmentally preferable products. It
  • is irrelevant and therefore distracts the
  • consumer from finding a truly greener option.
  • Like unleaded fuel (all fuel in Europe is unleaded

46. 6 The sin of lesser of two evils

  • These are green claims that may be true within
  • the product category, but that risk
  • distracting the consumer from the greater
  • Health- or other negative
  • impacts of the category as a whole
  • Like organic cigarettes

47. 7 The sin of fibbing

  • out-right lying, and produce
  • totally fabricated claims or data
  • Like driving climate neutral

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  • A little bit of recent government Greenwashing
  • - Headline Wind farms break 1,000MW barriersupplying 33% of Irelands power !
  • This was a short term high wind, low demand situation during a single day!!
  • - In reality,the amount of powercapacity togenerate fromwindin Irelandis about 9%, (and totals 11% if you include hydro and biomass), and is generally lower than this on a day-to-day basis.

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  • Hence, there are huge opportunities in both
  • : the creation of products that tie in with new more ethical, (and frugal) lifestyles,
  • : and the vast unfixed problem of energy generation!
  • Sources/ Interesting reads:
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  • JOHN GRANT; The Green Marketing Manifesto
  • BOB WILLARD; The Next Sustainability Wave
  • Trendwatching: Nonsumers, Transumers and Minipreneurs
  • Also David Mackays Sustainability without the Hot Air
  • The Greenwash Guide:

64. Thanks for listening!!!

  • Any questions..
  • Barry Walsh
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