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greenwash

1. verb To make illegally-obtained money appear to have come from legal channels; to launder money. This isn't a foolproof plan, Jack—eventually, someone is going to catch you greenwashing.
2. noun Activities undertaken by an organization or company so that it appears more environmentally conscious. Is this "recycled content" label legit, or is it just greenwash?
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greenwash

tv. to launder money; to obliterate the illegal sources of money by moving it through a variety of financial institutions. (Underworld.) It was shown in court that the mayor had been involved in greenwashing some of the bribe money.
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Though the advent of formal certification processes like LEED has cut back instances of out-and-out fraud, green-washing has no doubt devalued the currency of the term "green" and often obscures more complex conceptual problems.
THE WORD ECOTOURISM has been bandied about in a variety of ways, with many hotels, properties, and packages green-washing themselves in an attempt to come across as ecologically friendly.
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While the conversation about subjects such as global warming and fossil fuels is on the wane among sustainability bloggers, hot topics include renewable energy/ alternative fuels, packaging/plastics, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), simple living, Energy Star, corporate responsibility and green-washing (1).
However, to fall in with the green-washing politicians are attempting (because they can't solve crime or world economic problems so they try to claim they are saving the planet) helped by lazy journalism is simply not on.
Unlike other schemes, organisations take action by cutting carbon across operations and in their supply chain, rather than paying others to reduce via off-setting - green-washing - which is only seen as credible by one in-10 consumer respondents in a Carbon Trust study.
Unlike other award schemes, organisations take action themselves by cutting carbon across their own operations and in their supply chain, rather than paying others to reduce via offsetting - a practice known as "green-washing" which is only seen as credible by one-in-10 consumer respondents in a recent Carbon Trust study.
Competing for top honors were green as a prefix or compounding form (e.g., green-washing); Facebook (all parts of speech); waterboarding, and googleganger.