greenwash

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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?

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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His only noteworthy reach across the aisle was an apparent green-wash effort partnering with a Democratic colleague to join the Climate Solutions Caucus while simultaneously voting for a measure to prevent the government from funding any such solutions.
"This is not green-wash or marketing hype - this meat really is from animals that have been at pasture for life.
Contrary to your claim, we are not happy with biomass plants--this is a con for corporate industries to green-wash themselves--and we are not stupid.
"The original intent behind certification bodies was probably good, giving credibility to genuine green products against green-wash products," she maintained.
As well as the ability to communicate across the web platform with other industry leaders, case studies of energy efficient retrofits and developments, research papers and policy overviews were also highlighted as key tools to develop a clear business case for energy efficiency and address those issues that until now have been lost in "green-wash and geek-speak!".
Lindsey Parnell, president and CEO, InterfaceFLOR Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, said, "We live in an age of green-wash, where over-claims and manipulation of the facts have blurred the lines between truth and hype.The only solution, we believe, is complete transparency."
"There is a renewed emphasis on sustainability, if anything, but it is not the kind of green-wash, high-profile, throw-money-at-it-and-brand-it-as-green that things had been trending toward."
Some of the effects of global warming can now only be mitigated, but to prevent the absolute worst from happening, citizens of the affluent world have to do more than green-wash their homes and domestic industries.
The eight-year-old led home an Irish 'green-wash' in chasing's Blue Riband in 2006 but has met with defeat on each of his last three starts, including when third to The Listener in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
This all sounds like a bad case of green-wash to Brewster Kneen.
Although some environmental groups deride these reports as "green-wash," others like the reports for their plain-English explanation of the company's environmental efforts, which isn't readily available elsewhere.
She suggested that companies would do better to admit failures rather than green-wash, "as long as they're reporting on a true intention of improving and doing something about it later down the road." She added that "companies who aren't willing to share, they're the ones that really will get in trouble."
"We're careful not to green-wash ourselves to try to jump on a trend that's happening now, and make a blanket statement about ourselves in terms of our policies," Simonsen said.
The wood arrived as part of a reduced-impact logging (RIL) pilot program, a partnership between US corporate interests, USAID, and Indonesian timber barons, and is the latest marketing ploy to green-wash the sale of lauan, an endangered Indonesian hardwood also marketed in the US as meranti.
Some analysts complain that such reports are filled with "green-washed" public relations content.