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    1. Greenwashing What? Why? Why not? And how to avoid it
    2. What is Greenwashing?
    3. <ul><li> Green·wash (grēn'wŏsh', -wôsh') “verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.” </li></ul>
    4. <ul><li>1 Greenwash is misleading the public by stressing environmental credentials of a person, a product or an organization when these are unfounded or irrelevant </li></ul>
    5. <ul><li>2 Greenwash is an environmental claim which is unsubstantiated (a fib) or irrelevant (a distraction) </li></ul>
    6. <ul><li>3 It’s 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. </li></ul>
    7. Why does greenwashing happen?
    8. It depends on how you look at it, But reasons are positive
    9. <ul><li>1 changing buying patterns in consumer markets </li></ul>
    10. <ul><li>CFC FREE | ORGANIC | FREE RANGE | CRUELTY FREE | BIO | DOPLPHIN FRIENDLY | NON TOXIC | BIODEGRADABLE | RECYCLABLE | ECO | CARBON NEUTRAL | FSC | AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING | VEGAN | FAIRTRADE | LOCAL | OZONE FRIENDLY | CARBON OFFSET </li></ul>
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    12. <ul><li>CULTURAL CREATIVES | LOHAS | NEW WORLD’S | BLUE GREEN’S ... </li></ul><ul><li>They are all high-educated, involved, active, merely urban, double income, early-adapting, ... And marketers are starving to get them </li></ul>
    13. “ Green is a new sort of ‘ good manners’”
    14. “ Green is fashionable, delivers cool and social status”
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    17. There is greenwashing, because we’ve passed a tipping point. Which is good
    18. <ul><li>2 Our education: we’re motivated to tell the story in the most beautiful way </li></ul>
    19. Isn’t this how you would think of advertising milk?
    20. The risk is that same can happen with greenvertising. Sometimes we cannot blame ourselves Making things look nice is our nature
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    22. Why all the fuss? Why is that so bad?
    23. <ul><li>More complaints against advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Undermining confidence in advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Sabotage of environmental movement in business </li></ul><ul><li>Honestly…It is simply annoying </li></ul><ul><li>Bad press attention </li></ul><ul><li>And last but not least… </li></ul>
    24. <ul><li>You don’t want this kind of circus </li></ul><ul><li>on your doorstep </li></ul>
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    26. 2 ways you can avoid greenwashing
    27. <ul><li>1 Stick to the MAIN PRINCIPLE of Greenvertising: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green Marketing is not about making </li></ul><ul><li>normal things seem green (greenwashing), </li></ul><ul><li>it is about making green stuff seem normal” </li></ul>
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    29. <ul><li>2 Be aware of the </li></ul><ul><li>“ seven sins of Greenwashing”: </li></ul>
    30. Cut out and keep <ul><li>The sin of suggestive pictures </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of the hidden trade off </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of no proof </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of vagueness </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of irrelevance </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of lesser of two evils </li></ul><ul><li>The sin of fibbing </li></ul>
    31. 1 The sin of suggestive pictures: <ul><li>Green images that indicate a (un-justified) green impact, </li></ul><ul><li>like flowers blooming from exhaust pipes </li></ul>
    32. 2 The sin of the hidden trade off: <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    33. 3 The sin of no proof <ul><li>Claims that could be right, but are not supported by any evidence, or by any reliable third- </li></ul><ul><li>party certification, like Household lamps that promote their energy efficiency without any supporting figures or certification. </li></ul>
    34. 4 The sin of vagueness <ul><li>Claims that are expressed with fluffy language with no clear meaning , </li></ul><ul><li> like ‘planet-friendly’ packaging </li></ul>
    35. 5 The sin of irrelevance <ul><li>environmental claims that are redundantand unimportant for customers </li></ul><ul><li>seeking environmentally preferable products. It </li></ul><ul><li>is irrelevant and therefore distracts the </li></ul><ul><li>consumer from finding a truly greener option. </li></ul><ul><li>Like ‘unleaded fuel (all fuel in Europe is unleaded </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
    36. 6 The sin of lesser of two evils <ul><li>These are “green” claims that may be true within </li></ul><ul><li>the product category, but that risk </li></ul><ul><li>distracting the consumer from the greater </li></ul><ul><li>Health- or other negative </li></ul><ul><li>impacts of the category as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Like organic cigarettes </li></ul>
    37. 7 The sin of fibbing <ul><li>out-right lying, and produce </li></ul><ul><li>totally fabricated claims or data </li></ul><ul><li>Like driving climate neutral </li></ul>
    38. <ul><li>Let’s get to practice: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Find me 5 sins of Greenwashing in this ad” </li></ul>
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    40. <ul><li>“ Find me 5 good practices in this ad” </li></ul>
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    42. <ul><li>Sources/ Interesting reads: </li></ul><ul><li>JOHN GRANT; “The Green Marketing Manifesto” </li></ul><ul><li>BOB WILLARD; The next sustainability wave </li></ul><ul><li>- The Greenwash Guide: terrachoice.com </li></ul>
    43. <ul><li>Inspiration for Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing: check </li></ul><ul><li>poopoopaper.com </li></ul>
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    45. <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to be </li></ul><ul><li>perfect to do good </li></ul>
    46. <ul><li>TAPAS!!! </li></ul>
    47. <ul><li>Thanks for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>Mail me: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Read my Green Marketing blog: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// cause-encounters.blogspot.com </li></ul>

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