Policies & Issues

The FTC Wants Your Input on Revising Its ‘Green Guides’

Policies & IssuesJan 05, 2023

The FTC Wants Your Input on Revising Its ‘Green Guides’

Created to regulate environmental marketing claims and combat “greenwashing,” the guides are being updated for the first time since 2012.

From now through Feb. 21, the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, a.k.a. the “Green Guides,” are open for public comment. The commission is looking for input on terms like “recycled,” “sustainable,” and “energy efficient.”
Washington, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission is currently seeking public comment on potential changes to its “Green Guides,” the set of guidelines that outline what companies can and can’t say when making claims in their marketing about how “eco-friendly” they are. 
 
First issued in 1992 and revised three times since—in 1996, 1998, and 2012—the Green Guides, like the recently revised Jewelry Guides, provide companies with guidelines for using certain terms in their marketing, such as “recycled content,” “renewable energy,” and “carbon offsets.” 
 
They also outline how consumers are likely to interpret such claims and how marketers can back them up.  
 
The commission is revising the Green Guides now because of increasing consumer interest in buying environmentally friendly products and the increasing amount of so-called greenwashing—the practice of using unsubstantiated claims in marketing to make a company or product seem more “environmentally friendly” than it actually is.  
 
“Walk down the aisle at any major store—you’re likely to see packages trumpeting [businesses’] low carbon footprint, their energy efficiency, or their quote-unquote ‘sustainability,’” FTC Chair Lina Khan said. 
 
“For the average consumer, it’s impossible to verify these claims. People who want to buy green products generally have to trust what it says on the box. That’s why it’s so important for companies making these claims to tell the truth. If they don’t, it distorts the market for environmentally friendly products. It puts honest companies, who bear the costs of green business practices, at a competitive disadvantage.”
 
 Related stories will be right here … 
 
The commission voted 4-0 on Dec. 14 to open the public comment period on the Green Guides. It will remain open through Feb. 21. 
 
Comments can be submitted via the Federal Register while a PDF of the current Green Guides is available here.

The FTC said it is asking for general comments on the continuing need for the guides as well their economic impact and effect on the accuracy of companies’ environmental claims.  
 
It also wants to hear from consumers about how they perceive environmental claims, including any that aren’t currently in the guides. 
 
The FTC said it expects to get a lot of comments on carbon offsets and climate change and the use of words including “recyclable,” “recycled content,” and “sustainable,” as well as terms used regarding energy use and energy efficiency.
 

The Latest

Supplier BulletinJan 26, 2023
JA New York Spring Brings the Industry Together

For over 100 years, JA New York has played an integral role in facilitating the evolution of our industry, while also honoring past traditions.

TrendsJan 26, 2023
At Vicenzaoro, Paola De Luca Gazes Into Jewelry’s Future

The trend forecaster and her guests explored unconventional jewelry designs, NFTs, AI art, and more during her Trendvision presentation.

CollectionsJan 26, 2023
NDC and Lorraine Schwartz Announce New ‘EDDI’ Class

The Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative provides diamond credit and mentorship to young brands helmed by BIPOC designers.

Brought to you by
Bringing Over 130 Years of Diamond Expertise to Modern Grading

De Beers Institute of Diamonds provides the very best in diamond verification, education and diamond services.

IndependentsJan 26, 2023
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Set to Open 10th Store

It will be located in San Antonio’s Alamo Quarry Market and will be Lee Michaels’ third location in the city.

Weekly QuizJan 26, 2023
This Week’s Quiz
Test your jewelry news knowledge with this short test.
Take the Quiz
WatchesJan 25, 2023
These Were 2022’s Top-Selling Watch Brands, Chrono24 Says

Rolex remained No. 1 while a brand known for its pilot watches slipped into the No. 5 spot.

MajorsJan 25, 2023
John Hardy Names New CEO

Luxury retail executive Frédéric Levy has taken on the role.

Brought to you by
De Beers Institute of Diamonds Expands to Offer Education

De Beers is sharing over 130 years of experience and expertise through the De Beers Institute of Diamonds with a selection of courses.

Events & AwardsJan 25, 2023
Couture DAC Accepting Applications for Mentorship Program

Jewelry designers have until early February to apply to take part in Couture's Diversity Action Council program.

CollectionsJan 25, 2023
Stephanie Gottlieb Announces First President, CCO Hire

Morgan P. Richardson joins from La Perla.

SourcingJan 24, 2023
Tiffany Buys 35 of the Last Diamonds Recovered From Argyle

Purchased directly from Rio Tinto, the collection consists of pinks, purples and one red, none larger than 1.52 carats.

ColumnistsJan 24, 2023
On Data: Here’s How Independent Jewelers Did in 2022

Sherry Smith breaks down retailers’ performance last year, including how natural diamonds fared vs. lab-grown.

GradingJan 24, 2023
GIA and AGS Launch Diamond Light Performance Supplement Report

The AGS Ideal Report by GIA is a digital-only addition to GIA diamond reports.

MajorsJan 24, 2023
WJA Announces New International Board Members

The seven newcomers include executives from David Yurman, De Beers, and GIA.

EditorsJan 23, 2023
Designers to Watch in 2023: Aurelia Demark

The designer finds the modernity in classic motifs and family heirloom jewels.

Policies & IssuesJan 23, 2023
Melanie Grant Named Executive Director of RJC

She has more than 20 years’ experience in watches and jewelry, and says sustainability is the “greatest single issue” facing the industry.

Policies & IssuesJan 23, 2023
AGTA Forms Committee to Standardize Industry ‘Sustainability’ Terms

Its focus are words like “sustainability,” “ethics,” and “responsible sourcing.”

IndependentsJan 23, 2023
10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

Another “Designer to Watch” and Kim Kardashian’s auction purchase were among our most-read stories.

MajorsJan 20, 2023
Quality Gold Acquires Herco

Herco President Reuven Itelman is retiring and selling the company, which will relocate to Ohio from California.

Lab-GrownJan 20, 2023
Siobhán Duffy Promoted to Chief Executive of Element Six

She was previously the executive director of sales and marketing for the De Beers Group-owned company.

TrendsJan 20, 2023
Piece of the Week: Loquet London’s Lunar New Year Charm

It’s from a new collection of charms designed to go in the brand’s signature lockets.

IndependentsJan 20, 2023
Edge Retail Academy Announces Annual Award Winner

Lonnie Iannazzo of Vincent Anthony Jewelers is the 2022 William (Wag) Wagner Business Excellence Award recipient.

Lab-GrownJan 19, 2023
GIA Rolls Out Less Expensive Report for Lab-Grown Diamonds

The revised Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report-Dossier still includes the four Cs but doesn’t list growth method or post-growth treatments.

SurveysJan 19, 2023
Inflation, Rising Interest Rates Put a Damper on Holiday Sales

Holiday sales fell short of the National Retail Federation’s expectations, rising only 5 percent year-over-year.

AuctionsJan 19, 2023
Kim Kardashian Bought Princess Diana’s Amethyst Cross

The businesswoman and reality TV star paid nearly $200,000 for the “Attallah Cross.”

MajorsJan 19, 2023
Signet Names New Jared President as Executive Shuffle Continues

Luxury retail veteran Claudia Cividino has stepped into the role.

EditorsJan 18, 2023
Designers to Watch in 2023: Dyne

Designer Sarah Narici has created the most compelling jewelry personalization in recent years, writes Senior Editor Ashley Davis.

×

This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy