Under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the FTC can take action against deceptive claims, which then can lead to FTC orders which prohibit deceptive marketing. Fines can be issued if these orders are later violated.
In order to help manufacturers protect themselves from the pitfalls of using falsified, or deceptive, environmental claims, the FTC Green Guides note the following:
* Disclaimers cannot fix unsubstantiated claims.
* Implied claims and visual images are subject to challenge.
* The entire context of the claim, including connotations, should be considered.
* For reasonable interpretation of the claim, the target audience should be considered.
In the beginning of October, the FTC issued the revised Green Guides, which include new sections on the use of carbon offsets, green certifications and seals, renewable energy and renewable materials claims.
"During her presentation, Deanya Kueckelhan shared with attendees that the AAMA Fall Conference was the first public presentation by the FTC since the new Green Guides were released," says Rich Walker, AAMA's president and CEO. "We are honored to be the first group to hear more about the final version of the Green Guides directly from a representative of the FTC."