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Websites • Complying with the Environmental Marketing Guides The Federal Trade Commission issued its “Environmental Guides,” often referred to as the “Green Guides,” in 1992 and were revised 1996 and 1998. The guides indicate how FTC will apply Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices, to environmental marketing claims. • Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims This link is to the full text of regulations on environmental marketing claims issued by the FTC under 16 CFR 260. Documents Federal Trade Commission Proposes Revised “Green Guides” (Oct. 6, 2010) FTC proposed changes to its “Green Guides” include new guidance on marketers’ use of product certifications and seals of approval, claims of renewable energy use, claims of renewable materials use, and carbon offset claims. Revisions also caution marketers not to make blanket, general claims that a product is “environmentally friendly” or use unqualified certifications or seals of approval. Marketers also are advised how consumers likely are to understand certain environmental claims. (See Related Story in World Climate Change Report-Subscriber Access) Sorting Out “Green” Advertising Claims This fact sheet is intended to help consumers sort out “green” advertising claims. In general, FTC tells consumers to look for specific information when evaluating environmental claims in advertising and on product labels and determine whether the claims apply to the product, the packaging, or both. FTC Final Rule on Energy Labels for Television Sets A final rule issued by the Federal Trade Commission amending the Appliance Labeling Rule that will require the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide label on televisions manufactured after May 10, 2011. The label will provide consumers with more information about different models and how much energy is used by those models, facilitating side-by-side comparisons. The labels already are required for many home appliances, including washing machines and refrigerators. (See Related Story in World Climate Change Report-Subscriber Access)