Laundry soaps – is less more green? Jordanians Concentrate for the Environment

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Jordan is cleaning up its act, at least in terms of laundry detergent, with a project entitled Concentrate for the Environment.  The voluntary, industry-led initiative aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of powdered laundry soap. Seems the soap industry excels at greenwashing; this looks like corporate cost-shaving spun into environmental (fool’s) gold.

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Foster & Partners Used to be so Green. What the Bleep Happened?

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This Foster & Partner’s project completed in 2004 is green and deeply respectful of its environment – why did they change their design approach?  In 2004, Foster & Partners completed this gorgeous Chesa Futura apartment building in Switzerland using a combination of modern modeling tools and ancient construction techniques. Situated on the edge of a […]

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Greenwash Alert: Shell To Fund Environmental Education In Jordan

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A Jordanian oil shale company owned by Shell is funding university courses on the environment As a global oil and gas company, Shell has a murky history not just environmentally but politically. Yesterday we commemorated the death of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa who was murdered for his campaigns against oil companies – and particularly Shell […]

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Apply Now for Ford & UNESCO’s $100,000 Enviro-Grants

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Ford offers up another $100,000 to get green initiatives in the Gulf and Levant rolling. Applications are due 10 September, 2011. After writing a visceral post about environmental organizations that accept money from large corporations, in protest of greenwashing, Arwa interviewed the Emirates Diving Association, who explained their decision to accept $10,000 from Ford. One […]

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Dead Sea Works Tries to Convince Public That It Is Not Responsible for Decreasing Water Levels

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The Dead Sea Works would have the public believe that it is saving – not destroying – the Dead Sea. Greenwashing campaigns have become abundant in recent years as the green trend has been growing in popularity.  With greater environmental awareness among the public over the past decade or so, businesses attempt to attract positive […]

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“We Are Not A PR Stunt” – Marine Protection Organisation On Corporate Sponsorship

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We speak to the Emirates Diving Association about why they accepted funding from the gas-guzzling car manufacturer Ford Motors The Emirates Diving Association (EDA) based in Dubai has been working hard over the last couple of years to protect the marine environment, collect data to track changes in coral reefs in the United Arab Emirates […]

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How Do You Stop Greenwashing in the Middle East? Wael Hmaidan Says Train Better Activists,

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We speak to the Lebanese eco-campaigner Wael Hmaidan about corporate funding of green organisations in the Middle East and finding solutions In a previous post, I posed some questions about green groups in the Middle East receiving funding from not-so-green corporations. Is it a good thing if they are working together to protect nature? Or […]

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Should Green Organisations Accept Sponsorship From Big Bad Corporations?

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From climate events to marine conservation projects, it seems that green organisations in the Middle East are happy to take money from not-so-green corporations It goes something like this. A green organisation is set up with the good intentions of sorting out some environmental injustice be it pollution or marine destruction. That green and very […]

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Rawabi: Palestine’s Greenest City, or Greenest Wash?

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Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry threatens to enforce their will in Palestinian territory, where the plans for Rawabi are not as green as Palestinian/Qatari developers profess. Israel’s excess extraction from the Jordan River (as well as other factors) could soon kill it altogether with serious ramifications for Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians. There is no question that one […]

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