Two Sides U.S. educational campaign successfully corrects greenwashing related to print and paper products
Submitted by: Two Sides U.S., Inc.
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 – 10:10 AM EST
CHICAGO, Jan. 21 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwire) - Today, Two Sides U.S., Inc. announced that over 20 leading U.S. companies have removed their "anti-paper" green claims being used to promote electronic billing and other e-services as a more environmentally-friendly solution than paper. These companies are primarily top Fortune 500 organizations in the banking, utilities and telecommunications sectors.
"We are very pleased with the success of our campaign to date because most companies are responding positively to our concerns and our offer to work with them in developing messaging that meets the U.S. FTC Green Guides for environmental marketing," said Two Sides President Phil Riebel. "The goal is to put an end to unsubstantiated and misleading claims that electronic communications are more environmentally friendly than print and paper. We have no desire to cause unnecessary negative publicity for companies or to undermine their reasons for driving customers toward e-billing, but claims that print and paper are environmentally unfriendly need to stop. Rather than call these respected companies out publicly with greenwashing complaints, we are working with them one-on-one to achieve a resolution."
Two Sides lists the main reasons for challenging the claims as follows:
"It's clear that U.S. consumers like paper bills and statements and don't want to be pushed into electronic-only communications," said Riebel. "Our research shows that more than eight in 10 believe that cost savings are the driving force behind the 'go paperless' marketing hype, and many are suspicious of marketing claims that going paperless will 'save trees' or 'protect the environment'. In fact, 50 percent of those surveyed said they either did not believe such claims, felt misled by them or questioned their validity."
"We fully understand the advantages of electronic billing," Riebel continued. "We just want companies to stop misleading consumers by using vague and unsubstantiated environmental claims and to continue offering no-cost paper options to people who say they want and need them."
About Two Sides
Two Sides is a global initiative by companies from the Graphic Communication Value Chain including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, printing, publishing and direct mail. Membership spans Europe, the United States, South Africa and Australia. Our common goal is to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium. For more information about Two Sides U.S., please contact Phil Riebel at 1-855-896-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Two Sides U.S. website at www.twosides.us.
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