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Book Review: Greenwash

June 30, 2013 777

greenwashGuy Pearse. Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams. Melbourne, Australia: Black, Inc., 2012. 282 pp. $29.99 (paperback). ISBN 13: 978-1863955751

Read the review by Robin Canniford, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, published in the Journal of Macromarketing:

What role does marketing play in the alteration of climate and the destruction of ecosystems? A central one according to Guy Pearse whose 2012 book, Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams , exposes the spin, scams, and marketing plans by which multinational companies convince consumers that their prod- ucts are fighting the good fight against carbon emissions. Pearse has spent some years colleJMMK_new C1 template.inddcting adverts and comparing industry claims to carbon neutrality against measures of environmental performances. The results of these endeavors will be of little surprise to readers of the Journal of Macromarket- ing : companies’ production, investment, and growth figures rarely tally with the promises made by advertising campaigns. More shocking, however, is the scale of the green branding swindle, and the means by which companies portray products and services as eco-friendly consumer solutions to our planetary path of destruction.

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David Crookall

Excellent book. One might almost say that the “green branding swindle” is akin to climate change denial by the back door – even more hideous. A must read for all management, business and marketing students, and also the public at large.