The 5 biggest corporate greenwashing fines

Pretending to be green can be expensive

Factory spewing green smoke
Greenwashing can result in hefty fines and legal action
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Climate change is destroying habitats, warming oceans and causing more extreme weather than ever. With the public growing increasingly interested in environmental issues, some companies have begun to take action to make their products and production processes greener. However, other corporations have been engaging in greenwashing, which means they have made "an unsubstantiated claim to deceive consumers into believing that a company's products are environmentally friendly or have a greater positive environmental impact than they actually do," said Investopedia. Companies can be punished if they are discovered greenwashing, and often forced to pay millions or even billions. An analysis by the startup CleanHub looked at some of the largest greenwashing fines ever — here are the top five.

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