Legal Storm Brews Over Misleading Eco-Labels  - Retail Council of Canada
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Legal Storm Brews Over Misleading Eco-Labels 

April 23, 2024

Attention retailers who sell products that contain or are packaged with plastics, including shopping bags: Retailers are under fire as lawsuits surge over false eco-labeling claims. An exposé by Le Journal de Montreal (in French) uncovers the greenwashing of “recyclable” shopping bags, triggering a nationwide legal battle. In Quebec, stringent laws crack down on deceptive packaging claims, distinguishing between “recyclable” and “actual recycled”, intensifying scrutiny. RCC cautions members against advertising products as 100% recyclable, and will keep members informed about the escalating legal challenges in the eco-labelling landscape.