Money & Ethics

From greenwashing to fair trade to credit card practices, the Money & Ethics Channel explores some of our most complex questions around ethics and economics.


Corporations, businesses and even governments spend a lot of money to make themselves appear greener in the public eye. But when environmental claims are false or deceptive, it's considered greenwashing. How do you spot the six sins of greenwashing?

What do you pay for bottled water? A buck or two? How about $55? Bling h2o, deemed "designer water" by its founder, has become a new fashion accessory.

Freegans live off the grid, refusing to buy, work or rent. How do they do it? Dumpster diving. Why do they do it? That's a little more complicated.

Proponents of a "fat tax" claim it would help combat obesity. Are they right, or would we still buy just as much junk food as before?

In a move that has shaken up online-gaming profiteers everywhere, eBay has decided to ban the sale of virtual assets in its marketplace. eBay says it is acting to protect its users and maintain the integrity of the marketplace. But is there a bigger

If you've got at least one kidney, a company called Biogen owns the patent for at least one of your genes. Find about about the contoversial "life patent" trend and what it could mean to the future of medical research.

What causes gas prices to fluctuate? We know that an increase in oil prices causes an increase in gas prices, but what exactly causes gas prices to decline?

The Freecycle Network hopes to encourage a "worldwide gift economy” by connecting individuals locally who want to exchange goods. Explore how the Freecycle network aims to reduce landfill waste and decrease consumerism.