Advertising Sustainability

  • Geoffrey CraigEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)


This chapter explores how advertisements represent sustainability. It initially provides discussion of the contemporary advertising industry and its role in promotional culture and it also considers the textuality of advertisements and their communicative power. The chapter also discusses the features of green advertising and the practice of greenwashing. An analysis of Aotearoa New Zealand energy television advertisements shows how humour and celebrity are used to offer a positive and easily attainable portrayal of sustainability. Alternatively, the second case study analysis of Australian household sustainability magazine advertisements reveals how the technical and scientific features of sustainability are foregrounded.


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  1. 1.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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