Definition of environmentally unfriendly in US English:

environmentally unfriendly


  • Harmful to the environment.

    ‘the water industry is badly affected by the environmentally unfriendly activities of others’
    • ‘According to Horan, fund managers are conscious that other environmentally unfriendly companies such as those that pollute the atmosphere could face very large clean-up bills.’
    • ‘While many of today's kitchen countertops are made of environmentally unfriendly materials that can "offgas" toxic emissions long after installation, green choices are expanding rapidly.’
    • ‘'There's so much we can do to reduce the amount of waste - reusing, recycling and replacing environmentally unfriendly materials such as plastic bags with alternatives such as calico bags,' he said.’
    • ‘Shortsighted solutions to the problem involved burial in remote parts of military bases, burial at sea, or other environmentally unfriendly alternatives that are no longer acceptable.’
    • ‘It was argued that the peat fired stations were uneconomical and environmentally unfriendly.’
    • ‘He said: "It is less environmentally unfriendly than dumping rubbish in landfill sites."’
    • ‘But these days it seems that the only thing people can do to boycott environmentally unfriendly products - such as cakes wrapped in multiple layers of packaging - is to refuse to buy them.’
    • ‘It is callous, careless, deceitful and environmentally unfriendly, putting profit ahead of everything.’
    • ‘They are environmentally unfriendly and don't meet the technology expectations of many of their potential readers.’
    • ‘It felt a little environmentally unfriendly, so I began to carry my towel with me.’
    • ‘The peace-loving hippies from the 1960s ultimately became the yuppies in the 1990s and are considered the driving force behind the environmentally unfriendly SUV craze.’
    • ‘This should change consumption patterns by pushing the consumers to save energy, to consume less environmentally unfriendly products or to shift consumption towards greener products.’
    • ‘To proponents, switching the main fuel supply from such environmentally unfriendly sources as fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) to water will greatly benefit the environment.’
    • ‘The reputation of computer and mobile phone industries for being environmentally unfriendly is about to change.’
    • ‘I felt it was environmentally unfriendly and would cause litter.’
    • ‘It seems to me the current transportation infrastructure is designed only to promote and accommodate environmentally unfriendly vehicles.’
    • ‘Tell your state and local environmental departments that you oppose environmentally unfriendly policies, petition for more public transportation, and ask your local supermarket manager to provide a wider selection of healthy foods.’
    • ‘The city began collecting environmentally unfriendly food containers in early April, and in the first month some 3 million were retrieved by the sanitation bureau.’
    • ‘The patrol boat towed the craft to deep water where it was cleared of environmentally unfriendly products and then set adrift.’
    • ‘In Germany, cartons have gained a reputation for being environmentally unfriendly, and there has been a movement to encourage the use of returnable bottles.’
    damaging, injurious, detrimental, dangerous, deleterious, unfavourable, negative, disadvantageous, unhealthy, unwholesome, hurtful, baleful, wounding, destructive
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