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GECA is pleased to announce the release of its newest standard for Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants, which now covers a wider variety of products and sets a new environmental benchmark for the industry.
New Zealand-based paint manufacturer Resene is in GECA's Spotlight this week, thanks to its range of certified paints and coatings.
GECA is pleased to welcome its newest licensee, DLH Solutions. The cleaning products manufacturer has recently made its way through the audit process successfully, gaining GECA certification for its Eco-Red product.
Good Environmental Choice is pleased to welcome Camatic, our newest furniture licensee. Camatic specialises in commercial and venue seating, taking products from the design concept and right through to the finished product in a single location. The company has been around for over 50 years, putting seats into offices, theatres and stadiums.
Three new standards for paper and recycled products from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) are now available for public comment. GECA’s Paper and Stationery Products, Sanitary Paper Products and Recycled Products standards have been updated from previous standards, with revised criteria to set new environmental benchmarks for the products they cover.
Bevisco designs its products with aesthetics, functionality, quality and the environment in mind. The company, which specialises in workstations and office furniture, is wholly Australian owned and operated, ensuring that the delivery cycle is managed in an environmentally sensitive and commercially sound way.
The deadline for the Banksia Sustainability Awards is coming up - have you entered yet? Need a few pointers for how to make your entry really stand out? Then take a look at the new video that The Banksia Foundation has put together, with tips on how to enter and how to set your entry apart from the competition.
For over 70 years, the Deb Group has been establishing skin care regimes for all types of workplace and public environments, spanning industrial, commercial, healthcare and food sectors. Its products are sold in over 100 countries, with an estimated 40 million people using the products every day.
Good Environmental Choice Australia is a member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). Two years ago, ASBEC launched its ten-point Built Environment Adaptation Framework. We're asking you to help us understand Australia's progress in resilience policy by completing a quick five minute survey.
Office Spectrum specialises in providing refurbished furniture solutions for office spaces. The company takes discarded workstations and other office furniture, then transforms them into something fresh, new, and environmentally-preferable. It's recycling with style, working with used components to lower both the cost and the environmental impact of outfitting an office space.
South Australian-based Astec Paints has been operating in Adelaide since 1978, producing a range of paints and coatings. Many of its products are GECA certified, meeting strict criteria for environmental impact and human health. Astec Paints is also the second GECA licensee to meet the revised Paints and Coatings standard.
Head Office Group's GECA-certified 'Zone' and 'Vie' workstations have been in production for over five years and have been installed in a number of high-profile fitouts across Australia. They've furnished the offices of Bunnings, Singapore Airlines, Travelex, Aegis, the Depatment of Veterans Affairs and the Western Australian Police Department, among others.
Unifor was born when Italian furniture designers Molteni & C decided to move into the office furniture space. The Unifor division focuses on creating innovative and well-researched designs for contemporary workplace environments.
Good Environmental Choice Australia is collaborating with organisations across the housing industry on an initiative to drive customer demand for more sustainable homes. These are homes that have features that increase comfort and healthy living while reducing running costs and the impact on our environment.
This week, we welcome building materials manufacturer James Hardie as GECA's newest licensee. The company has recently achieved certification for four products after successfully passing the audit process.
Commando Storage Systems has been operating for over 20 years and is a leading Australian manufacturing company, specialising in industrial, warehousing and office storage solutions. It's in our Spotlight this week with two GECA certified products, Ezi-Store Moduline Static Shelving Systems and Ezi-Glide Mobile Shelving Systems.
GECA's newest licensee, Luxmy Furniture, is one of Australia's leading worktop and joinery furniture makers. Established in 1997, Luxmy manufactures a range of products for commercial needs, such as furniture for storage, tables, lounges, benches, chairs and stools. Its offerings include an impressive range of GECA-certified products which meet the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.
This week we're featuring GECA licensee Joyce Foam Products in our Spotlight. The company manufactures the largest range of polyurethane foam products in Australia, and has a large range which is GECA certified under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.
Women in Facilities Management (WiFM) will be running a networking event for those in the industry to focus on the environmentally-friendly claims of service providers. The event will cover why it’s important to know what an environmentally-preferable service provider looks like, what questions to ask them and whether it’s worth the cost.
GECA licensee Zenith Interiors has achieved certification for three new products under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam (Level A) standard. The Beside Chair, Belite Chair and View partition range have all passed their audits with BSI.
Direct Ergonomics boasts an impressive list of GECA certified products and product ranges. The company has almost 30 GECA licensed products in their catalogue, ranging from lounges to workstations to the humble task chair. All are environmentally-preferable options certified under GECA's Furniture and Fittings standard.
GECA is pleased to welcome its newest licensee, Entegro Group, which specialises in moulded rubber and plastic products. Its Comcork flooring range has passed the audit process with BSI, achieving certification under GECA's Floor Coverings standard.
Dexion is an Australian company that produces a range of specialist storage solutions for commercial and industrial applications. The company is also a GECA licensee, with products certified under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, making them environmentally-preferable choices for any storage needs.
Croxley Stationery owns or manages some of the world's most iconic stationery brands, and the New Zealand-based manufacturer, distributor and marketer is also a GECA licensee. The company has developed a range of environmentally-preferable stationery products which are GECA certified.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is pleased to have worked with the Banksia Foundation to help create a new award category to recognise product sustainability as part of its awards for 2014.
A new, revised standard for Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants from Good Environmental Choice Australia is now out for public comment. The new standard has updated criteria and now recognises joint sealants and fillers, with a stronger focus on industrial and commercial adhesives.
Boral is one of Australia's leading suppliers of building and construction materials. The company specialises in the manufacture and distribution of plasterboard products, which are made in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and distributed Australia-wide. It also exports internationally.
With the release of the new GECA Textiles and Leather standard, as well as heightened consumer awareness surrounding where our clothing comes from, it makes sense that more people want to know how they can buy more ethical fashion.
Access Office Industries have added a range of brand new items to their catalogue of GECA certified products, bringing their number of licensed products up to 16.
GECA are pleased to welcome our newest licensee, ecolour, manufacturer of premium quality paint. They are the first licensee to have their products certified under GECA's new Paints and Coatings standard, after passing their audit with DLCS International with flying colours.
Regupol (Australia) has been supplying sustainable flooring solutions in the region for over 25 years. The company produces flooring products recycled from rubber waste, such as old shredded tyres, cork or foam. These are processed and developed into a range of flooring materials, which are popular in gyms, office interiors, swimming pools, or as a layer of soundproofing under tiles or granite.
CSR is behind some of the most well-known products in the building industry, manufacturing everything from insulation to bricks and pavers. Two of its brands, Hebel (a range of high performance aerated concrete) and Gyprock (plasterboard), are GECA certified, making them environmentally-preferable choices for any building project.
Environmental, health and social issues associated with textile products, including clothing and soft furnishings, have been addressed through the release of a new textiles and leather standard by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).
Textile products can have negative impacts on the environment and human health. These can occur across the product’s life cycle. They may include the use of biocides in agricultural practices, substances used in manufacturing which can harm waterways, hazardous materials which cause skin irritation during wear, or poor working conditions for textile manufacturers.
GECA has requested that the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) consider modifying its credits and calculators to recognise third-party certified paints, adhesives and sealants whether they are applied onsite or offsite.
Embelton Flooring provides high-quality and stylish flooring for a range of applications, and their environmentally-preferable bamboo flooring is GECA certified against the Floor Coverings standard.
New research has indicated that support for "Pay As You Throw" (PAYT) waste schemes is much higher among those who have actually experienced them, according to the European Commission's Science for Environment Policy press release.
Head Office Group provides quality office workstations to architects, interior designers, project managers and builders across Australia. Their furniture is customisable, innovative, fully Australian designed and built from durable materials.
Sustainable Business Australia has announced the Inaugural Fiona Wain Oration and Lunch in honour of the long serving, late CEO. The oration will be given by Greg Bourne, chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on the topic: "Making our own luck: What will it take to build an inclusive, resilient and prosperous Australia?"
Green Building Day, hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia, is the biggest event on the green building calendar, and GECA is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the event.
Dunlop Foams has been developing and manufacturing polyurethane and other foam products in Australia for over 70 years, producing foam products for bedding, furniture, healthcare, transport, sports, packaging, and other applications
Shaw Contract Group Australia specialise in interesting and innovative flooring solutions for commercial applications across Australia. Their goal is to provide the most beautiful and sustainable flooring in the world.
GECA has recently made some changes to its Certification Scheme Rules to ensure the scheme remains as efficient and cost effective as possible, while maintaining its position as the most credible and robust ecolabel in the country.
GECA’s own Standards and Technical Manager, Ingrid Cornander, will present at this year’s designEX event at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island. The event has been running for the past 26 years and is an industry platform for sharing innovative and inspiring design ideas in the Australian architectural and interior design space.
Consult Australia has recently launched a new website, The Business of Sustainability, to help guide businesses towards more sustainable practices. The site aims to help any business, whether large or small, to identify and implement strategies relating to sustainability.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and Planet Ark are in the final stages of developing an online tool to help those making packaging decisions understand the recyclability of specific packaging formats in Australia.
Educational and commercial furniture manufacturer, R. E. Batger, has recently added nine new items to their list of GECA certified products.
Our latest licensee to feature in the GECA spotlight is Fletcher Insulation, one of Australia's leading insulation companies. The company provides insulation materials for the commercial and industrial sectors, and residential applications have formed a core part of their business for many years.
GECA has released a new version of its International Ecolabelled Products (IEP) standard, which recognises products certified under many overseas schemes part of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN).
60% of Australia’s sustainability specialists are women - and the industry is proving that soft skills and hard hats are a winning combination.
Our first Spotlight for May focuses on Zenith Interiors. Zenith is one of Australia's largest furniture manufacturers and aims to provide innovative workspace furniture that encourages "activity based working".
Our final Spotlight for April is focussed on UCI, an Australian owned company providing innovative workspaces for the office. UCI's products are designed to develop and improve the work environment, transforming offices into spaces that are comfortable, functional, efficient and inspiring.
This week the focus is on Malaysian paper company Nibong Tebal Paper Mill (NTPM), who manufacture tissue paper personal care products. Their main product offerings are facial tissues, toilet paper, kitchen paper towels and napkins under brand names including Premier, Royal Gold and Cutie.
This week’s featured GECA licensee is Forbo Flooring Systems, who describe themselves as “a global player in high-quality commercial and residential floor coverings”. Their floors are environmentally-preferable and design-oriented while remaining practical and functional.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is in the process of developing a new product standard with the working title ‘Environmentally Preferable Products’. As part of the development of this standard, GECA is seeking input from industry professionals including manufacturers, construction project teams, consultants, academics and environmental organisations.
DesignBUILD 2014 wrapped up last week at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre after three days of showcasing the best from the building and construction industries. GECA was pleased to be a partner for this year’s event.
Good Environmental Choice Australia was pleased to be a part of Green Cities 2014 in March this year. The annual conference and exhibition was hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia to explore sustainability in the built environment.
This week’s GECA spotlight is on steel storage furniture manufacturer Planex. The specialist furniture producers are 100% Australian owned, and they have “one of the most advanced sheet steel manufacturing facilities” in the country. All products are fully manufactured using local raw materials in their Melbourne facility.
Paints and coatings can have significant impacts on the environment and human health, depending on what ingredients and components they contain. For example, if a paint uses organic solvents rather than a water base, it will release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding air. Solvent-based paints can also contain about 50 percent more embodied energy.
Nominations for the 2014 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards are now open nationally. Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects from across Australia through the World Environment Day Awards.
GECA has teamed up with Australian Living and DesignBUILD to support an exciting initiative to showcase environmentally innovative products at DesignBUILD in Melbourne 2-4 April 2014. GECA licensees have the opportunity to participate in Project Next, which will be a fully interactive sustainable structure positioned in the centre of DesignBUILD with products and...
GECA CEO Rupert Posner will present at Green Cities 2014 in a session called Materials matter. The session will explore how building sustainability is about more than design. The procurement process and materials selected can be the difference between a good and a great green building. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn life cycle assessment methods...
Baseline Commercial Furniture have recently launched their new XE Summit Workstations, adding yet another item to their growing list of GECA certified products. The freshly launched workstation, which is a newer and updated version of their Summit product, has met all the criteria of the Furniture, Fittings and Foam 2010 v2.1 standard.
Office furniture manufacturers Haworth Australia have recently added the Lively Task Chair to their growing list of GECA certified products. The environmentally-preferable chair met the criteria for certification under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam v2.1 standard.
Unifor Australia has achieved GECA certification for its Workbay system, a multifunctional set of office furnishings. The furnishings have been certified under the Furniture, Fittings and Foam v2.1 standard, offering an environmentally preferable option for office planners.
The latest edition of Your Home, Australia’s most comprehensive consumer guide and technical manual for sustainable homes, has just been released by the Department of Industry.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is asking for feedback from developers, manufacturers and infrastructure project teams on which additional standards it should develop to help projects earn points under the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) IS rating scheme.
There’s still time to get your entry in to the Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards for 2014. GECA is a proud supporting partner of the awards, which recognise interior design projects that have considered the social and environmental impacts of the products chosen.
GECA licensees thinking of participating in Project Next, the interactive showcase of sustainable products at the upcoming DesignBUILD expo, should act now in registering their interest.
The DesignBUILD 2014 Industry Insights seminar program is now finalised, with day two to be a dedicated Sustainability Day.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) licensee ARTMATRIX has achieved certification for two additional items. The IF (ECO) Intelligent Folding Table (9IF) and I-Beam (ECO) Desking System (9IB) have passed their audits with one of GECA’s JAS-ANZ accredited conformance assessment bodies BSI; enabling them to achieve GECA certification.
This week, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) welcomes a new licensee: Smac Imports. Smac Imports is a quality steel manufacturer that offers a range of office furniture including the newly certified Celia Caddy and Celia Storage Unit. The two products have both been audited by BSI; one of two JAS-ANZ accredited conformance assessment bodies eligible...
The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) is holding a seminar on Natural Capital and Supply Chain Sustainability: Measuring and Managing Environmental Impacts and Risks on Thursday 13 February in Melbourne in partnership with National Australia Bank. Held as part of its Sustainability Leadership Series, this seminar responds to the global momentum...
GECA welcomes Perth Foam as its newest licensee. The company is an Australian-based, family-run business that manufacturers in Western Australia. Founded by the Peacock family in 1881, and still run by the same family today, it specialises in supplying foam to a wide variety of customers for use in bedding, upholstery, packaging, hospitality and healthcare.
Arper has passed its audit with BSI to achieve certification for some new products. Saya, Juno, Ginger, Gher, Team and Aava certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) under the Furniture, Fittings & Foam 2010 v2.1 standard meaning they offer a sustainably preferable option for designers, architects and consumers.
Jasol has become the first company to have products certified under the new Machine Dishwashing Detergents standard. The newly certified products include the EC12 Warewashing Manual Dose Powder Detergent, EC15 Glass Wash Detergent, EC13 Automatic Warewashing Detergent and EC14 Automatic Warewashing Rinse Aid. The standard applies to detergents (liquid and powder)…
GECA has long advocated that it is extremely important for sustainability requirements to be incorporated into the procurement requirements of Commonwealth departments. It conveyed this message recently to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Commonwealth Procurement Procedures. GECA certifies thousands of products, many of which are...
The textiles industry is on track to receive a new benchmark. Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), which runs Australia's only independent, multi-sector ecolabelling program, is developing a new environmental standard for textiles and leather. Products that could be certified under the standard include textile products such as clothing and textiles for use in clothing...
GECA is pleased to announce that Chair Solutions has achieved certification for an additional item and has expanded its licence.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has released its new environmental standard for textiles and leather for public comment. Products that could be certified under the standard include textiles for use in clothing, furniture, bedding, decorative applications and fittings sold in the Australian market. The standard also allows for certification of finished products including...
This week Italplast’s I 65 GR Slimline A4 Document Tray passed its audit and achieved GECA certification. Italplast is an Australian-owned, family-operated business that develops a range of desk accessory stationery products. The business specialises in product design, toolmaking and plastic injection moulding and operates following the requirements of the International Quality Standards of ISO 9001.
More GECA standards have been approved by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) meaning products certified under them will contribute to achieving credit points for Green Star projects. Following the GBCA’s announcement in October to expand its existing Assessment Framework, GECA applied to get its Paints & Coatings and Cleaning Products standards recognised.
The first products assessed by DLCS International under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)’s ecolabelling program have successfully met the requirements and been re-certified. In 2013 DLCS International achieved JAS-ANZ accreditation enabling it to audit the GECA scheme. GECA's program is the only ecolabelling program in Australia that is not-for-profit, independent and multi-sector and operating...
GECA licensee Arteil has achieved certification for additional seating products. These items include the Colorado Highback Executive, CH4 Karis Mk 1, CH3 Karis Mk 3, CH14 Legend Model 1 no arms, CH13 Legend Model 2 with arms, CH15 Sapphire Seminar Model 4 with arms, CH17 Princeton Café chair, and the ST1 Sit & Stand Stool. Arteil Ergonomic Seating is a specialist manufacturer of...
Boral has achieved certification for additional plasterboard products this week. Among those are the Multistop 3, Multistop 5 and Impactstop, which are all available in either 13 or 16mm thickness. The Multistop ranges are ideal solutions for projects that demand fire, impact, sound and water resistance for internal wall and ceiling linings. Both the Multistop 3 and
In one of the most influential buildings in Sydney, GECA licensee Office Spectrum shows that it’s time to shed the notion that recycled content looks shabby. The organisation which specialises in taking old workstations and reworking them to make them suitable for use again has done exactly that to old Fairfax media workstations, giving the media giant’s offices a much needed revamp.
GECA is pleased to announce that licensee Joyce Foam Products has achieved certification for some more of its products. New to the licence is the Meracell Reticulated Polyether Foam range and the Gelform range.
Recognising the desire by companies to demonstrate the environmental preferability of their adhesive and related products, GECA is updating its Adhesives standard. As well as updating criteria, the new standard will see its scope changed to include joint sealants and fillers, but most likely will be narrowed down to products used in building work...
We are pleased to announce that swift progress is being made in getting more GECA standards recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). In October the GBCA announced its intention to expand an existing Assessment Framework, enabling more GECA standards to be recognised. This has now occurred.
Campaigns which remind individuals of the environmentally-friendly actions they already perform may motivate them to even more pro-environmental behaviours, new research from the EU suggests. If people identify themselves as environmentally-friendly, they are more likely to carry out green actions, even in the absence of any incentive.
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is reaping some big savings thanks to choosing GECA certified products from Environmental Fluid Systems (EFS). With the help of EFS, FMG identified and mitigated a major health risk and sustainability hazard associated with its rail operation by substituting dangerous products with safe ones.
How do we achieve high growth with low emissions? This societal challenge, and the role that business plays, will be explored in the context of the recent UN Conference in Warsaw.
Congratulations to our CEO Rupert Posner who has made it on to the ABC Carbon Global Sustain Ability Leaders 2013 list. The list celebrates sustainability leaders from a variety of sectors from Not-for-profits to large commercial organisations.
On Tuesday November 19 GECA held a Green Star information session and AGM at the Commonwealth Bank Place, Darling Harbour. This session was an opportunity to bring together GECA licensees and members, product specifiers including architects, engineers and designers, green star practitioners and provided an introduction to both the Commonwealth Bank Place and the future of Green Star.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) invites you to the recently completed Commonwealth Bank Place for an informative session on the future of the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star program.
GECA CEO Rupert Posner joined his counterparts from the Global Ecolabelling Network’s (GEN) 26 members from 60 countries in Brussels this month to discuss issues regarding the labeling of sustainable products and services.
More environmentally preferable products are likely to be available for consumers with a second well respected conformance assessment body (CAB), DLCS International, now accredited by JAS-ANZ to audit products for GECA certification.
This week Innova achieved certification for its Rim Fabrics Honeycomb range of fabrics; adding it to its existing GECA licence in addition to the Evolve, Fusion and Harmony ranges. Aptly named Honeycomb TA 412, the product is inspired by nature and features intricate gossamer hive forms reminiscent of timeless bee creations.
The Enviro range by Okka Products forms part of a specialist range of material handling plastic products from leading injection moulding and plastics manufacturer and GECA licensee A Plus Plastics. The Enviro range is an exciting product that is changing the way crates are manufactured, recycled and used.
GECA licensee Sturdy Framac adds a selection of lounges and chairs to its licence this week in addition to its list of certified, Green Star applicable items. The new items added are the Tafe Lounge, Euro Lounge, Hamilton Lounge, Momo Lounge, Alpha Lounge, Globe Lounge, Broadway Tub Chair, Rachel Tub Chair, Regent Tub Chair, Verona Lounge, Sienna Lounge, Amalfi Lounge, Genesis Lounge, Venetian Lounge and Atari Lounge.
GECA licensee Anibou was recently specified to supply tables and stools to Cranbrook Junior School in Rose Bay, Sydney. A selection of pieces including the GECA certified Artek 80B tables and 96 tables create an environmentally preferable, functional and stylish school space.
A minor revision of GECA’s Machine Dishwashing Detergents Standard was undertaken to widen the scope and incorporate requirements for detergents used in commercial dishwashing machines. GECA is pleased to issue for public comment the revised draft standard for environmentally preferable machine dishwashing detergents.
This week, long-standing GECA licensee Jardan achieved certification for five more of its products. Meeting all the requirements set out in the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, Jardan has been granted certification for its Wilfed, Seb, Sidney, Harrison, Navy and Stanley Stool. All additional products are recognised as Level A & B except the Stanley Stool, which is recognised as Level B.
The much anticipated home and interiors show, Grand Designs Live 2013 is nearly here. This year’s event will showcase the best of building and interiors over a full weekend and is set to be an extraordinary experience.
This week we are happy to announce six products have passed their audit to achieve GECA certification. The Una Mini Cut, Epoca Plait, Epoca Structure, Una Mini Loop, Una Mini Loop Modular and Una Mini Cut Modular products have been added to Egetaeper's and Rugs, Carpet & Design's licences. Certification has been granted in addition to the existing 32 products that have already achieved certification on these same licences.
We’re pleased to announce that GECA licensee Specfurn Commercial Furniture has achieved certification on a fourth product. The Matrix Workstation System is now verified as being environmentally preferable and meets all the requirements outlined by GECA’s Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.
Tower 8 is an exciting new development in Adelaide’s city centre precinct, which sits on the North Eastern corner of Franklin and Bentham Streets and acts as a southern gateway to the City Central Precinct. Completed in September 2012, GECA licensee Studform was selected to complete the aluminium partitions, ornate commercial doors and washroom cubicle packages.
One of GECA’s Conformance Assessment Bodies (CABs) — BSI incorporating NCS International — which audits against GECAs standards, has chosen to fit out their new office space with a selection of GECA certified products.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is planning to expand an existing Assessment Framework, meaning more GECA standards may be recognised next year. This new expansion would enable adhesives and paints to be recognised for fitout submissions, and cleaning products to be recognised by the Green Star Performance tool. More GECA certified products may therefore support Green Star developments achieve their Green Star rating.
Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition highlights relationship between business and sustainability
The second annual Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition took place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October and was a thought-provoking and engaging event bringing together leading practitioners from around the country. The Hon. Greg Hunt provided the opening address and spoke on the theme of turning vision to action. His address was the first major presentation outlining the government's sustainability agenda.
In his first major address on the Abbott Government's environment agenda to the business community, the Hon. Greg Hunt will speak at the Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition. Mr Hunt will provide the opening address on 9 October and will speak on the theme of turning vision to action. The Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition brings together leading practitioners and strategic thinkers from around the world in this growing industry.
In the spotlight: Shaw Contract Group supplies flooring to Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
The recently completed Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in north-east Melbourne is a holistically responsive design solution to the varied and intricate facets of cancer care. The centre was founded by Olivia Newton-John, herself a high-profile cancer survivor. She brought her own understanding and experience of patients' needs to the design.
Comseat specialises in furniture items that are suitable for commercial fitouts including healthcare, industrial and office environments. The full ranges of Scorpion chairs, Block Tub ottomans and Spirit lounges have now been approved as sustainably preferable. All Comseat’s products are Green Star applicable making them eligible for Green Star projects.
Completed earlier this year, the latest addition to Perth’s landscape is its new Perth Arena, which is a boutique multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium. The striking, innovative and architecturally-designed West Australian landmark demanded a mix of aesthetic and performance focused surface solutions. This multi-award winning project, which was conceived by ARM Architecture, features a flexible design and striking façade.
Interviews conducted by The Bravery is Here show that Australia’s leading climate change business experts are urging corporate Australia to continue to mitigate climate risk and environmental impact. This information comes following the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which was released on Friday 27 Sep, and ahead of Australia’s largest business and government sustainability event of the year — the Australian Sustainability Conference.
Mark Perry Business Furniture has added four products to its GECA licence after passing the audit process; including the Web Stool, Web Chair, Nett Stool and Nett Chair.
GECA licensee Deb Group has achieved certification for five of its skin care products after being audited against the Personal Care Standard 2013, which was developed earlier this year.
Australian Workstation Manufacturers (AWM) lately provided its GECA certified Monorail workstation over two floors of The White Agency’s primely located Sydney office at 1 Kent Street. The Monorail workstation achieved GECA certification in 2012 and is nearly 100 per cent recyclable. It is manufactured in AWM’s factory in Alexandria, which is ISO14001 certified meaning the factory meets environmental management systems standards.
This week we welcome Abax Systems Pty Ltd as a new GECA licensee, which is a Sydney-based company specialising in library fit-outs, storage solutions and office furniture.
GECA is proud to announce that it is a supporting partner of this year’s much anticipated Home Design Magazine Australian Living Green Interior Awards. The awards highlight those who choose to implement green interior products into their homes, offices, shops, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants and bars and are about celebrating designers' and individuals' commitment to sustainability. The awards are now open for entries.
As the dust settles on another election, for some Australian businesses, governments – along with their policies – will come and go, but those that have taken an approach of resilience and look beyond the election cycle have their business strategies intact. Typically election cycles and the period post-elections are marked by poor market performance and consumer confidence, “Uncertainty created by the election has certainly not helped support business action."
Melbourne furniture maker Jardan was recently chosen to supply a variety of colourful and contemporary GECA certified pieces for many common areas in the Science and Engineering Centre at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The Centre is a premier research base for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the heart of Brisbane. Jardan supplied a range of Level A GECA certified products including the Horizon and Milo sofas, Kelly and Ned armchairs and Coast ottomans.
Good Environmental Choice Australia's CEO Rupert Posner was recently interviewed by Dynamic Business magazine for his insights into the relationship between business and sustainability. Figures from the last two years show that, despite economical and political change, businesses are still implementing sustainability policies.
Sydney Indesign was a resounding success that saw the display of an assortment of innovative and exciting designs. The main hub of the event — the Galleria — presented a number of discussions; one of which GECA was led by GECA. The discussion showed the benefits and importance of GECA as well as the demand for it from the perspective of licensees and specifiers.
The newest film from acclaimed director and producer Ridley Scott hit the big screens last year with a cameo appearance from the GECA certified Brainwash tables. Prometheus is set in the year 2089 and takes viewers on a journey not to the end of existence, but the beginning. It has been dubbed sci-fi birth as opposed to the often-seen sci-fi apocalypse. The tables appear in one of the early scenes of the film in the crew dining hall on board the Prometheus Spaceship.
If there was ever any doubt that people are full of contradictions, just spend some time with industrial designer Taku Kumazawa. The creator of the GECA certified Tipo mesh stacking chair, and CTZ tilt-top table turns out to be a bit of a rev head, admitting that he secretly covets a gas-guzzling 1970’s lime-green Porsche 911 with a whale tail.
Koskela has now achieved GECA certification for its Anders table, Forbes chair, Jake chair, Kavella table, Konverse chair, Mika stool, PBS table, Saville row and Y series table.
This week we congratulate Eastern Commercial Furniture Pty Ltd on passing its audit and achieving a GECA licence for its Engage Desk Frames and Edge Screening.
Direct Ergonomics and Zenith Interiors were recently chosen to be the furniture suppliers for the University of Wollongong's Sustainable Building Research Centre.
The EZ65 office chair by Haworth Australia Pty Ltd is now GECA certified.
BSI incorporating NCSI has released its second biannual industry survey. Findings show that government organisations are lagging in sustainability practices. According to the Corporate Environmental & Sustainability Governance Survey 2013, 100 per cent of manufacturers indicated they have environmental and sustainability policies, conducted energy audits, and implemented energy efficient processes
Rupert Posner from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) recently answered questions for website and blog Otter. Otter is dedicated to helping consumers make more sustainable choices and selects a well-known figure in the sustainability sphere to interview each issue. The interview explores concerns such as confusion regarding ecolabels; current pressing sustainability issues; how this relates to consumers; how GECA can help; and where you can purchase GECA certified products.
Office furniture wholesaler and GECA licensee Office Link Group recently supplied workstations and tables for an eighty staff project in Sydney. This project was completed for an internationally recognised company using GECA certified products.
Office fit-out specialist and GECA licensee Sheldon Commercial Interiors recently completed an exciting fit-out for Faber-Castell in Sydney.
GECA is about to commence the revision of its standards that cover paper products and calls on interested, experienced stakeholders for their input. This process includes consultation with a Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG functions as an interactive group who will work with GECA to assist in developing its standards and setting high environmental goals that are still achievable.
An innovative environmentally and socially responsible Melbourne-based company is doing great things in the world of recycling. Using products that would otherwise end up in landfill, Green Collect utilises one man’s trash to create another man’s treasure. Materials are carefully collected, sorted, disassembled and remade by hand by people re-entering work after long periods of unemployment or homelessness.
This Friday 16 August Rupert Posner, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia, will be presenting at one of Sydney’s most exciting design events: Sydney Indesign.
Australia’s largest sustainability event for business will be forming a strategic partnership with GECA, along with Sustainable Business Australia and the Banksia Foundation. Our CEO Rupert Posner is a member of the conference advisory board and will chair a number of sessions. It's a great opportunity to find out about the latest in the sustainability space and earlybird rates end soon.
The East Hotel in Canberra is fast gaining recognition for being one of the cooler spots in town. Its location; flanked by the trendy suburbs of Kingston and Manuka certainly gives it a foot in the door, but its fitout really gives it an extra edge. Recently conceived by local Canberran Dan Bisa, the hotel is dressed from head-to-toe with beautiful GECA certified products from long-standing GECA licensee KE-ZU.
GECA licensee Regupol has recently completed the flooring within a number of exciting retail projects, in particular, The Kidstores in Victoria. Both everroll Star Berlin and everroll Endurance Berlin in 4mm thickness were installed at the Fountain Gate, Chadstone and Northland stores. The Kids Store wanted an easy-to-clean flooring alternative that could be customised with colour to suit their company’s corporate design.
This week sees some exciting news from GECA licensee, Havwoods. Top international fashion and design house Marimekko recently opened two stores, one in the hub of Sydney and the other in Melbourne, using GECA certified Europlank timber flooring from Havwoods.
Raeco® has completed 50 years creating exciting Library Spaces in Australia and Beyond. Public, School, University and Corporate Libraries, Raeco® covers almost every conceivable need for your library space. Innovative, flexible and functional library spaces using the latest in product designs and finishes.
Carpets can be made from natural fibres or synthetic fibres, or a combination of both. One is not necessarily better than the other. It is important to look at the entire life of the carpet before forming an opinion on its impact on the environment.
As a responsible corporate citizen for over 20 years and a manufacturer since 1987, Head Office Group recognizes the importance of sustainable development, with a commitment to the environment and healthy workplaces.
Listen to our CEO, Rupert Posner discuss the Personal Care Products standard on ABC radio...
Consumers’ concerns about the use of palm oil, toxic chemicals and greenwashing in personal care products like shampoos and cosmetics have been addressed through the release of a new environmental standard by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).
Innovation is the key long-term driver of sustained and sustainable economic development. But it is more than just developing new products. It is about reinventing business processes and building entirely new markets that meet untapped customer needs.
A place of design and production, where advanced workmanship processes, experimentation and constant checking on qualitative levels coexist with handicraft know-how and the ability to adapt to the needs of the customer.
Creating better environments begins with caring for the environment. For more than 100 years, inspired by the world around us, Forbo Flooring Systems has been producing floor coverings. State of the art production processes minimise the impact on our environment.
The hospitality sector is well aware of the need to meet customers’ sustainability expectations. And it, like other business sectors, appreciates tools that make it easier for them to achieve this, such as the Good Environmental Choice (GECA) ecolabel.
Sustainable Living Fabrics aims to minimise its environmental footprint from the farm to the furniture for every fabric range. Sustainable Living Fabrics is an environmental leader setting itself apart by having every fabric range in it's Green Living Collection independently accredited as environmentally preferable.
Innovation is the key long-term driver of sustained and sustainable economic development. But it is more than just developing new products. It is about reinventing business processes and building entirely new markets that meet untapped customer needs. It is also about selecting and executing the right ideas and bringing them to domestic and international markets in record time.
The spotlight this week is on our newest licencee, Specfurn Commercial Furniture. Specfurn Commercial Furniture is a Queensland owned and operated business providing commercial furniture solutions nationwide, encompassing workstation systems, storage solutions, ergonomic seating, boardroom/meeting furniture and hospitality/cafe furniture.
Last week Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) attended the release of the National Sustainability Council's first biennial report, Sustainable Australia 2013: Conversations with the Future. This report documents the current status of Australia in relation to social, environmental and economic sustainability indicators.
Auditor of the GECA Scheme, NSC International (NCSI), has been acquired by the world's first National Standards Body, founding member of ISO and fourth largest global certification body BSI from the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA).
AFS Walling Solutions is a 100% Australian owned and operated company established in 1996 to supply the construction industry with proprietary walling and framing systems.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is committed to driving sustainable consumption by increasing the uptake GECA certified products, particularly by promoting them to important stakeholders.
As an Australian family-owned furniture business in operation since 1987, we know there is no machine that can truly replace the hand or the eye. Every Jardan piece is crafted to order in Melbourne, with care and precision, by hand.
Working closely with designers and architects, Madinoz offer superior Architectural Hardware with a distinctive design theme. Designed specifically with project needs in mind, the Madinoz Architectural Hardware range is made in Australia with premium grade materials to ensure lifelong use and endless appeal.
Paint is made from three basic ingredients: pigment, binder and solvent. In addition to these it can contain a variety of additives, including biocides (to prevent bacteria or fungal growth in the can or on the painted surface). Each of these ingredients can have an impact on the environment during the life cycle of the paint.
As part of Designex 25 in Melbourne, on 31 May GECA will hold an information session on environmentally preferable products and the role of third party certification. This session will explain the benefits of using environmentally preferable products and in particular how to guarantee a product’s claim through independent third party certification.
We would like to thank Just Mats for the GECA certified RolaDek mat it has installed in our Surry Hills office. Just Mats tells us that every person working in a commercial building, can bring in up to 2.5 kilograms of dirt, just on their feet, every year. This translates to tons of damaging abrasive material, potentially destroying surface finishes such as timber, marble & granite floors, reducing the life of quality entrances.
Mark Perry is a wholly owned Australian manufacturer: specialists in commercial interiors such as ergonomic office chairs, storage, office workstations and systems.
BGC Plasterboard products are manufactured in Perth, Western Australia. Our state-of-the-art complex comprises a 56,000m2 parcel of land, incorporating a 32,000m2 building to house the production, warehousing and dispatch facilities.
When it comes to leaving the world a little cleaner, healthier and more plentiful than how we find it, Haworth believes that we need to manage all our assets with a view toward the future. The result of this thinking is a business model that emphasizes people as much as environmental performance – otherwise known as the triple bottom line.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) was pleased to exhibit at Green Cities 2013 last week in Sydney. Now in its seventh year, Green Cities is an annual conference and exhibition co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Property Council of Australia.
Agar Cleaning Systems was established in 1968 in Melbourne. We now operate nationwide, and service many locations including schools, hospitals and major shopping centres.
The Sebel story began in 1951 with the production of Mobo toys and a new furniture range based around the innovative Stak-a-Bye chair.
With companies based in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and other global affiliations, Warwick Fabrics are at the forefront of international design and distribution, exporting interior upholstery and window covering textiles to over 50 countries.
In 1997, Corporate Culture was formed to provide not only exceptional designer furniture, but also a high level of customer service, a combination not yet experienced in the Australian marketplace.
Fishprint are committed to providing high quality print material without compromising on our environmental responsibilities.
Boral is a leading Australian supplier of building and construction materials, also operating throughout Asia and the United States.
Woven Image has been designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative fabrics in Australia and overseas for over 20 years. As an Australian company serving designers, specifiers and customers worldwide, we are committed to minimising our environmental impacts and producing high quality fabrics and textile designs. Within this context, Woven Image understands the value and importance of being a responsible company, which consistently delivers environmentally improved products and services.
Style Ergonomics Australia is a member of the Commercial Furnishing Industry Association of Australia and The Australian Furnishing Research and Development Institute.
We've been getting some great coverage of our new Cleaning Products Standard.
"CLEANING UP GREEN CLAIMS" Our new CEO, Rupert Posner has been busy this morning, with interviews on ABC News24, ABC Radio Newcastle and ABC Radio North Queensland. Listen here >
Confusion about the authenticity of green claims on cleaning products can now be solved with the release of a new Cleaning Products Standard by not-for-profit Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), which runs the country’s only transparent and independently audited multi-sector green certification program >>>
After a period of public consultation and invaluable input from industry stakeholders, we are very pleased to announce our new Cleaning Products standard for Australia.
Our friends at the Green Building Council of Australia are holding their new 'Green Star Fitout Calculators' course in December (Melb. & Syd). Read on for more information.
Our auditing partners, NCS International would like you to take their '5 minute Corporate Sustainability Climate Change Survey'. In return, they'll donate $20 to the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) for every completed survey and send you a copy of their 'Benchmarking Report' when the survey wraps up!
The GECA AGM and Speaker Event was held at the Australian Museum's historic 'Night Parrot' venue.
Rupert Posner, the newly appointed CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), says consumers need independent reassurance to avoid being taken in by greenwash. “I’m excited to join Australia’s national ecolabelling program. The program makes it easier to choose products that are genuinely better for the environment,” said Mr Posner.
GECA is pleased to release our revised standard for certifying environmentally preferable Machine Dishwashing Detergents for public comment.
In response to the increasing demand for clear information for green-consumers GECA launches a new series of 'Consumer Information' pages. The first of which has been created to coincide with the launch of our new Cleaning Products standard.
GECA's July/August newsletter is out, with news of our new LCA services, our latest licensees, our new Paints & Coatings standard and more...
On 19-20 July, GECA exhibited at Total Facilities Live, Sydney. Billed as Australia’s largest exhibition and conference for building operators, managers and facility professionals, we made many new friends and met up with quite a few old ones as well.
After invaluable input from stakeholders and a period of public consultation, we are very please to announce our new Paints and Coatings standard for Australia.
This article in BPN Magazine’s February 2012 issue details how panel board products can be more sustainable.
Put Your Guests’ Mind to Rest’ is a GECA-authored article which appears in The Executive Housekeeper Magazine
GECA presented an exciting networking opportunity and speaker event in November 2011: ‘Does Ecolabelling Drive Sustainable Production and Consumption?'
The Oct 16, 2011 Sun Herald feature 'Keener and Greener' details support for the green building movement from Grand Designs Australia.