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Sustainable Development Goals Australia 2016 - SDGA16 - is a broad ranging multi-stakeholder Conference to stimulate action on the 17 biggest social, environmental and economic challenges. It will be held in Sydney from 29-30 November.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has made significant revisions to its two furniture standards and is seeking comments from industry professionals on the proposed new standards. The standards, Furniture Fittings & Foam (Level A), and Furniture and Fittings (Level B), have been updated and revised.
GECA chats with Dhaval Thakkar from Clean Plus Chemicals about what certification means to them.
In September this year, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on the use of antibacterial compounds such as triclosan and triclocarban in household products such as liquid soaps. So what’s so bad about triclosan?
How can you get the most out of your insulation? We review exactly how to make sure your building stays cool in summer and warm in winter in this in-depth guide.
You may have seen recently that GECA introduced my new role of Sustainable Development and Senior Accounts Representative. Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals into the conversation around ecolabelling is an important evolution in the business world and that’s part of my role. I like a challenge! You may ask, why?
GECA is pleased to be a supporting partner and exhibitor at this year's CleanScene event! Australia’s largest cleaning and hygiene event returns to the Sydney Showground on 6-8 September.
July and August have been jam packed with events, and GECA are proud to have been a part of so many fantastic opportunities to connect with industry professionals and spread the word on sustainable products.
Hear from Kate about why we're hard at work on our new standard for cement and concrete products - and what's next.
GECA is currently in the process of revising both of its furniture standards. Furniture & Fittings (Level B) was due for revision in accordance with the Scheme Rules, and due to overlapping criteria, Furniture Fittings & Foam (Level A) is also being revised concurrently.
SEE Sustainable Experience is Australia’s sustainable building and design showcase event tailored for manufacturers, suppliers, residential and commercial design and construction professionals, building owners, facility managers and strata managers.
From Kate: "I recently had the pleasure of being a judge on the Brickworks International Living Building Challenge awards...for me, our future sustainable world is dependent on the intersection of passion and potential of our people."
The Sustainable Brands 2016 conference was held last month in Sydney for the first time! GECA was glad to be involved with the event, which explored ways for business leaders to learn how to successfully innovate their brands to ensure a sustainable future.
Our CEO, Kate Harris, talks about her recent trip to the USA and discusses how we can work together to better connect sustainable products and services with procurement professionals.
GECA is pleased to introduce new licensee, District! District have a wide range of chairs, stools and armchairs certified with GECA under the Furniture, Fittings & Foam standard, demonstrating their commitment to producing furniture with a lower environmental, health and social impact.
GECA is pleased to welcome our newest licensee, Space Furniture! Five products from new design brand SP01, available through Space Furniture, are now certified with GECA under our Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, showing that they have a lower environmental, health and social impact.
GECA is pleased to welcome back Havwoods, whose Europlank range is newly certified under the Floor Coverings standard! The pre-finished engineered range is from the world’s foremost producer of onestrip boards and utilizes a click fixing system for ease of installation. It is also available and certified in ‘Herringbone’.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is developing a brand new standard for cement, concrete and concrete 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. The standard is open for public comment until Monday, 11 July 2016.
GECA is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Building Day 2016! The event will be held across Australia over a range of dates. Join us as we bring together the industry’s leading innovators and thinkers to discuss ‘the 2 degree world’ and how we can slow global warming.
ISO20400 - the first international guidance standard for sustainable procurement - is in development by ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), and the latest round of discussions to review the draft of the standard drew to a close earlier this month in Sydney. GECA was involved in contributing to the development of the standard.
We're pleased to welcome back Embelton Flooring, who have recently achieved GECA certification for two flooring underlay products! Their Hush Platinum Polyethylene Underlay and ImpactaMat Acoustic Flooring Underlay are both certified under our Floor Coverings standard, meaning they have a lower environmental, health and social impact.
Over the past three decades, DesignBUILD has supported Australia’s architecture, building, construction and design communities and in 2016 they’re bringing a new look to Melbourne. DesignBUILD brings together Australia’s architects, building professional, contractors and designer community together with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who work across the residential and commercial industry sectors, for 3 days of unrivaled networking and inspiration.
We're pleased to welcome Kebony as one of our newest licensees! Kebony is a Norwegian company which aims to be the leading wood brand and technology organisation.
The annual Green Cities conference wrapped up in March for another year, and GECA was proud to be greatly involved as a supporting sponsor.
We’re pleased to welcome our newest licensee, Quarran Health Products, with their ekoWorx cleaning solution! ekoWorx is a “next-generation universal cleaning solution” that uses the science of green ionic chemistry to create an effective “clean anywhere” cleaner.
Our CEO, Kate Harris, shares her thoughts on what Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, sees as the challenges for city and country communities and the need to do more with less.
GECA is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of Green Cities 2016. The event, held over 22 – 24 March 2016, will mark a decade of Green Cities, at the Hilton Sydney, with three days of practical site tours, hands-on masterclasses, networking events and inspiring speakers.
Hear from GECA at Sydney Build 2016! Sydney Build is the leading new Construction Expo for Sydney. Held over 10-11 March 2016, it's the ideal opportunity for your organisation to get involved in Sydney’s booming construction industry, and to access major contractors, developers and suppliers from Sydney and across Australia.
GECA’s industry event centred around sustainable products, ‘Collaborate, Innovate, Celebrate’, was held on 3 March 2016 at the Lendlease Building in Sydney. It was great to see many professionals from the industry come to hear about the latest trends in sustainable production and consumption, the forthcoming ISO standard for Sustainable Procurement and GECA’s direction for the coming year.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is in the process of developing a new standard for cement and concrete products. The standard is currently going through a second round of consultations with a Technical Advisory Group, and a final version of the standard is expected to be released mid-year.
Come and explore the future of sustainable production and consumption at GECA's own event, held in Sydney on 3 March 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
GECA's newest licensee, Lybase, is one of the first to take advantage of GECA's GENICES recognition in gaining their certification with us, and the first to have a lighting product certified with GECA.
It's Business Clean Up Australia Day on Tuesday, 1st of March. You're welcome to join GECA at our clean up site!
Our CEO, Kate Harris, recently visited many of our licensees to see their commitment to sustainability in practice.
Our CEO, Kate Harris, discusses how businesses can work together towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
CSR Gyprock have recently added their Ultra-Base 60 base coat to their growing list of GECA certified products! The lightweight base coat is used as the first and second coat in a three-coat plasterboard jointing system, and meets all the criteria of the Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants standard.
GECA is proud to announce we are now a certified B Corporation! We look forward to collaborating and networking with other businesses who share our commitment to making sustainable choices and value the credibility of independent third-party certification.
It's never been a better time to be in the business of sustainability, according to a report released in October last year by Future Business Council.
Zippy Cleaning & Maintenance Services is a family owned and operated commercial cleaning organisation based in South Australia. As well as maintaining clean and presentable premises for their clients, Zippy also assist clients with minimising their impact on the environment by managing waste and using environmentally safe cleaning products in their provision of services.
Our CEO, Kate Harris, talks about what cities, CEOs and collaboration have in common.
With enhancing the value of the GECA ecolabel in mind, our chair, Gordon Renouf, attended the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) Annual General Meeting and conference week in Hong Kong during November 2015. This was a great opportunity for GECA to make better connections with other ecolabels around the world and to explore recent developments with labelling schemes, particularly in regards to managing our carbon footprint.
GECA is pleased to welcome our newest licensee, cleaning solutions manufacturer Anotec Environmental. The company, which has been in the industry for 25 years, specialises in odour control products with a lower environmental, health and social impact.
'Demanding change by changing demand' is the first event in Australia discussing credible certification and sustainability standards, bringing together key brands, businesses, retailers and NGOs to examine challenges and opportunities for sustainability standard setting and what the future could look like beyond certification.
Hughes Primary School, ACT, was faced with the challenge of finding ways to create a safe and inclusive environment for students with chemical sensitivities. Where previous schools had been unwilling to alter their whole-school practices to cater for these students, Hughes Primary, with their focus on sustainability, was ready to try after hearing parents’ concerns.
Our CEO, Kate Harris, talks about settling into her new role with GECA and the recent European Commission Environmental Footprint Conference.
SD2015, presented by Sustainable Business Australia and The Banksia Foundation, brings together business, government, NGOs and academia for one day to discuss, debate and celebrate sustainable development. Hear from some great speakers and then stay for the presentation of the 2015 Banksia Awards.
We're pleased to welcome our newest licensee, Tersano Australia! Tersano Australia have their patented Lotus Cleaning System technology certified under the Cleaning Products standard. The Lotus Cleaning System transforms ordinary tap water into an effective cleaning solution by infusing it with ozone.
Clean Plus Chemicals were able to streamline their GECA audit, and the whole process took just three weeks. What helped their audit go so smoothly?
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is delighted to welcome Kate Harris as its new Chief Executive Officer.
As part of World Green Building Week, the Green Building Council of Australia are hosting their annual Garden Party on Thursday, 24 September 2015 to celebrate this year's achievements in the industry. It's the green building networking event of the year.
GECA is pleased to welcome GOE Australia as one of our newest licensees. The Australian-owned company, established in 1992, specialises in manufacturing cleaning products that are better for the environment and human health. Their full range is now certified under GECA’s Cleaning Products standard.
GECA is pleased to welcome our newest licensee, Elyptol™, under GECA’s latest standard for Personal Care Products. Elyptol’s products meet GECA’s strict criteria for lower environmental, health and social impacts. Elyptol’s antimicrobial moisturising hand sanitiser products are made from naturally derived ingredients and can be used by consumers and professionals.
GECA is starting the process of revising its Furniture & Fittings Level B standard (FFv2.0i-2006 mod 2010) as it has reached its validity date, and must be revised according to the GECA Scheme Rules. Due to overlap between the criteria of this standard and the Furniture Fittings & Foam Level A standard (FFFv2.1i-2010), both will be revised simultaneously.
Creating foam products with the environment in mind isn’t always an easy task. However, Joyce Foam is tackling the issue by using Variable Pressure Foam (VPF) technology at their production facility. This drastically reduces air emissions and solidifies Joyce Foam’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing.
GECA is pleased to welcome modulyss as one of our newest licensees! modulyss designs and produces modular carpet tiles for the contract market and now has a range of offerings certified under GECA’s Carpets standard, demonstrating a lower environmental, health and social impact.
Indesign: The Event has been held across 12 years, five cities, and 100,000 visitors, and is an opportuntity for boutique design houses and local creative talent from the architecture and design industries to come together. GECA is proud to be Silver Sponsor of this year’s Sydney Indesign event, which runs from 13-15 August 2015.
Italian furniture designers Moroso have recently gained GECA certification for a range of their designs. In Australia, Moroso is sold exclusively through Hub Furniture, alongside fellow GECA licensees Lowe Furniture. Both are certified under GECA’s Furniture, Fittings & Foam standard, representing a better and more ethical choice for the environment and human health.
Architects, interior designers, manufacturers and students have the opportunity to be globally recognised for specifying and creating interior products that are healthy for us and our environment.
GECA is pleased to have become a member of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a US-based global organisation of diverse participants working collaboratively to build a scientific foundation to improve the sustainability of consumer products.
Now entering its sixth year, the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo is the perfect environment to create new business efficiencies and opportunities. This year’s line-up of exhibitors and product offerings has a focus on sustainability with many presenting recycling and waste minimisation innovations.
In August 2015, HotHouse returns to the Powerhouse Museum with HotHouse LABs. HotHouse is offering workshops about sustainable buildings and waste with sister program of the Total Environment Centre, Smart Locale Ultimo-Pyrmont. Thanks to grant support from the City of Sydney, HotHouse LABs are FREE for organisations based or invested in the Ultimo-Pyrmont area.
Bevan Dooley, CEO of Integrated Green Energy, shares an initiative that turns waste plastic comprising unrecyclable, mixed polymer plastics into liquid diesel and petrol. The novel in-house technology, which has been employed for the last three years, cracks and fractionates the plastics into finished liquid fuels straight off the process.
The City of Melbourne recently introduced the Degraves Street Recycling Facility to deal with the issue of food waste. Prior to the recycling facility initiative, Degraves Street in Melbourne was producing 700kg of food waste a day with no levels of consistency in respects of recycling.
Australian plastic products manufacturer Italplast is the first to be certified under GECA’s recently released Recycled Products standard. A number of products from their e range and greenR ranges have met GECA’s criteria for environmental, health and social impact.
In a first for the Australian residential market, CSR Gyprock has recently announced the release of Gyprock Sensitive, a hypoallergenic plasterboard perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers. It’s also the first plasterboard to have both GECA certification (under the Panel Boards standard) and approval from the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program.
What can sustainability labels do to contribute to the wider global sustainability goals that we seek? How can standards have an influence beyond those certified under them? “A roadmap to change” was the theme for this year’s annual ISEAL Conference, held in Berlin from 20 - 22 May, and GECA’s Standards and Technical Manager, Shaila Divakarla, was there to join the discussion.
To be held in Brisbane 18 - 20 June 2015, SEE Sustainable Experience is focussed on protecting and promoting Queensland’s built environment by providing a unique showcase of sustainable products and solutions underpinned by education.
How can procurement professionals know exactly what constitutes sustainable or “green” procurement? Without a background in sustainable purchasing or a solid working knowledge of the surrounding issues, it can be challenging to know what sort of criteria to include in a policy document, or which products and services meet those criteria.
Sustainable Business Australia (SBA) is once again hosting the Fiona Wain Oration, now in its second year, on the 26th of May at the Art Gallery of NSW. The Oration will again be delivered by a leading Australian. Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council, will deliver her thoughts on the sustainability agenda and the future of our country.
The annual Banksia Awards are back in full swing and are accepting entries for 2015. The most prestigious sustainability awards in Australia are now in their 26th year, recognising environmental excellence and sustainability across a range of categories and sectors. The Banksia Awards are run by the not-for-profit Banksia Foundation, which works with community and industry to promote positive contributions to the environment.
GECA is pleased to welcome Lowe Furniture as a new licensee under our Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard! The Melbourne-based company prides itself on quality, dedicated craftsmanship, producing a range of beautiful wooden tables and boardroom furniture, custom-built to each client's specifications.
GECA is pleased to welcome cleaning products manufacturer Milestone Chemicals on board under our Cleaning Products standard. The company operates as a manufacturer, distributor and supplier of cleaning chemicals and accessories, and is wholly Australian owned and operated.
As the Green Building Council of Australia begins to streamline its systems for rating a range of different building projects, the previous ratings tools have now been relegated to ‘legacy’ status. This means new projects seeking a Green Star rating won’t be using the legacy tools, but existing projects that have already applied for certification or register before December 2015 can continue under the older tools.
Melocco Stone is the first company to have products certified under GECA's Hard Surfacing standard, paving the way for more tile and stone companies to have their products recognised with an ecolabel.
GECA is thrilled to welcome back Interia Systems, who have recently regained GECA certification for a range of their office furniture products. All certified furniture meets the Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, demonstrating a lower environmental and human health impact, as well as being socially responsible.
At GECA, we're pleased to welcome a new licensee from the cleaning products industry: Hunter Industrials. The company has successfully had a range of products certified under GECA's Cleaning Products standard, meaning they have a lower impact on the environment and human health.
Find out about how you can take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Korea (KAFTA), Japan (JAEPA), and China (ChAFTA) with a free seminar.
Parramatta City Council recently chose to use GECA certified furniture from Aspect Furniture Systems for its new Rydalmere Operations Centre. The council chose the 'Zurich 4' workstation, which is certified under GECA's Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard, demonstrating a lower environmental, health and social impact.
We're very pleased to welcome Novofibre as our latest licensee! Novofibre's key point of difference lies in its construction. The board is made from wheat straw and natural fibres, as well as formaldehyde-free p-MDI adhesive. It's a more sustainable solution to traditional wood panels and is now certified with GECA.
Plasterboard manufacturer CSR Gyprock has achieved another first for green building, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes. Gyprock is proudly the first manufacturer to be accredited under GECA's new Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants standard, released in September 2014.
GECA is pleased to welcome furniture designer and manufacturer, Arthur G, after several products met all the criteria of the Furniture and Fittings standard. Arthur G has a wide range of beautifully-styled furniture items - and they all have a lower impact on the environment and human health.
What are the benefits of having an ecolabel for tile and stone manufacturers? What's involved in the process - and how will certification affect sales? GECA recently spoke to Tile Today magazine to answer the important questions surrounding obtaining an ecolabel for tile and/or stone products.
A new standard for refrigerants from GECA has been released and is accepting applications for certification. GECA’s Refrigerants standard has been updated, with revised criteria to set new environmental benchmarks and reflect industry changes. Refrigerant manufacturers can choose to have their products certified against this standard to demonstrate their environmental, health and ethical credentials.
Despite their soft and cosy feeling under our feet, carpets can have a range of environmental and health impacts just like any other product. In fact, they can have considerably different criteria involved when it comes to assessing their environmental or health impacts compared to other types of flooring materials.
Unifor have added a stylish new addition to their list of GECA licensed furniture - the Physix Chair. It's a fusion of form and function, where ergonomic structure meets modern aesthetics. It's also a better choice for the environment, human health, and has a lower social impact, since it meets all the criteria of GECA's Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.
GECA is pleased to announce that steel office furniture manufacturer Brownbuilt is now a licensee! A range of furniture items successfully passed through the audit process and meet all the requirements of GECA's Furniture, Fittings and Foam standard.
GECA is pleased to welcome Bio Natural Solutions as one of our newest licensees for 2015. The Australian owned and operated cleaning solutions company was established in 2008 and provides a range of different specialised cleaning solutions, several of which are certified under GECA's Cleaning Products standard.
Three new standards for paper and recycled products from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) have been released and are accepting products for certification. GECA’s Paper and Stationery Products, Sanitary Paper Products and Recycled Products standards have been updated from previous standards, with an expanded scope and revised criteria to set new environmental benchmarks for the products they cover.
GECA is pleased to welcome some new licensees to start the new year. The first of these is Bosco Storage Solutions, an Australian manufacturer of commercial office storage solutions, offering four different GECA certified products under the Furniture and Fittings standard.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has welcomed two new senior leaders to help it better fulfil it’s mission to drive a substantial increase in the sustainability of consumption. Anna Scott has been appointed as Director of Innovation and Ben Waters as Director of Strategy. Anna and Ben will work with the GECA team to explore innovative ways to transform business and consumer demand for sustainable products and services.
GECA is pleased to welcome its newest licensee, FX Australia, who has recently achieved certification under the Paints and Coatings standard for a range of products. Over almost two decades, FX Australia has developed and refined its range of innovative and safe water-based coatings for use in the built environment.
Rugs Carpet & Design (RC&D) creates individual and exclusive custom rugs, carpets and flooring design solutions. The company has a range of stylish and environmentally-products certified with GECA under the Carpets standard. RC&D specialises in delivering unique, customised carpet products that meet their clients' colour, size and texture expectations.
Staples Australia and Staples New Zealand are part of the world's largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. They have a range of task and visitor chairs for the office certified with GECA under the Furniture and Fittings standard.
BGC Plasterboard has a range of plasterboard products certified under GECA's Panel Boards standard - great for an environmentally-preferable fitout or as part of a green building project.
Good Environmental Choice Australia has today announced that it has been awarded the internationally recognised GENICES accreditation by the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). GENICES recognition is awarded to ecolabelling schemes that meet international best practice. GECA is the only Australian ecolabelling scheme to be accredited with GENICES.
CSR Gyprock has added a range of new products to their list of GECA certified products, increasing the choices available for environmentally-preferable plasterboard. Their Supaceil, Impactchek, Soundchek, Fyrchek, Fyrchek MR, Shaft Liner, Aquachek, Perforated Plasterboard, and Standard Plasterboard products all now carry the GECA ecolabel and meet all the criteria of GECA's Panel Boards standard.
With 650 dealers operating across 126 countries and over $1 billion in global sales, Haworth has a significant presence in the world of workplace furniture. The company designs a range of seating, workstation systems, desks, tables, accessories, and other interiors for the modern office.
A new draft standard for refrigerants from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is now available for public comment. GECA’s Refrigerants standard has been updated, with revised criteria to set new environmental benchmarks and reflect industry changes. GECA welcomes comments on the standard from the public and industry professionals until 26 December.
Gregory Commercial Furniture was established in 1988 by Peter Gregory, a practicing physiotherapist. Comfortable, ergonomic design is at the core of all their furniture, coupled with high-quality manufacturing processes. Several of their products are certified under GECA's Furniture and Fittings standard.
Furniture producer Koskela has recently added a range of new items to their list of GECA certified products. New environmentally-preferable partitions, tables, workstations, sofas and ottomans are now available with the GECA tick of approval, with all products meeting the requirements of the Furniture and Fittings standard.
Need foam? GECA licensee Perth Foam has plenty of it, and their polyurethane foam range is certified under GECA's Furniture and Fittings standard, making it an environmentally-preferable choice. It's also Green Star applicable.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) would like to thank former CEO Rupert Posner for his invaluable contributions to the organisation. During his time as CEO of GECA, Rupert transformed the organisation, actively raising its profile and positioning it as one of the most influential and transparent ecolabelling organisations in Australia.
Wattyl is proud to be making a difference to a great number of Australian homes and major projects with its latest technology in surface coatings. The company sells a range of GECA certified paints and coatings, giving customers an environmentally-preferable option to cover their walls or provide a satin finish to timber surfaces.
GECA licensee Gregbar Office Furniture has recently added three new items to its list of certified products. The Eco Mobile Pedestals, Eco Caddys and Eco Tambour Door Cupboard have all met the requirements of the Furniture and Fittings standard.
CSM Storage and Filing Solutions is an Australian owned company that has been manufacturing high quality steel office and commercial storage systems for 60 years. It provides a series of solutions for your storage needs, with products such as metal storage cabinets, mobile pedestals, mobile shelving units, storage walls and systems shelving.
KE-ZU specialises in the sales, marketing and distribution of high quality residential and contract furniture throughout Australia. Since 1992 it has supplied stylish designs from a range of countries around the world, such as Spain, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and France, among others. The company aims to provide furniture that helps people live, work and relax better.
Are you a young professional hoping to work in the green building industry? Check out the Green Building Council of Australia's Future Green Leaders LIVE launch event, which is part of the annual World Green Building Week celebrations.
Woods Educational Furniture has been making student chairs, stools, lockers and desks for Australian schools since 1953. The company offers a wide range of GECA certified school furniture, available under GECA's Furniture and Fittings standard.
In the context of furniture, the term “chrome” usually refers to a thin layer of electroplated chromium applied to a surface. It is highly durable, extremely hard and highly resistant to rust. Unfortunately, there are some significant hazards to both the environment and human health where the use of chrome is concerned.
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).
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.
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.