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.
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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 and commercial manufacturing, excluding consumer/office glues.
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.
Solutions - Sealers for Stone & Tile are proud Australian manufacturers that produce a variety of quality sealing products to protect and enhance masonry surfaces including natural stone, concrete pavers, porcelain tiles and grout.
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.
Herbon was founded in 1982 (formerly known as Puren Australia) by an industrial chemist who was actively involved in the research and development of environmentally preferable and allergy free products.
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.
A 100% Australian company, Nikpol is a leading Australian supplier of cabinet materials and hardware, decorative surfaces, appliances, drawer systems, doors and hinges.
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.