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GECA partners with The Sustainability Consortium

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.

GECA now has access to the valuable resources developed by TSC and can help Australian businesses benefit from their extensive and detailed research, tools and services, including general and customised training. Read more.

New Green Tradies Program Launched


Thousands of tradespeople and trade contractors will now be able to receive training in sustainability through a new program called ‘Green Tradies™’, developed by the Green Building Institute. GECA is proud to be a partner of the course.

The Green Tradies™ Program has been developed especially for trade contractors wanting to ‘green’ their business and learn how to choose and recommend sustainable materials. It is also designed to help contractors looking to gain contracts on green building projects such as Green Star, and HIA GreenSmart. Read more.

Is buying Australian a guarantee of quality?

Buying Australian-made products makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.

After all, there are several obvious benefits, such as supporting local industry and, in turn, the Australian economy.

There are also obvious environmental benefits to buying locally-produced products. But when looking at these products, it is important to ask what it means for a product to be “Australian made.” Read more.

How to build an eco-friendly apartment on a budget

Eco-friendly living doesn’t have to come at huge expense or at the cost of convenience. It can also look simply like any other DIY home renovation work done by ordinary people on a budget.

One Sydney couple chose to renovate a double garage space into a 'granny flat'-style apartment, using as many eco-friendly materials as they could. Over the next few weeks, GECA will be posting updates that follow the renovation process from start to finish. You can read the rest of the introduction here or dive into the first stage: installing insulation.

Be recognised for your sustainability achievements

If you've recently completed or participated in a design project with a strong sustainable focus, there are some fantastic opportunities for your achievements to be recognised.

International Green Interior Awards

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.

Enter projects and products into the International Green Interior Awards.

Entries close 31 August 2015 so be quick! International Green Interior Awards are proudly supported by Good Environmental Choice Australia.

Banksia Awards

The annual Banksia Awards are back in full swing and are accepting entries for 2015.

The awards recognise environmental excellence and sustainability across a range of categories and sectors and are run by the not-for-profit Banksia Foundation, which works with community and industry to promote positive contributions to the environment.

For a full list of entry requirements, see the Banksia Foundation website and get your entry in by 11 September 2015.

What's new with GECA

This month, check out Moroso and modulyss as our newest licensees, and newly certified products from Direct Ergonomics.

We're also pleased to welcome back Hufcor, the world's largest manufacturer of operable partitions, glass walls and washroom cubicle systems. Hufcor is unique in offering GECA certified corporate bathroom fitout solutions, as well as having a range of other walling system products. See their certified products here.

modulyss designs and produces modular carpet tiles for the contract market and now has a range of offerings certified under GECA’s Carpets standard. Read more.

Italian company Moroso has recently gained GECA certification under Furniture, Fittings and Foam, and can be purchased in Australia through Hub Furniture. Read more.

You now have even more GECA certified products from Direct Ergonomics to choose from! The company recently added close to 20 new office chairs and seating products to their GECA certified list.

Inside Joyce Foam’s production facility

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, also reflected in their GECA certification. Read more or watch a video of the process.

GECA to revise Furniture standards

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. Read more for information on how this might affect you.

Sydney Indesign 2015 on now!

Australia's biggest design event, Sydney Indesign 2015, is happening right now! Don't miss out on your chance to attend this weekend, 13-15 August.

Many outstanding design brands exhibiting this year are certified with GECA's ecolabel. Follow the GECA eco trail between 13-15 August to find out more about these exhibitors and their certified products. Plus, you have the chance to WIN $1000 to spend at one of their stores!