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GECA welcomes Kate Harris as new CEO

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is delighted to welcome Kate Harris as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Harris joins GECA after six years at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including the last two years as CEO, and is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kate Harris as GECA’s new CEO,” said Gordon Renouf, chair of GECA.

“With her vision, passion for sustainability and leadership qualities Kate is the perfect choice to implement GECA’s bold new mission to increase business and consumer demand for and supply of sustainable products and services nationally.” Read more.

How to streamline your GECA audit: Clean Plus Chemicals

Product manufacturers going through the certification process with GECA need to go through an auditing process, where external third-party auditors make sure their products conform to all the criteria of the relevant standard.

In the case of Clean Plus Chemicals, the audit process took just three weeks, certifying nine products under two different standards. So what helped their audit go so smoothly? Read the full story here.

New licensee: Tersano Australia

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. The resulting 'aqueous ozone' eliminates germs, odours, stains, mould and other contaminants from any item or surface before changing back into water and oxygen. Read more.

SD2015: a day to celebrate sustainability

SD2015, Australia’s annual sustainability focussed event, brings together business, government, NGOs and academia for one day to discuss, debate and celebrate sustainable development.

Hear from some great speakers at the SBA CEO Forum, followed by panel sessions with Australian CEOs exploring the opportunities and challenges represented by Climate Action and SDGs.

Then check out the Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists in the afternoon, followed by the awards presentation in the evening, where you can join the celebrations at a Gala Cocktail Function.

The event will be held in Sydney on 13 November. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Consumers want clearer, trustworthy product labelling

Consumers want to see more sustainability information clearly labelled on product packaging, but they want it to be easier to understand and genuinely trustworthy, according to a recent survey of American consumers.

Read the full story here, and remember that the GECA ecolabel provides an easy, credible way to choose products with a lower environmental, health and social impact.

International Green Interior Awards night

The International Green Interior Awards Night 2015 is a great opportunity to network in a relaxed fun atmosphere, eat great food, drink delicious wine and celebrate green achievements.

It's a time get behind those industry professionals who are creating amazing green interior spaces and those manufacturers who intertwine innovation and sustainability.

Winners for all nine award categories and an overall winner will be announced during the evening.

The event will be held at 6pm on Thursday, 5 November at BMW Sydney, 65 Craigend Street, Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales. Get your tickets now to take advantage of Early Bird rates! For more information click here.

Garage Sale Trail 2015

Garage Sale Trail is one big day of Garage Sales happening right across Australia, on Saturday October 24th.

Now in it’s fifth year, the award winning Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest reuse event.  The event is all about sustainability, meeting the neighbours, having fun, and making money while you’re at it!

Everyone can get involved and it’s free for sellers and shoppers.

What can we learn from the VW emissions scandal?

The Volkswagen emissions test scandal was unearthed by an independent third party. This highlights the importance and role of third party certification and that even big brands should not be complacent.

For consumers and B2B purchasers, a reputable third-party certification label such as the GECA ecolabel can serve as a reliable translator of environmental, health and ethical claims, as well as conveying a higher level of trust in that brand where greenwashing is prevalent.