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Our comprehensive standards are designed to recognise environmentally responsible products and services

We believe in adhering to global best practice when assessing, testing and independently auditing products, materials and services for the Australian market.

As the pioneers in Australian ecolabelling, we follow the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14024 standard. It sets out the global principles and procedures we then use to develop our own standards for GECA ecolabels.

As such, we’ve achieved GENICES recognition from the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) for our work in this field.

GECA’s standards are recognised by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), and many are recognised at Level A by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Many also contribute to the WELL Building Institute and NABERS (office Indoor Air Quality).

We consult widely throughout our transparent standard development process

We’ve developed a consistent development process that begins again each time we identify a potential new standard.

This process is completely transparent and comprehensive, and we consult with multiple groups throughout, including stakeholders, industry experts and the general public.

There are 4 steps involved:

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From time to time, standards will need reviewing to ensure they remain relevant

Our industry is constantly evolving, and we believe it’s vital that we continue to monitor our standards for relevance. This means that our standards are reviewed every seven years or earlier occasionally something will change and we will need to undertake a review process.

This is as transparent and comprehensive as the initial development process, only this time our technical advisory group (TAG) includes current licensees as well as industry experts and stakeholders.

There are also 4 steps to a standard review:

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We’re always looking to develop new standards, so talk to us if your product isn’t already covered

If you can’t find a standard that applies for your product then talk to us – we might be able to show you which ones apply, or if one doesn’t then we may be interested in developing one for your industry.

We’re a multi-sector ecolabelling program, and aim to develop standards wherever there is demand – so we welcome formal Expressions of Interest to assess the feasibility of developing a standard to cover your product.

Contact us at standards@geca.org.au and we’ll do our best to help.

Learn more about the benefits of environmental certification for your products by reading our casestudies

GECA has helped countless Australian businesses obtain certification

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What our clients say about us

The entire everroll range of rubber flooring is certified under the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Floor Covering Standard. It achieves a Level A 100 per cent item score in the GBCA Fitout Calculators Guide v1 for Flooring. We chose to become GECA certified because we feel that it is important to communicate to consumers that we take environmental responsibility seriously and GECA helps us do this. As well as its sustainable properties, everroll offers architects and designers other benefits including durability, sound absorption, slip resistance, modular designs, aesthetic appeal and comfort.

Amy Ghassibe
REGUPOL

When Sheldon Commercial Interiors was appointed to design the new offices for world renowned company Faber-Castell it was excited by the opportunity to incorporate the bright palette of colours in a bold new interior. The new fit-out also presented a great opportunity for designer Tara Gunasekera to incorporate environmentally sustainable design initiatives including the specification of a great range of GECA certified products including the innovative Logic system. Using environmentally preferable GECA certified products is something we try to achieve as often as possible. We recognise the importance of introducing better products for the environment in the commercial sphere and this is integral to our design philosophy.

David Monardo, Sales Director
SHELDON

Fitting out such a large project with sustainably preferable furniture is rewarding. That a well-renowned and international company would choose to use GECA certified Office Link Group furniture is exciting and without doubt, a step in the right direction for improving sustainability in the workplace. The whole work zone looks great — the architect has done a wonderful job of creating the space. With the addition of the sustainably preferable products that are proven to improve the health and wellbeing of those in the workspace, it is now a really nice place to work.

Vern Currie
OFFICE LINK GROUP

Being an environmentally aware business, we needed a way to ensure, adhere and implement sustainably preferable strategies into our business plan. The team at GECA is co-operative and their guidance ensured that we not only complied with green standards, but exceeded them. The process is credible and well-received in the market place and ensures that we are set apart from the not-so-genuine ‘greenwashing’ companies.

Donna McMullen, Director 
DIRECT ERGONOMICS

GECA is seen by major clients across Australia and internationally to be a credible organisation that provides certification to forward thinking companies that seek to maintain and further environmental standards. Envirofluid is glad to be associated with the GECA label”.

Lydia Ohlmeyer, Marketing and Operations Manager
ENVIROFLUID

Having GECA certification gives added credibility to our already strong Europlank brand. The GECA ecolabel confirms that Havwoods Europlank has been rigorously assessed for its impact over its life cycle and it is safer for our clients, their families and colleagues. When you choose Havwoods GECA certified Europlank you can have confidence in the environmental and health claims of this product range.

David Hickson, General Manager
HAVWOODS

Clients say it’s GECA or nothing. If you don’t have GECA certification it’s a negative. GECA certification is a priority for Haworth.

John Stamoulos
HAWORTH

GBCA Green Star projects are a fantastic way of promoting environmentally aware developments that benefit all parties involved. Jardan is committed to the advertisement of eco-labelling as a means of encouraging sustainable practice,

Andy Collins, Design Assistant
JARDAN

Our GECA certified EcoWorx carpet tiles ticked all the boxes. Certified with the highest level of GECA certification and a Green Star Level A product rating according to the Green Building Council of Australia, EcoWorx carpet tiles are 100 per cent PVC free and are backed with an environmental guarantee for reclamation and recycling. We chose to get GECA certified because people are demanding sustainable products and here in Australia GECA helps demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. This design focused product is also durable and low-maintenance enabling it to withstand the unique demands of a healthcare environment.

Allison Trebilcock, specification consultant
SHAW CONTRACT GROUP

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