GECA

Green Certification Services

Transparent and independently audited for ultimate peace of mind when purchasing Since 2000 we’ve been dedicated to enabling architects, specifiers, procurement professionals and consumers to make good choices for their clients and the environment. Our scheme was the first of its kind in Australia, and has more Australian certified products than any other scheme. We empower architects, builders, designers and consumers to have confidence in their purchasing decisions, and trust GECA certified products to be healthier, safer, and better for the environment. We’ve developed our own rigorous standards, following ISO 14024 principles for global best practise in ecolabelling, which are then independently audited by JAS-ANZ accredited Conformance Assessment Bodies before a product can achieve GECA certification.
Specialties

Ecolabelling, Environmental standards development, Environmentally preferable product and service certification, Helping businesses avoid ‘greenwashing’, Life Cycle Assessment, Good Environmental Choice Australia

Industry

Green Certification Services

Country

Australia

Company address

Suite G01 15 Belvoir Street , Surry Hills, NSW 2010

5 points

Eco friendly

GECA releases new standards for furniture and fittings

GECA releases new standards for furniture and fittings

19 Oct 2017

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has released the updated and significantly revised versions of its two furniture standards. Both standards have been officially recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with the Furniture, Fittings, Foam and Mattresses standard at Level A and the Furniture and Fittings standard at Level B.

“Currently, more than three-quarters of all GECA certified products fall under one of the two furniture standards,” said GECA’s Standards and Technical Manager, Shaila Divakarla. “It’s great to see so many furniture and fittings manufacturers on the market who are committed to making products with lower environmental, health and social impacts – and we’re very excited to see a growing interest in certification from mattress manufacturers.”

Key changes to the standards include:

  • Inclusion of mattresses within the scope of the Furniture, Fittings & Foam (Level A) standard
  • Improved alignment between both furniture standards and simplification of wording for some criteria
  • Changes to material requirements for fabrics and adhesives
  • Addition of a new criterion addressing issues of supply chain and human rights
  • Organotin (tin) catalysts no longer allowed
  • Changed requirements regarding product warranty periods in Level A standard
  • Stricter requirements for emissions, especially for formaldehyde in the Level A standard
  • New requirements for Documents of Conformance in the Level B standard

The manufacture, use and disposal of furniture products can have a negative environmental impact caused by anything from the choice of raw materials used, to coatings, textiles, and adhesives. Manufacturers may use hazardous treatments or may be managing their energy and water use poorly during production. GECA certification demonstrates that a product meets strict criteria for environmental, health and social impacts.

The updated standards have been developed following a public comment period and consultations with industry professionals on the Technical Advisory Group.

To request a copy of the standard, please register your details here.

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Director

Zureli Pte Ltd

Tim Worthington

Director

It is always a pleasure working with all the team members from GECA. We offer our support and which GECA huge success with their Positive Procurement pledge

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Paula Clasby

Paula Clasby

Marketing Manager

paula@geca.org.au

Paula is a marketing professional with extensive experience in business strategy, communication and project management. She has worked in various roles (including corporate health and safety, advertising, marketing and hospitality), that involved delivering creative direction and marketing management. Her interest in health and environmental issues saw Paula working in corporate health for ten years, in a mix of management, marketing and editorial roles and playing an integral part in corporate health change. Paula draws on her skills and strong interest in environmental and health issues to market GECA’s vision for a society in which people demand sustainable products and services.

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