GECA Certification (Good Environmental Choice Australia)

– What is GECA certification

GECA Certification

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA certification) helps consumers identify which products are environmentally preferable so they can select sustainable products which won’t harm the earth.

They do that by running an internationally recognised green certification program which assesses how well businesses, services and products meet GECA standards.  GECA developed their standards according to ISO 14024 principles for global best practice in Type 1 ecolabelling.  GECA is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network.

Who is GECA certification suitable for?

GECA certification is important for all businesses selling products and services which have the least environmental impact over their life cycle. It applies to products such as personal care items, cleaning products, flooring, furniture and building materials.  Lately companies have shifted towards producing environmentally friendly paints, coating and ink products.  GECA certification and its standards will distinguish these products from the rest.

Why should my company be interested in GECA?

The consumer preference for products and services which don’t harm the environment is not a trend that will go away.  More and more people are becoming aware of the price the earth is paying for our consumer choices.  Now they consciously look for and choose products which appear to be less harmful to the environment.

When your products and services receive GECA’s eco label, it is proof that they are a better choice for the environment.

In addition to clear proof that your products and services meet world standards for best practice in sustainability and environmental consideration, the benefits are:

  • Access to Green Star projects (an initiative of the Green Building Council of Australia)
  • Access to government procurement opportunities
  • A competitive edge in business.
  • Clear authority in your industry.
  • International recognition of your standards.
  • Recognition by government agencies, NGOs, procurement and building industry professionals.
  • A more cost-efficient business through reduction of water usage and waste.
  • A competitive edge in business.
  • The attention of consumers who will make you their first purchase choice.

Position yourself as the eco choice for your industry and the consumers will shop with you.

What are the benefits of GECA certification?

In addition to clear proof that your products and services meet world standards for best practice in sustainability and environmental consideration, the benefits are:

  • A competitive edge in business.
  • Clear authority in your industry.
  • International recognition of your standards.
  • Recognition by government agencies, NGOs, procurement and building industry professionals.
  • A more cost-efficient business through reduction of water usage and waste.
  • The attention consumers who will make you their first purchase choice.

How do I become GECA certified?

To meet GECA standards, products and services must demonstrate reduced environmental impacts across aspects their life cycle.

The certification process begins once your company submits an application.  Your products and processes are reviewed and assessors will look for reduced environmental impacts across aspects their life cycle.

Once your audit is complete and you have successfully met GECA standards, you will receive your certification.

Why choose Integrated Compliance Solutions to help you achieve GECA certification?

Integrated Compliance Solutions’ consultants have a wide range of industry experience so we can always find you a consultant who is ideal for you and who understands your business.  We understand GECA requirements.  Integrated Compliance Solutions commits to preparing your system to guarantee compliance AND successful ISO Certification.

Our experience and expertise not only smooths the certification process, it improve your business and save you money as we identify areas for improvement and train your staff to maintain new systems and processes.  We can see what you can’t and we know how to deal with it.

Save time and money by choosing Integrated Compliance Solutions to guide you to GECA certification.

For more information about GECA and ecolabelling view the GECA FAQ sheet.

GECA Certification FAQs

What is a GECA Ecolabel?

Awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, Green Star is Australia’s mark of quality in the environmental design and construction of sustainable buildings and communities. GECA was the first organisation to be recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia for product certification schemes. GECA audits and assesses products and services against impact on the environment and sustainability.

Products and services that meet the exacting standards are awarded GECA’s Ecolabel, giving proof that they are a better choice for the environment.

Good Environmental Choice Australia follows the ISO 14024 standard which requires that products and services have reduced environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle.

GECA’s Ecolabelling indicates that the products are Green Star compliant, making it easy for designers and builders to make the right choice for their purposes.

What is ISO 14024?

ISO 14024 sets out the guidelines for developing programmes to assess the environmental attributes of a product. It specifies global best practice by which ecolabelling is assessed. That means that it sets an international criterion by which all products are measured, leading to worldwide consistency.

The standards set out three types of ecolabels:

  • Type I: a multi-attribute ecolabel developed by a third party
  • Type II: a single-attribute ecolabel developed by the producer themselves
  • Type III: an ecolabel based on a full life-cycle assessment

Type 1 has the most credibility because an independent party conducts the assessment.

Will GECA certified products help my Green Star rating?

They certainly will. Products that meet the Green Star performance criteria can contribute towards the points needed for Green Star certification.

The GECA site lists the standards that are recognised for Green Star:

  • 28-2010 v2.1 – ‘Furniture, Fittings & Foam’ – Level A recognition;
  • 50-2011 v2 – ‘Carpets’ – Level A recognition;
  • 25-2011 v2 – ‘Floor Coverings’ – Level A recognition;
  • 04-2011 v2 – ‘Panel Boards’ – Level A recognition;
  • 40-2008 v1.1 – ‘Hard Surfacing’ – Level A recognition;
  • 28-2006 Modified 2010 v2 – ‘Furniture and Fittings’ – Level B recognition

One closed GECA standard is recognised for Green Star:

  • 28-2010 v2 – ‘Furniture and Fittings’ – Level A recognition
How do my products become certified?

Integrated Compliance Solutions can prepare your system to guarantee ISO compliance and successful Certification by an external body. GECA Certification is a three-step process.

  • First you make your application.
  • Next, your product and processes are independently audited against recommended standards.
  • Finally, the results are sent to Good Environmental Choice Australia for a final review. If you have been successful, your product or service will receive certification.

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