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CHANGING THE WAY WE SEE PRODUCTS FOREVER … Get ready for the next generation of authentic product information

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Consumer concern for product transparency is a significant problem for the built environment industries but Global GreenTag International is set to present the market with a solution.

GreenTag is launching an important new transparency tool for delving into product information that is going to empower manufacturers and building professionals to deliver projects with a level of transparency that has never been seen before.

The conscious consumer is on the rise, says Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs.  We need to change the way we see products forever. Consumers are making it their business to ask for trustworthy, authentic product information and, especially if it concerns risks that are associated with products that are selected for the buildings they are going to occupy.

Unveiling the new tool at a  Media Launch on the opening day of Total Facilities 2017 David Baggs is going reveal how the new tool will work, to:

  • Build greater market trust in manufacturers whose brands are certified with the new tool;
  • Increase the integrity of firms, building professionals and facility managers who use the tool in designing and specifying on projects – and work in systems like Green Star, WELL, LEED and Living Building Challenge;
  • Simplify complex but critical product information that all stakeholders can easily understand and communicate with greater confidence and,
  • Influence bigger changes for the built environment industries in Australia and throughout the world.
Media Launch Details – at Total Facilities 2017

Wednesday 29 March
11:00 am – 12:30am
Room 5.3 (Level 5)
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour

REGISTER FOR LAUNCH HERE 

(limited placed available)

For further information, please contact: Debra Robertson

Email marketing@globalgreentag.com   I Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

About David Baggs:  

David Baggs is CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM  and a multi-award winning green building architect and world renowned sustainability and materials expert with over 35 years experience.

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and one of the Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David also is a Member of the American Chemical Society, an Exemplar Global Lead Auditor and a Past President of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

About Global GreenTag:  

Global GreenTag Certification standards are recognised in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Africa and SE Asia and in over 70 other countries.  GreenTag is also the only sustainable building product related certification scheme approved in Australia by the ACCC.

The Global GreenTag certification mark is  the first ecolabel in the world to  implement a unique ‘Beyond LCA’ life cycle assessment (LCA) and the first ever to provide a  ‘Net Positive’ benefit analysis to certify and rate green buildings and interiors.

Some of world’s most iconic brands, including Interface, Polyflor, Laminex, Desso, Dunlop, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Vertilux, Verosol, CSR, Herman Miller and Schiavello are backed by GreenTag certification.

 

LCA Specialist Comes to GreenTag

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Global GreenTag’s full-time  Product Certification Team are now all multi-degree graduates and we are happy to welcome a brilliant new  member to the team  – Nana Bortsie-Aryee

Nana has a considerable  track record in sustainability and environmental management on the global stage in both developed and developing countries.  He has applied his skills as an LCA, industrial ecology  researcher and solutions provider in projects from Africa to the United States to Germany, Eastern Europe, Asia and more recently, in New Zealand.

Nana has authored and co-authored  a number of publications concerned with the integration of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and practices. He holds a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Unviersity of Ghana,  two Masters degrees from Germany and Japan,  and he is soon to receive his Doctorate  degree  from the University of Otago, New Zealand on a thesis titled: Water Footprinting: Theory to Reality – Building competitive advantage around water management in New Zealand Livestock Agriculture

Experienced in planning and implementation of transdisciplinary sustainable projects, sustainability assessments and strategy development, including material flow analysis and comprehensive data management, Nana’s interests encompass the growth of renewable energy systems, clean technologies, sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, industrial material flow management and regional material flow management.

We asked Nana some questions:

 

What and or who inspired you to follow the sustainability path?

It was the fact that natural resources in my home country were being used without consideration of the environment and the negative impact on the health and livelihoods of the locals.

How important is LCA in product certification?

LCA causes companies to show proof of their processes from an environmental perspective and also improves transparency for product certification.

What is the significance of the tools that GreenTag has developed as part of it’s certification standard?

Companies need to show proof of answers in their Sustainability Declarations and the GreenTag certification approach provides a range of tools which use key sustainability indicators to investigate the progress made on these declarations.

And, why did you choose GreenTag to join?

GreenTag is a major reputable sustainability auditing brand that has its processes and procedures based on recognised international standards. Based on my training, this is a perfect organisation to continue to grow as a sustainability practitioner. The organisation also allows for growth and is perfect for me in terms of their long term growth strategy and my career direction.

What is your message to manufacturers?

Sustainability is not just talk, it can be done and we can help you achieve that through our processes.

AN EXTRA LAYER OF TRUST FOR GREENTAG CERTIFIED PRODUCTS … GreenTag is NOW Verified ISO 17065 and ISO 9001:2008

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Global GreenTag International certification has stepped up to another league with external international standards recognition by certification body DNV-GL .  The announcement propels  the GreenTag  eco-label and certification mark – already the most advanced in Australia – to a new level of industry  trust around the globe, which is great news for GreenTag certified products!

As a leading conformance body, GreenTag now holds external verification that is compliant to  ISO 17065 (pertaining to the rules for certification bodies) and ISO 9001:2008 (pertaining to the quality management system of GreenTag’s certification processes).   The GreenTag  certification mark was already externally verified to ISO 14024 by the certification body Compass in 2015.

To be Externally Verified at these ISO standards adds an additional layer of confidence for GreenTag   – providing assurance for manufacturers who submit their products to be certified by the label and also for industry professionals, government bodies  and GreenTag certified product end users.

Gaining  DNV-GL  Verification also assures the market that GreenTag  assessors are competent to carry out certification procedures at the high levels  that have  been set by the Global GreenTag International Certification Standard V.4  and also the rules set out for  Peer Review Assessments.

Speaking on the announcement, GreenTag’s Co-Founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs states that it has always been critical that GreenTag stands out as an independent and scientifically robust certification body and also as an innovative label.

GreenTag is a certification leader in many ways.  In Australia, it is the only ACCC approved certification mark in the building sector.   GreenTag is also renowned for being  the  first certifier  in the world to introduce  Life Cycle Analysis and Beyond LCA assessment.

GreenTag’s  team of product assessors and the label’s National Advisory Committee, says David, are continuously guided by GreenTag’s mission to protect and regenerate natural systems and resources by supporting manufacturers, professionals and consumers with certification standards and metrics that encourage growth and greater market demand for healthy, safe and earth friendly products.

The GreenTag mission  is commensurate in many ways, says David, with the high standards of DNV-GL, whose  purpose  is to help make the world safer, smarter and greener.  “GreenTag’s aim is to offer product certification at the highest levels and our goal is to keep pushing those levels higher. We already have some new developments in the pipeline.”

“We have not ceased our development to improve the GreenTag certification system since we launched in 2010, and this is why we apply to one of the toughest auditing firms in the world to verify our processes.”

“We want GreenTag to be a leader in the certification field. To be that, it is crucial that we also submit GreenTag’s internal processes to undergo the same high level of scrutiny for  transparency and  information disclosure that we place on product claims and take manufacturers through.”

GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

GreenTag Brands Most Trusted

 

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Global GreenTag and brands under certification blitzed the Top 100 most trusted companies and products in Australia in 2016, taking  23% of the winner’s pie, including  first place for GreenTag manufacturer  Weathertex.  GreenTag  is proud to have also won a coveted place  by being the only eco-label to make the Top 100 brands  in the reader’s poll held annually  by Architecture & Design.

A fantastic vote all round for certified,  healthier, environmentally friendly and safer building products.

Weathertex who boasts two exemplar GreenTag certified Platinum and Gold products streaked ahead to take the overall Number 1 position as Australia’s most trusted brand, ahead of  some industry giants.  Weathertex, also topped  the Exterior Wall Materials category in the A&D survey.

Commenting on Weathertex’s win, Managing Director, Jason O’Hagan, emphasises that “Weathertex has made it easier for the environmentally conscious designers, architects and builders

that are still wanting a durable, high quality and easy to install product.”

He also adds: “It most certainly pays to be with such an advanced Certification Mark as GreenTag”.

Impressively, GreenTag was also thrilled to see The Laminex Group join Weathertex in the Top 10 as the Number 7 most trusted brand in the poll.

GreenTag certified & under-certification winners who took out most trusted brands in other categories were:

The Laminex Group with 19 products certified by Global GreenTag were voted the most trusted company from which to buy in the category of Laminates, Solid Surfaces & Veneers.  

Armstrong Flooring with 9 GreenTag certified products were voted tops to be trusted in the Floors & Flooring category.

Kingspan Insulation with 5 GreenTag certified products won the top most trusted Insulation company as well as coming in at Number 13 out of the top 100 trusted brands overall.

Vertilux with 7 Gold rated GreenTag certified products pulled off the number 1 trusted position for purchasing  Window Furnishings.

Assa Abloy  with products currently under certification with GreenTag  topped the Security category.

With 341 nominated brands and a total of 13,456 votes counted, Architecture & Design said the 2016 Trusted Brands survey, produced their biggest result yet.

OVERALL in  2016  …  GreenTag  had 22 companies and brands, plus it’s own brand, win positions in  A&D’s Top 100.

FIND OUT MORE about these amazing, progressive manufacturers who are leading examples of sustainable product design:

Weathertex http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/weathertex/

The Laminex Group  http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/the-laminex-group/

Kingspan Insulation http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/kingspan-insulation/

CSR Bradford  http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/csr-bradford/

Polytec http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/polytec/

USG Boral http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/usg-boral/

Carter Holt Harvey  http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/carter-holt-harvey-woodproducts-australia/

Altro Safety Flooring http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/altro-apac-pty-ltd/

Kingspan Insulated Panels http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/kingspan-insulated-panels/

Armstrong Ceilings http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/armstrong-world-industries-ceiling-division/

Stormtech http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/stormtech/

Autex http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/autex-pty-ltd/

Polyflor Australia http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/polyflor-australia/

Billi http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/billi-pty-ltd/

Schiavello Group http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/schiavello-group/

Knauf Insulation http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/knauf-insulation/

Knauf Plasterboard http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/knauf-plasterboard/

Vertilux http://globalgreentag.cn/manufacturer/vertilux-coporation-pty-ltd/

Earthwool http://globalgreentag.cn/products/earthwool-range-unfaced/

Assa Abloy http://www.assaabloy.com.au/en/local/au/

Innowood  Australia Pty Ltd http://innowood.com/

Gunnersen Pty Ltd  https://www.gunnersens.com.au/

 

What Readers Said Who Voted For Global GreenTag ?

GreenTag thanks everyone who voted for our brand in the Architecture & Design poll.  We are thrilled with our result and appreciate those below who took the time to add their reasons why they voted us as a Trusted brand and Certification Mark.

“This company works with integrity, with a deep sense of truthful responsibility and commitment. Conscious, consistent contribution to increasing a safe and healthy planetary environment is the reason this company is my Top Trusted brand. This label gives assurance of top quality research and workmanship. – Lynne P

 

 

“Their sole reason for being is to be a reliable, trusted source of insight into locally and internationally sourced eco products. Their integrity is the brand. – Marnie O

 

“Because they are independent, have a scientifically based approach and have a demonstrated track record of excellence to make our living environments safe and more sustainable. – Glen C

Meet the NAC: Bill Statham Author of The Chemical Maze

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Researcher and Author Bill Statham has contributed considerably to making a positive difference to the lives of people through education about the alarming presence of additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics that have the potential to cause discomfort and ill health.

If people recognise this problem, says Bill, then they have freedom of choice and for many, being informed about their product choices can bring a new lease of life.

Author of The Chemical Maze, The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion and the online App: The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion,  Bill is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for the ongoing development  of our certification standard for Cleaning and Personal Products.

Bill studied and practised homeopathy both in Australia and the UK for over ten years.  During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by synthetic chemicals in the foods we eat and cosmetic products we use every day.

Indeed, adds Bill, several of the synthetic additives lawfully allowed in processed food products have been shown over the last 40 or so years to cause or exacerbate symptoms and conditions like hyperactivity, asthma, learning difficulties, headache and migraine, behavioural problems, sleep disorders and organ damage.

“What is more disturbing, is that studies have been shown some additives to be unsafe for human consumption. Scientific studies are bearing witness to what parents have known for many years‚ that certain food additives can adversely affect children’s behaviour and learning ability,” says Bill.

“The first seven or so years of a child’s life are critical to establishing a foundation on which they build their future health, relationship and career paths. If these precious moments are distorted and ultimately lost by the unnecessary addition to their diets of synthetic chemical additives, they can never be regained. Today’s informed consumers are no longer content to accept that all the additives and ingredients in foods and personal care and cosmetic products are benign and therefore can do no harm.”

Bill continues to campaign to increase awareness.  The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion App, he says, was produced to make it simpler and easier for consumers to recognise safe foods, cosmetics and personal care products.

Read more about Bill’s Chemical Maze initiative HERE

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Personal Products are:

Professional Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenery – Australian Certified Organic

Universities

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

 

Other members of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Cleaning Products are:

Professional Associations:

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Barbara Connelly  – Building Service Contractors Association

Industry Associations:

Matt King – National Cleaning Suppliers Association

Meriel Chamberlin  – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Bridget Gardener – Green Sash

Universities:          

Greg Miller – Griffith University

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

Join Global GreenTag at Total Facilities 2017

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Total Facilities, 29 – 30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

Total Facilities presents two-days of discussion and discovery for FM and like-minded professionals.  It combines Australia’s largest offering of innovative facility products and services with forward-thinking strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance. A thriving exhibition floor featuring over 150 leading brands will showcase real solutions to meet operational challenges, whilst free-to-attend educational seminars offering bold perspectives and latest FM thinking will raise methodologies to drive business performance. Join Australia’s largest community of FM minds for unrivalled networking and engaging discussion for enhancing our living-working environments.

Find out more at totalfacilities.com.au.

GreenTag Certified Weathertex Voted #1 Most Trusted Brand in Australia!

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Weathertex has taken FIRST PLACE in Architecture & Design’s annual Top Trusted Brands readers’ survey for 2016. The much anticipated poll reveals Australia’s 100 best brands in the architecture, building, construction and design industries.

The GreenTag certified Australian company came out on top from 341 nominated brands and a total of 13,456 votes as Australia’s favourite building product brand.

GreenTag also made it into the top 100 trusted brands along with twenty three other nominated GreenTag related brands.

“Green certification is certainly making an impact, “ says David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO.  “We are thrilled for Weathertex’s result and also that 24% of all products in  the Top 100 are GreenTag clients.  Not to mention our own improved performance and presence as the only Product Certification Program in this year’s Top 100 most trusted brands.   You can’t beat #1 position, however, and Weathertex, which achieved a GreenTag Platinum certified status in 2016 as well,  most definitely deserves this level of recognition by the industry.”

The 2016 survey revealed the common themes associated with a trusted brand, includes great service, products and reliability – as well as other socially driven themes of eco-friendliness and Australian made.

Weathertex placed  first overall in the survey, followed by Dulux Australia and Bluescope Lysaght.  The company also won NUMBER 1 most trusted brand within the external cladding category.

Jason O’Hagan, Managing Director for Weathertex said, “This is a fantastic and a significant result for Weathertex to be recognised by our customers as the number 1 trusted brand against such large reputable corporations.  It demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our team and confirms our customers are after high quality building products that are sustainable and eco-friendly to our environment at no extra cost.”

2016 has been a year of achievements and wins for Weathertex, firstly being the FIRST MANUFACTURED PRODUCT in the world to receive GreenTag Platinum certification for their natural range and now ending the year being recognised as the MOST TRUSTED brand.

Weathertex is committed to continuing providing the best service and high quality products to our customers as well as play a crucial role in improving the sustainability of Australian construction products and practices.

Meet the NAC: Scott Bagnell of Design Institute of Australia

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Designer Scott Bagnell,  Queensland Branch Councillor  for the Design Institute of Australia, is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee for the ongoing development  of our certification standard for building and interiors products.

A creative and transdisciplinary designer, Scott also serves as a Senior Designer and Design Manager for One Alliance Project Consulting, which works across all areas of the hospitality industry.

Several projects that Scott has worked on have won design awards. His interest is both to help transform the way we live, work and play in the 21st century and to combine his passion for sustainability in all projects – applying best practice environmentally sustainable design principles to produce unique solutions through the use of innovative materials, adaptive reuse, effective resource management, waste minimisation and lifecycle planning.

Scott joined the Queensland Branch Council of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in 2000 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Queensland Design Awards program in 2002.  He served as  Creative Director for the Awards Program from 2004 – 2009 and served as President and National Director of the DIA from 2009 – 2013, leading a team of nearly 20 volunteer professionals dedicated to the advocacy of design.

Scott is also passionate about contributing to and improving Design Education in Queensland, and has lectured and tutored students of design disciplines at Queensland University of Technology and at Southbank Institute of Technology.

GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Mark Thomson –  Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

David Baggs出席第四界国际绿色室内设计大赛评委

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第四届国际绿色室内设计奖颁奖典礼(2017)在悉尼举行,全球绿色标牌首席执行官David Baggs首次被邀请担任评委

自去年11月成立以来,国际大奖赛的参赛作品数量以惊人的速度增加。获奖名单将于5月25日公布,获奖者将于6月8日公布。

David Baggs说:“这个比赛组委会正在成为一个伟大的机构。 去年有一些梦幻般的作品,今年我期待着成为评委组委会的一员决定2017年决赛的获奖者。”

“坚持和世界同步以及市场地位,为室内设计项目提供认证过的可持续产品作为典范,是GreenTag业务的重要组成部分。帮助人们和市场充分接受绿色内饰是我们的主要议程,因为我们希望更多的人了解他们的选择可能对我们的星球和他们的健康有什么影响,并促使设计师主动选择有助于确保安全未来的产品。”

2015年获得绿色室内设计奖的获奖者包括来自南非,澳大利亚,美国和奥地利的设计。 2017年,该活动将在全球知名机构的支持下进一步加强,其中包括加拿大皇家建筑学院,以色列绿色建筑委员会和世界各地的其他领先的环保标志,比如GreenTag,支持室内生活或者工作环境的健康设计以及所使用的材料的发展。

为了在这样的赛事中扮演更重要的角色,您与国际绿色室内设计奖的合作机会仍然存在。如果您拥有绿色品牌,那么获得绿色标牌的认证是将自己置身于高品质的观众和主要行业决策者的绝佳方式。另外,和一个独特的奖项有关联,这将百分之百回馈在本地和全球项目中使用的绿色内饰产品。

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MEET THE EXPERT PANEL: Nathan Aust of Toxicology and Environmental Health Consultants

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Nathan Aust is GreenTag’s External Consultant Toxicologist and Peer Review member of our Expert Advisory Panel.  His responsibility is to ensure every new exemplary sustainable product we certify and each ingredient risk analysis meets world’s best practice

“We are thrilled to have Nathan involved in every new GreenTag certification and re-certification,” says GreenTag CEO David Baggs, “his experience and knowledge to help us ensure our assessment and analysis is robust and in line with world’s best knowledge and practices.”

With over 18 years experience as an Environmental Health and Occupational Hygiene professional, in both the private and public sectors, Nathan has acquired an in-depth working knowledge of the identification, assessment and management of chemical, infectious and physical hazards within our environments and their impact on human populations.

Nathan’s toxicological background has seen him undertaking numerous human health risk assessments, classifying hazardous materials and assessing applications for environmental accreditation of cleaning products.

Nathan is a registered professional in Toxicology and Risk Assessment with the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment.

Meet the NAC: Irene Falcone of Nourished Life

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Global GreenTag welcomed Nourished Life Founder and CEO Irene Falcone to two of its National Advisory Committees several years ago and she has been involved in the development of both GreenTag’s Personal and Cleaning Products standards from the very beginning of their development process over four years ago.

A market leader in the health and beauty retail space promoting toxin free living, Irene was recognised this week, winning the Entrepreneur Award at the 2016 Telstra New South Wales Business Awards for building Nourished Life. The business, she says, has become the leading toxin-free living health and beauty online store and grown significantly since 2012 from a $100 buying budget and a staff of two to 20 employees and an $8 million turnover.

A  Finalist also at the 2015 NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Irene says that her passion to help women shop with confidence for healthier beauty and lifestyle products began with her own toxin free journey. It was during her years working in the corporate sector.  She says:

“I started to feel really tired all the time and it got to the point one morning where I couldn’t walk up a single flight of stairs to my office.  My legs felt as heavy as two bags of lead.”

It was at this point, Irene says, that she sat on the steps, took out a body lotion from her bag and started rubbing it into her legs “and for the first time in my life I wondered … what exactly was in this lotion I was putting in my body?”

In fact, Irene started researching the ingredients of all her beauty and lifestyle products and discovered that she was regularly applying about 500 chemicals a day to her body. Her accumulation of existing products, she says, were worth $5000 but she tossed them into the bin and “In a matter of weeks I started to feel better.  I got my energy back, my skin was glowing, my teeth were whiter and the dark, puffy circles under my eyes disappeared.”

Today, Irene’s Nourished Life brand closes the gap between ‘health’ and ‘beauty’ by helping customers through the mixed messages on labels and confusion in the marketplace and sourcing a wide variety of preferred products.

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GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Personal Products are:

Professional Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Industry Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenery – Australian Certified Organic

University

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Bill Stratham – The Chemical Maze

Meet the NAC: Mark Thomson of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

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GreenTag’s commitment to supporting a healthier built environment is long established in Australia and globally.  We have regular contact with eminent industry exponents of sustainable building design and one of those professionals is Mark Thomson, President of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) a non-profit coalition endorsed by industry and environmental bodies.

Mark is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) for Building Products with a passion for creating healthy working and living environments.  He is an Ecological Architect and Sustainability Consultant, with a national reputation for the practical implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Development.

In 2016 Mark judged the Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards and since 2015 been a judge of the Australian Banksia Sustainability Awards. He was an Expert Panel member in the international Katerva Awards in 2013, recognised as the Nobel Prize in Sustainability. In 2007, he co-authored the book “The Environmental Brief – Pathways to Green Design”, which was published in London.

In addition to his roles with the Australian Green Development Forum and his advisory role with GreenTag, Mark is also a faculty member of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Queensland Representative of the Banksia Foundation and an Earthcheck Accredited Professional.

GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Scott Bagnell –Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan  – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes  – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Migrate your Global GreenTag Certification to South Africa

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Global GreenTag is pleased to announce that interior fitout products already certified in Australia can easily be converted to meet the Green Star SA Interiors Tool requirements set out by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Global GreenTag GreenRate and LCARate certification has been recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) as a product certification standard for the Materials Fit out Calculator in Green Star SA Interiors Rating Tool. It does however require an interpretive evaluation against the GBCSA recognition criteria and issuing of a separate GBCSA Rating certificate.

The GreenTag GBCSA Rating certificates are recognised for certifying interiors fitout, consisting of four categories: Furniture, Assemblies, Flooring and Wall Coverings.

For more information, please contact Global GreenTag South Africa

Lizette Swanevelder

lizette@globalgreentag.co.za

+27 21 790 0286

GreenTag awarded as ‘ecoBiz Champion’

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GreenTag Office Achieves top 3 Star Reductions in Energy, Water and Waste

Every business can save money by reducing its water, waste and power costs. We are proud to say we have received peak recognition for walking the talk. Global GreenTag  International  is now officially a CCiQ ecoBiz Champion – we achieved a the top 3 Star result.

EcoBiz is a free program funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to help Queensland business owners improve  their bottom line.  With the help of the CCIQ ecoBiz program the GreenTag office was able to achieve:

  • 47% reduction in energy
  • 13% reduction in water
  • 15.6% reduction in waste”

GreenTag took up the challenge a year ago to begin data collection using tools and resources provided by CCiQ ecoBiz.  We optioned to measure the business against CCiQ’s Champion level three-star business partnership program to test our costs across all three metrics of water, waste and power usage.  To achieve a Champion rating, the scheme requires a business to achieve 10% savings on one metric while not increasing the other two by more than 5% over a 12 month period. Management’s decision to approve installation of a 6kW Photovoltaic system was a big part of the great outcome.

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The GreenTag data was methodically collected and entered by our Accounts Manager Gourav Ahuja – who received notice this week that we are now officially ecoBiz Champions!

Thank you Gourav for putting in the time.

Whether your business wants to measure one, two or all three metrics of energy, water and waste CCiQ provides action plans, tools, resources and even coaching to help.

For more information to help you get your business started, visit the CCiQ ecoBiz website: http://www.cciqecobiz.com.au/about/getting-started/

You can also view the video below:

Meet the NAC: Narelle Chenery Co-Founder and Creative Director of Miessence

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Narelle Chenery developed the world’s first range of organic skincare products under the Miessence brand a decade ago and now exports to 65 countries. Also a mother of three, Narelle  is internationally renowned and respected for devising skincare products with absolutely no synthetic chemicals — not even chemical emulsifiers.

GreenTag  is proud to have Narelle as a member on our National Advisory Committee, representing her  Industry Association with Australian Certified Organic and to advise on GreenTag’s certification standard in relation to the Personal Care Products category.

Miessence has successfully created a grass roots education movement about organic, green and healthy alternatives.  Narelle has said that she moved into the organic space as a result of “cosmetic shelves being flooded with products that claim to be organic or natural,” seeing too many instances of eco-marketing and ‘green’ labelling that disguise the reality of potentially toxic chemical ingredients in products. This is an unfortunate aspect of the industry that continues, which does not help consumers who don’t know how to tell the difference between ‘greenwash’ products and those that are truly natural.

The name Miessence was chosen to reflect Narelle’s love and intent that goes into each product. The website www.miessence.com was set up to allow the products to be bought on line and as a resource to help educate consumers on what they are buying.  The business and brand continues with an unwavering commitment to the health and vitality of its customers and to the sustainability of our earth’s natural resources.

Some interesting facts to consider:

  • Miessence sales in the company’s first 18 months of operation grew by 2500%
  • The Miessence brand sources ingredients from Australia and overseas and continues to be manufactured from the company’s base on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
  • Miessence products areindependently certified to the highest international food grade standards by some of the world’s most respected and stringent organic certifying organizations, namely, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and BFA (Biological Farmers of Australia).

 

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GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Personal Products are:

Professional Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Industry Associations

Huia Iti – New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

University

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Bill Stratham – The Chemical Maze

Irene Falcon – NourishedLife.com.au

GreenTag Sponsors Seminar on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

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Global GreenTag is proudly sponsoring and leading a seminar and panel discussion on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney on June 28.

Certification: Transparency Is Crucial For Building Trust And Credibility is the title of the segment and GreenTag’s Chief Executive Officer and Program Director David Baggs will be leading off a round of talks to explore the current issues of applications and perceptions of certifications within organisations.

The session will focus on why sustainability certifications should have clearly defined goals and should continually work towards achieving them with demonstrable, measurable outcomes.

Improving standards and scheme design should be an ongoing process, where standards are regularly reviewed and audited, where necessary, in order to incorporate new research and experience, claim MCI the Sustainable Brands Sydney event organisers.

These two measures ensure that everyone – whether it’s the buying public, the sustainable product manufacturer, or the certification itself – is on the same page, knowing exactly what the ecolabel represents and best practice is being upheld.

The big questions to be asked during the overall session will be: HOW valid are certifications for organisations and products? Are we over-certifying, and HOW does industry cope with the sheer number of them?

In the session, delegates will discover HOW brands can align themselves with a certification most valid for their business and their consumer and HOW to use them to access existing and new markets.

Global GreenTag and David Baggs will be joined in this session by:

  • Terence Jeyaretnam (moderating the session) of Climate Change and Sustainability Services
  • Kate Harris – Chief Executive Officer of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
  • Trudy-Ann King – Executive Director, Market Engagement and Communications of GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia)
  • Adam Beaumont – Chief Executive Officer of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
To register and join Sustainable Brands Sydney (June 27-29) click here: http://events.sustainablebrands.com/sb16syd/

Breaking Through Green Product Market Barriers –Workshop with Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

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Global GreenTag is presenting a workshop in Sydney next week to unpack the barriers standing in the way of green products having a greater traction in the marketplace – and exploring with participants solutions to overcome the conundrum.

“Enhanced ecolabelling can make all the difference,” says David Baggs, presenting the interactive session at the Sustainable Brands 2016 workshop on Wednesday June 29.

Participants who join the workshop will be encouraged to share their current experiences and barriers in accessing key green markets and ways to overcome them.

According to Baggs “Successful organisations, use both ecolabelling and robust metrics to inform and communicate performance to their stakeholders, but conventional ecolabelling is no longer enough”.

“Companies and stakeholders need both labelling and data on the sustainability impacts of products to access key markets that are demanding both easy consumer recognition as well as real metrics to integrate into management and corporate reporting but also address green procurement processes.

The evolution of integrated ecolabelling and enhanced Life Cycle Assessment methods now make that accessible to all companies,” says David.

Where once pass/fail ecolabels were sufficient, consumers and other stakeholders now seek performance ratings and real data at levels of detail that suit their needs.

Sometimes the same organisation can need simple forward facing sustainability consumer communication and then more detailed information to communicate product life cycle benefits to forward thinking companies.

David adds that: ‘Product Labels and Scorecards fulfill some of these needs but LCA reporting via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are now required in specific sectors, where reporting now also needs different thinking to conventional Life cycle impact Analysis because circular economy characteristics necessitate Life Cycle Benefit Analysis (LCBA).

Such ‘Beyond LCA’ strategies are needed by sustainability managers to address LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) markets and link product sustainability data to professional users’ procurement, corporate performance and company contributions to circular economy reporting.’

Sustainable Brands Sydney 2017 runs from June 27-29.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

David Baggs Keynotes At International Event For Sustainability Week In South Africa

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David Baggs,  GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director  is delivering a keynote address this week in South Africa for the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum,  hosted by the City of Tshwane for Sustainability Week.  David’s keynote is titled ‘Visualising the Circular Economy Using Life Cycle Analysis’ for the technical program Vision Zero Waste Seminar on June 2.

With focus on design for waste minimisation and recycling,  David has been invited to deliver the keynote in the context of a vision for zero waste in South Africa. The seminar comes at a critical time, organisers say, when waste streams are at an all-time high, where some communities are without waste services and landfills are reaching capacity.

David brings hoped for solutions.  He will be focusing on the circular nature of the mindset required to reduce the impact of waste – and how this is possible through LCA centric design.

“Conventional thinking is stuck on damage and loss,” says David.

“From a Global GreenTag perspective, I shall be offering clarity about the terminology used in the area of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and how it naturally applies to a circular economy mindset and sustainable solutions for ecological regeneration.”

David is also presenting two other seminars at Sustainability Week.

In the series for Sustainable Manufacturing, he will be delivering a seminar titled: ‘Sustainability Metrics and LCA: The Business Benefits’

For the Green Business series of Sustainability Week, David is presenting: “The Role of Ecolabels in Greening the Supply Chain.”

For more information about Sustainability Week, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/

Meet the NAC: Steven Claridge Building Designer & State President of BDAQ

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Steven Claridge is a valued member of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) on Building Products.

Steven  is also State President of the Building Designers Association of Queensland and Director of BEDI – Built Environment Design Institute of Australia.

Steven has worked in the Building Design field for over 15 years, developing a distinctive Queensland design style. He has worked throughout the State, including in remote locations, and relishes the challenge of creating unique buildings that delight clients with their liveability, affordability and their sustainable design.

Steven’s building designs have received regional & state design awards and he is recognised by his peers as an industry leader.

Other members who sit on GreenTag’s NAC for Building Products are:

Professional Associations:

Scott Bagnell – Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Industry Associations:

Sophi MacMillan – Vinyl Institute

Narelle Chenery –  Australian Certified Organic

Meriel Chamberlin –  Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

University:

Dr Dominque Hes –  University of Melbourne

Community/Environmental NGOs: 

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network 

Mark Thomson – Australian Green Development Forum

GreenTag’s Sustainable Metrics To Feature At SUSTAINABLE BRANDS SYDNEY

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It’s time to learn HOW to successfully innovate your brand for sustainability NOW … SUSTAINABLE BRANDS SYDNEY invites you to learn HOW for the first time in Australia, Sydney 27-29 June 2016

It’s time Australian brands learn how to leverage off each other.  The knowledge sharing that Sustainable Brands offers is crucial in building a greater sustainable business community and in implementing successful sustainable business practices in Australia.

SB16 Sydney proudly announce the support from Global GreenTag as a Partner for the inaugural Australian iteration of the event. Given that Global GreenTag provides independent indicators of sustainable metrics and quality they are the perfect supporter for this type of conference –GreenTag has become the trusted certification standard  behind some of the world’s most successful brands.

Sustainable Brands is also collaborating with pre-eminent Australian sustainability organisations; Banksia Foundation and Sustainable Business Australia.

Sustainable Business Australia CEO, Andrew Petersen said: ‘Sustainability continues to evolve as a corporate value, business imperative, and brand promise. It is a fact that the investment community is waking up to the value to consumer brands of managing environmental and social issues effectively, and in our increasingly transparent world, the risk of not tackling sustainability is extremely high for business.’

Sustainable Brands delivers a world class line-up of thought leaders and practitioners who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide through leading-edge technology, innovative brand strategies, sustainability initiatives, and more. Join them and learn HOW to successfully innovate your brand for sustainability NOW.

Connect with today’s leading brands, impactful organisations, and social entrepreneurs as you immerse yourself in the fresh new ideas, case studies, tools and partners you need to successfully align your brand and purpose.

Learn from 80+ speakers, including keynotes; Sally Uren Forum for the Future, Bert van Son MUD Jeans, Simon Mainwaring We First, Tom Szaky TerraCycle plus… Republic of Everyone, RACV, Climate Friendly, WWF, H&R Block, IAG, Oz Harvest, Vivid Sydney, NAB, Global GreenTag + more!

Sustainable Brands Sydney
~ 27-29 June 2016
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BCI Media and Global GreenTag Join Forces To Serve The Building and Design Industry

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MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Australia’s most advanced third party green product certification program, Global GreenTag – has joined forces with the region’s leading construction information provider, BCI Media Group, in a strategic collaboration to better serve the building and design industry.

GreenTag will be providing greater awareness amongst the expansive community of BCI members of building materials intelligence and specifically certified green products, offering exclusive discounts on GreenTag certification fees.

BCI Media Australia will be offering GreenTag’s certified product suppliers the opportunity to upgrade their business to business knowledge with exclusive discounts for its products and services.

Global GreenTagCertTM is an ISO compliant Type 1 ecolabel that supports building professionals make informed green product decisions and manufacturers with certified products to access the Green Star® certified projects marketplace. Some of world’s most iconic brands are GreenTag certified, including Interface, CSR, Polyflor, Laminex, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Herman Miller and more.

Global GreenTag CEO and Program Director David Baggs says: “We value this partnership, it is an opportunity to help BCI and AIS members better understand the importance and long term benefits of building product certification – as distinct from business as usual products. Conversely, our product manufacturers have much to gain from accessing BCI’s project database especially those committed to working with the Green Star® rating tools. We look forward to helping BCI’s clients to understand how to maximise the business benefits of Green Star® while better serving the needs of the built environment and improving environmental outcomes.”

BCI Media Group serves the region’s construction market under its BCI Australia, BCI New Zealand and BCI Asia brands. By assisting suppliers secure timely specifications with architects BCI plays a critical role as a conduit for collaboration in the design and development process, helping achieve optimal design and construction outcomes.

BCI Media Australia CEO Dr Matthias Krups says: “Since the launch of our progressive architectural journal FuturArc over a decade ago BCI has been a vocal advocate for sustainable design and green building. We are excited to welcome our new strategic alliance with GreenTag as a new avenue to furthering the green building message in the industry.”

For more information about Global GreenTag Pty Ltd, please contact: David Baggs –  1300 669 997

For more information about BCI Media Pty Ltd, please contact: Cathryn Zhao, Marketing Manager BCI Media Group, 02 9432 4154.

GreenTag Partners With 1st Australian Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress

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The Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance are proud to announce Global GreenTag as a Green Partner for the inaugural Australian iteration of the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress.

GreenTag looks forward to partnering and building with the Congress sustainability approaches for the Australian event in September in Adelaide.

The Congress will provide delegates with the opportunity to network with their contemporaries in the region, provide a forum for alliance members and congress attendees to be able to showcase their work, and a unique learning environment focussed on all design disciplines featuring in the region.

The Congress aims to explore the theme of ‘Home’, stating:

“Extrapolating on this theme we recognise that everyone has some kind of a relationship to home and what it means in terms of belonging, family, comfort, nurture, tradition, familiarity and gathering. Memories of home are also deeply ingrained in our memory. “Home” brings together the real and the ordinary from which, through design, the imaginative and the extraordinary transpires and resonates.

“Within the congress theme of “Home” we acknowledge that sustainable design is a fundamental element of professional design practice and integral to this relationship of human/home interaction.

Given that the application and employment of sustainable principles in design projects are a pillar of ethical design practice, we are glad to welcome Global Green Tag as a Green Partner; providers of independent indicators of sustainable metrics and quality.”

“We look forward to Global Green Tag’s support and involvement in this important focal area within our design community as we convene the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress in Adelaide this 24-26 September this year.”

For more information, visit the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance website HERE

New GreenTag Website Receives Great Reviews

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I think the site LOOKS GREAT – fresh and easy to use.

                                                                – Libby Staggs – Sustainable Business Matters

We are receiving some great reviews about our new website.

Visitors are clicking through the new product pages and learning more about the value of a type 1 eco-label.  More than 25% are also staying around to explore more.

Important news to viewers from the website has been GreenTag’s partnership with E-Tool followed with strong interest in ‘how to get certified.’

Australian visitors were highest users at 78% followed by some keen interest from USA, France, Germany and China.

In Australian capital cities, Sydney visitors have been rating the highest, followed by Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Thank you to everyone who sent us your encouraging comments and warm wishes.

Well done, guys – it looks amazing – a clean and clear ‘look and feel’ and great resources  (I particularly like the stories from Graham, Carolyn and Bongo!).  Congratulations.

         –  Robin Mellon,  Chief Executive Officer – Supply Chain School

Your new website looks fantastic, congratulations!

                                       –  Anthony Leiberman –  SEE Sustainable Experience Exhibition

Congrats on the new GGT website, it looks great and the “searchability” for certified products is very useful.

                                                        –  Peter Grainger, CEO – MyCaboodle