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The Global GreenTag International Certification Standard is Ready for Review

The Global GreenTag International Standard development team invite you to review and comment by Monday, October 28th on our latest product certification Standard v4.1  Your participation is valued.  The Global GreenTag Standards Stakeholder program requires open and transparent processes, with adequate (minimum 30 day) comment periods and transparent reporting of outcomes with results of the review to be made readily available.

What’s new?

This v4.1 review of the The Standard is a Minor Review.   Many of the changes are procedural e.g. minor error corrections and changes such as those due to Australia having moved from EU based Chemical Hazard assessments to the UN Globally Harmonised System (Au-GHS) e.g. changing language from ‘R-Phrases’ to ‘H-Statements’ and making interpretation easier for international use of the Standard now Global GreenTag is active in so many overseas markets.

The Standard now also addresses legislative changes in areas such as:

– National Construction Code -Fire Safety;
– Federal and NSW Modern Slavery;
– QLD Human Rights Act;
– Various Normative Standards reviewed and versions updated;

as well as introducing new Global GreenTag Services formally under the auspices of the Standard:

– Product Health Declarations (PHDs);
– HealthRATE;
– CarbonRATE;
– WaterRATE  and other future services.

The GreenTag Standard Scope Has Expanded!

We also have explicitly expanded the scope of the Standard to allow GreenTag to specifically certify credits within rating tools that sit outside the actual bounds of the Standard, ie by adopting the specific requirements of the rating tool credits or labelling systems themselves to certify against including but not limited to WELL, LEED and LBC.

We have also:

  • Reviewed and re-aligned the Leather and Wet Process Natural Fibres requirements to bring them into alignment with the furniture fabrics existing requirements where the processes were in conflict.
  • Added expanded references to new databhubs that are receiving and publishing GreenTag Certification outcomes in various countries e.g. origin.build, ecomedes.com, sustainableminds.com etc.
  • Extended the cut-off for the elimination of orthophthalate plasticisers for another 3 years due to the lack of definitive scientific data on the endocrine disruption potential of this specific class of chemicals (not those already banned).
  • Aligned the Formaldehyde content requirements for composite wood and general Hazard Declaration cut-off definition with LEED and WELL product transprency credits more closely.
  • Added the semi-volatile VOC requirements from WELL.
  • Corrected incorrect clauses relating slip requirements of non-resilient flooring categories.
  • Amended the requirements for insect treatment of carpets; and
  • clarified International and Australian Local Procurement requirements.

GreenTag Standard v4.1 Draft is available for public review until Monday, October 28th, 2019.

Download copies for review 
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Clean Copy
GreenTag Standard v4.1 – Track Change Copy

Enter your comments in the Standard Review Public Feedback Form 

All comments on the Standard are to be emailed to:
certification1@globalgreentag.com

You can read more about GreenTag’s Standards Development Processes HERE

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)!

The presence of Global GreenTag LLC, Americas in the US market is set to be enhanced further. The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED framework of Rating Systems.  GreenTag’s program is among the most stringent product disclosures in the world, and now noted by LEED and USGBC (US Green Building Council) as a Program that is formally recognized for not only LEED v4.1 but also v4.0, appearing in the next digital updates of the LEED Technical Manuals.

Global GreenTag Americas was launched in the USA last November at the GreenBUILD expo and conference hosted annually by USGBC, the creator of the LEED building certification program.

Thrilled by the USGBC decision, Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas says “USGBC Technical Staff and the TAG did a thorough review and have approved the GreenTag Product Health Declaration for inclusion in the ‘REACH Optimization’ pathway for LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 rating systems’ compliance internationally for The MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 2. Bringing the GreenTag PhD to LEED is one of the outcomes that we have been working towards. We were very pleased to read in the USGBC report that our PhD program:

“… builds upon SDS/GHS regulatory reporting and goes further than required by LEED to include the evaluation of process chemistry (in some instances), end use product ingredients, and exposure/risk in the in-use phase. For these reasons, the program exceeds what is required in scope for the LEED Option 1 credit in some ways…”

Joining with Global GreenTag last November to help accelerate sustainability at a product level in the US, Huard warmly acknowledges the work of founders of Global GreenTag International, David Baggs (CEO and International Program Director of Global GreenTagCertTM) and Mary Lou Kelly  (Managing Director) “for their support, ongoing determination and work in leading GreenTag’s Australia based staff to evolve GreenTag’s  product certification protocols, such that they continue to be the best in the world. It is a well-earned validation of the GreenTag Certification Team’s tireless work, who are all very appreciative of USGBC’s decision.”

Following its increased rigor update of late 2018, the 2019 GreenTag PhD now provides content inventory to the 100ppm level, “which equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world, says Huard, and for building professionals this means that any question of stringency of content inventory evaluation is more than satisfied for all of GreenTag’s PhD certifications from January 1, 2019 forward.  In addition, all PhDs issued previously will be updated as well to the new protocol by June 30 2019 to ensure that all LEED practitioners can have confidence that where a LEED credit is mentioned on a GreenTag PhD there is formal recognition within LEED of that product’s LEED credit relevance.”

Global GreenTag also is developing a training program and narrative translator documents on the PhD for LEED Project reviewer(s) to insure that the ingredient, amount, role, and hazard for all ingredients present in the final product is made available in one or other of the compliant formats and to efficiently articulate the easiest way to find that data assisting in reviewer determination.

GreenTag Program Director, David Baggs says “we are new to the US but greatly look forward to helping the market better understand our certification protocols, which are based on factual data, detailed science and ISO standards compliance (among others). Understandably for some, while definitely LEED recognized and relevant they are not so familiar. That said,” Baggs adds:

“Our PhDs are unique for other good reasons, in that we take the ingredient hazard flags and through a thorough risk assessment, we eliminate the hard work for green professionals wanting to not only use LEED but also go beyond LEED and understand the actual health impact of the product in use via the ‘GreenTag HealthRATE’ rating. These Health ratings are included on our PhDs, so from the multiple perspectives of LEED compliance, time saving and healthy building creation they are a win-win-win outcome for manufacturers and green professionals, alike.”

Huard says that he is “so proud of Global GreenTag’s collective commitment to materials transparency certifications and particularly its dedication to collaborating with USGBC, WELL™, Green Star® and other global sustainability Ratings Systems to bring about reporting methodologies, which make it easier for our client’s products to be validated compliant and consequentially helping in the review process for LEED Building Certifications.”

Additionally, says Huard, Global GreenTag has begun collaborating with HPDC and others in the product ingredient transparency space to help harmonize the way hazard information is presented following the release of LEED v4.1 “such that LEED MR Building Product Optimization: Material Ingredients credit Option 1 documentation is more consistent for reviewers to find and also ensuring that our PhD certifications along with the collaborators will be accepted without need for a translation document.”

Watch out for GreenTag PhDs as they are updated on www.globalgreentag.cn, www.ORIGIN.build, www.transparencycatalog.com, and www.ecomedes.com.

For more information, contact Cricket Liu:

Mobile: +8613850 006 035

Email: cricket.liu@ecosafene.com

More information about Daniel A. Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas:

CV: Daniel A. Huard

For more information about David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International:

CV: David Baggs 

LCA Specialist Comes to GreenTag

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.

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://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/weathertex/

The Laminex Group  http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/the-laminex-group/

Kingspan Insulation http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/kingspan-insulation/

CSR Bradford  http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/csr-bradford/

Polytec http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/polytec/

USG Boral http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/usg-boral/

Carter Holt Harvey  http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/carter-holt-harvey-woodproducts-australia/

Altro Safety Flooring http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/altro-apac-pty-ltd/

Kingspan Insulated Panels http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/kingspan-insulated-panels/

Armstrong Ceilings http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/armstrong-world-industries-ceiling-division/

Stormtech http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/stormtech/

Autex http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/autex-pty-ltd/

Polyflor Australia http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/polyflor-australia/

Billi http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/billi-pty-ltd/

Schiavello Group http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/schiavello-group/

Knauf Insulation http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/knauf-insulation/

Knauf Plasterboard http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/knauf-plasterboard/

Vertilux http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/manufacturer/vertilux-coporation-pty-ltd/

Earthwool http://www.globalgreentag.com/china2/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

Meet the NAC: Scott Bagnell of Design Institute of Australia

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

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

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.

Migrate your Global GreenTag Certification to South Africa

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’

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

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

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

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

 

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/

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

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

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

Reasons for Certification 101. Part 1: Chemicals

“We need stricter surveillance rules”

This was stated by the European Commission following a study that found that chemical related risks were the most frequently reported in relation to dangerous products.

The 2015 study reviewed data collected by Europe’s central rapid alert system. The most frequently notified risk was chemical, accounting for 25% of cases, followed by risk of injury, which topped the list in 2014.

The most alarming fact that emerged from the study was that toxic children’s toys were reported as the biggest culprit (37%) followed by fashion jewellery (25%) and then clothing, textiles (13%). Chemicals present included chromium VI in leather products and different kinds of phthalates in toys.

Commenting on the report, GreenTag’s CEO and Program Directors says: “Chemical risks should not be an issue in any product.  Clearly tighter controls need to be put in place to track dangerous products but if product certification was mandated, this would not happen in the first place. Accountability is built into certification and fully into the higher standards of Type 1 eco-labels like Global GreenTag.

“Safety should always be a priority for end users, obviously.  It is commonsense. The question we need to ask is why this is continuing?  It’s not good enough.”

Of interest, two thirds of the products notified as dangerous came from China – a proportion reflecting the country’s share of EU imports. For 10% of notifications, the country of origin could not be established.

The EU Commission claims that collaboration with Chinese authorities remains “a priority” for the EU,  but tracing the source of products within China “remains difficult”. The country has followed up on 11,540 notifications since the system was introduced but has been unable to take action on two thirds of them.

GreenTag now certifies over 100 excellent products from China, with only a few needing reformulation prior to certification.

READ MORE https://chemicalwatch.com/46942/chemicals-become-most-reported-product-risk

 

Welcome to the new Global GreenTag website!

Welcome to the new Global GreenTag website!

We hope you find the new GreenTag Global website more user friendly and useful. Choose your country and check out the all new Product Finder with fully searchable product profiles, each with consumer descriptions and all the Certificates, Product Scorecards and other documents professionals need for your project.
Search by Product Type, Manufacturer or Brand and get right to the products you need. Whether you are a consumer or professional, this site has products that meet your needs and you can trust.
Manufacturers can find everything they need to Jump Start finding out how to certify their products
Keep keep an eye out for important news, or to stay in touch and make sure you don’t miss those all important new certified products or critical news items, register for the monthly newsletter, (your contacts will never be shared!). 
We look forward to hearing what you think of the new site on our Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter pages.
The GreenTag Team

GreenTag major feature in Architecture & Design Online

GGT- A&D Infolink WebskinGlobal GreenTag has stepped further out to enhance it’s engagement with the A & D marketplace with a major marketing program with Architecture & Design in 2016, powered by InfoLink online. Pictured here is the site webskin.

Following up on our 2015 Sponsorship of the GBCA’s brand new ‘Design & As Built’ rating tool Education program and its new ‘Sustainable Products’ and ‘Life Cycle Impacts’ credits, GreenTag has once again upped the game.

March marks the start of a year long campaign with Australia’s largest architecture, building and design industry media resource.

Keep an eye out for our messages as you peruse this information rich site that is a hub for all the professionals creating Australia’s buildings.

Along with unrivaled access to expert advice and updates direct from suppliers, Architecture & Design arms building professionals with the information they need in order to add value and resolve their clients’ challenges with the best design and construction solutions.

 

Media Release: eTool and Global GreenTag Form Partnership

Life Cycle Assessment Software provider eTool joins forces with leading eco-label Global GreenTag – to raise the benchmark on sustainable building and certified green products for the construction market.

eTool, a global leader in life cycle design and assessment of the built form and Global GreenTag, a unique and trusted provider of high level, life cycle based product certification have recently formed a partnership to enhance the life cycle impact assessment of buildings with product specific LCA options within e-Tool.

Global GreenTag operates the only ACCC approved National Certification Mark in the green building and product sector. Together, eTool and GreenTag will provide a greater joint resource to professionals and developers in the built environment sectors.

The partnership will provide a one-stop design space for building professionals, encouraging the combined use of eTool whole of buildings life cycle design services along with data from Global GreenTag’s LCARate Certified products’ Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) (summary LCA reporting) and also reward suppliers with GreenTag’s LCARate Certification and EPDs with project leads through eToolLCD.

Global GreenTag EPD’s will be available in the eToolLCD software later in 2016, Richard Haynes, Co-Founder and Lead Software Developer of eTool says “This is exciting because it marks the first time a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software provider has used the progressive and leading Global GreenTag LCA dataset.”

The partnership will allow eToolLCD users to compare industry average products with specific products that have Global GreenTag LCARate certification. These products will form part of whole of building life cycle assessment conducted using eToolLCD.

Richard said “eTool has always been a powerful tool in assisting design teams to reduce carbon impacts at the building level. It has helped create a healthy competition amongst developers. This recent partnership will now accelerate the competition amongst material manufacturers to improve their products to ensure they are specified in the buildings of the future. A perfect feedback loop.”

eToolLCD’s new software release will include improvement alerts so that users are prompted to consider EPDs that match existing generic materials or building components in the eToolLCD model. This new feature will also include a supplier contact form that enables eToolLCD users to request more information or quotes from product manufacturer.

According to David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the eTool and GreenTag partnership as a sustainability and product consultant with over 35 years experience in sustainability and LCA, “This is a perfect solution for industry”.

“In creating a life cycle analysis based rating system for products and publishing their respective EPDs, Global GreenTag has laid the foundations that create a powerful synergy between design and GreenTag certified product selection for benchmarking and improving the sustainability of projects …further, GreenTag provides robust, whole of sustainability metrics where none existed previously. We provide the building blocks and eTool delivers the building level outcomes. It is a partnership that will deliver big for the industry”

“The more powerful tool that results from this partnership will, together with the industry, drive higher standards for the built environment and help create better performing buildings, in turn encouraging and supporting manufacturers who develop and produce healthier and environmentally safer products” he said.

GreenTag’s new version 4.0 Standard receives ACCC certification

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Over the past year, Global GreenTag has been reviewing and updating its core Building, Interiors and Infrastructure Standard with the assistance of a wide body of stakeholders and has received a significant amount of feedback that has been incorporated into the new standard.
It has two final steps to complete prior to release as it is currently undergoing review by the Green Building Councils of Australia and the US and will then to go before the GreenTag National Advisory Committee (NAC) for final approval in a matter of weeks.
All previous versions of the GreenTag Standard, have also been approved by the ACCC, as it is a key aspect of GreenTag’s Certification Mark, a defining and unique difference between GreenTag and its competitor labels. No other competitor in the space is ACCC approved.

GreenTag recognised by Singapore’s Green Mark International

Green Mark

Global GreenTag has been formally recognised by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority as a product certification scheme for the purposes of projects using the Green Mark International® (GMI) green project rating tool in countries where GreenTag is recognised by the Green Building Council or Government agencies.* The GMI tool is used extensively by projects outside Singapore in ASEAN countries like Malaysia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and African countries such as Tanzania.

All GreenTag certification is recognised to meet the Green Mark Materials Category, ‘Sustainable Products’ credit. The recognition of GreenTag by the Green Mark International® rating scheme adds to the other international rating tool recognition including the Malaysia Government’s own GreenTech Corporation and their MyHIJAU program, the EC3 EarthCheck® program operating in Tourism, hospitality and Exhibition sector in over 70 Countries, as well as Green Star® in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. GreenTag Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs are also compliant with the EPD requirements in the USGBC’s LEED v4® rating tool that operates in over 140 countries.

*Qualification added June 7, 2016

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