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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.

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

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

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

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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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

WELL – A Big Call For GreenTag Products

The global alliance between Leadlease and  Delos™ is leading a revolution to accelerate WELL ready workplaces around the globe. This is great news for GreenTag certified building manufacturers.

In Australia,  Lendlease is already moving forwards to integrate human health and wellbeing principles of the WELL Building Standard™ into the new International Towers Sydney at Barangaroo.

“The need and commonsense for product certification is greatly supported by the WELL Building Standard,” says GreenTag CEO and Program Director David Baggs.

“Manufacturers who are certified are already ahead of the game. It will be interesting to see how the greater market responds.”

David who is a renowned green building architect, materials expert and Green Star and LEED Accredited Professional has a unique edge to offer the wider industry as it engages with the WELL Building Standard™  As GreenTag’s program director he has a deep understanding of how to bridge green manufacturers with the needs of the green building market.

“It give us great pleasure to help all parties concerned to understand the intricate value of certification, the potential for improving manufacturing processes and supporting more building professionals in how to effectively apply certified products into their green projects.”

The WELL Core & Shell Certification and pre-Certification programs were developed in response to investor and tenant demands for healthier workplace environments.

Lendlease and Delos first announced their alliance in November 2015, making a commitment to bring human health and wellness innovations to Lendlease markets around the world through adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL).

Lendlease has also identified additional buildings and tenancies around the world to undergo certification, also covering  Europe and the U.S.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160321006077/en/Delos%E2%84%A2-Lendlease-Drive-Internationalization-Building-Standard-Core