GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA (GECA) TEXTILE STANDARD IS NOT LIFECYCLE BASED
Instyle Contract Textiles, winner of numerous Sustainability awards, remains highly critical of the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Textile Standard and is pleased that this standard is no longer recognised by the Green Building Council.
GECA claims its standards are ‘whole of lifecycle’ based, however this is not true. The GECATextile Standard is not lifecycle based because it does not address raw material extraction; energy, water nor waste; nor does it address recyclability or biodegradability.
Furthermore the GECA Textile Standard allows the certification of non-environmental fabrics such as PVC, polyester, acrylic and nylon, which are derived from a finite resource - petroleum.
The Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) New Framework came into effect from the 1st July 2010 and it no longer recognises the GECA Textile Standard in its Green Star rating tool.
INSTYLE recommends that industry follow the Federal Government in not preferencing nor specifying GECA-certified products but rather specifying products that have been designed for the environment.
For more information contact:
Michael Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Instyle Contract Textiles
P: + 61 2 9317 0250 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W www.instyle.com.au
Background: INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to driving real environmental change. Instyle has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:
2010 WINNER Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Small Business Sustainability Award
2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award–Business Environmental Best Practice Program
2009 WINNER Sustainability Green Globe
Awards - Business Sustainability Award
2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award – Best Specific Environmental Initiative
2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award
2008 WINNER Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award
2008 WINNER Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability
2008 WINNER Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability
2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability
2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability