The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2012-12-01T03:31:05Z UNITED NATION'S AWARD WINNER INSTYLE'S FEDERAL COURT CASE SETTLEMENT WITH GECA, ENVIRONMENTAL ASSURANCE AND PETAR JOHNSON 2012-12-01T03:31:05Z united-nations-award-winner-instyle-s-federal-court-case-settlement-with-geca-environmental-assurance-and-petar-johnson Instyle is pleased to announce that it has settled its proceedings against Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), Good Environmental Choice Services Pty Ltd t/as Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson (aka Petar Ivanovski / aka Petar Johnson Ivanoski). In June 2009 Instyle commenced its Federal Court case against GECA, GECS and Johnson alleging they had each engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct. On 26 November 2012 and with the consent of all parties, the Federal Court of Australia made orders to end the proceedings. Refer accompanying Federal Court consent orders.The Federal Court consent orders compel GECA, GECS and Johnson to publish a media release in which Environmental Assurance fully and unequivocally retracts statements which it made about Instyle and about textiles that could be used to upholster GECA certified furniture in market advisories which it issued in September 2009. The media release also makes clear that non-GECA approved textiles can be used to upholster GECA furniture and that the suppliers GECA licence can be relied upon as evidence that the remainder of the furniture (ie the components other than the textile) is GECA certified. Refer accompanying media release. The consent orders also require GECA to issue a white furniture licence either as a separate licence or as an amended licence to any supplier who has had their upholstered furniture certified by GECA inclusive of the textile. GECA must do this within 42 days after receiving a request from the supplier and at no charge to the supplier. Instyle recommends to suppliers who do not currently have a white furniture licence that they apply for a white furniture licence as soon as practicable. Further each of GECA, GECS and Johnson have also given an undertaking to Instyle and to the Federal Court of Australia that each will not before 25 November 2014 make any statement in writing or orally which is inconsistent with any of the consent orders or with any of the statements in the media release. If you read or hear a statement made by or on behalf of any of GECA, GECS or Johnson which you believe does or may constitute a breach of the undertaking then please notify the particulars to Instyle immediately. Instyle wishes to thank its many friends in the industry that provided evidence and support for Instyle's Federal Court case throughout its duration.BackgroundInstyle is a leading supplier of design-driven, high-quality textiles, leathers, vinyls and wall finishes for interiors, including office, hospitality, healthcare, public building, education, public space, transport and residential interiors.Instyle is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. Instyle has won several high-profile sustainability awards including the following:2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards - Product or Services Award2011 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Small Business Sustainability2010 WINNER United Nation's World Environment Day Award - Environmental Best Practice Program2010 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Small Business Sustainability2009 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Business Sustainability2009 FINALIST United Nation's World Environment Day Award - Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Premier's Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Industry Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Green Globe Award - Small Business Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability INSTYLE WINS MAJOR EXPORT CONTRACTS 2012-04-20T08:04:56Z instyle-wins-major-export-contracts Australian based textile company Instyle Contract Textiles' wall finishes business WOVIN WALL, has secured several major export contracts for its WOVIN WALL products boosting revenues for the INSTYLE group this financial year. Significant orders totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars have been recently placed for WOVIN WALL products from Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and WOVIN WALL are currently working on a significant project in Russia.INSTYLE’s Managing Director Michael Fitzsimons said, “WOVIN WALL has been an Australian export success story. We have supplied products into numerous countries around the world including Hong Kong, USA, New Zealand, Holland, UK, Ireland, Turkey, Spain, Lebanon and the UAE to name a few. In the past, WOVIN WALL has been successful in securing solid export business however recent export projects have seen a surge in the company’s sales this financial year”.WOVIN WALL has established a significant agent distribution network and has licensed the manufacture of its products in the USA, Canada, South America and South Africa.In June last year, WOVIN WALL’s Ripple Wall, won “Best New Architectural Product” at NeoCon. NeoCon is the USA’s largest office interior products exhibition and is held in Chicago each year. Also at NeoCon last year INSTYLE’s ilias upholstery collection won the "Best of NeoCon Editor's Choice Award for Textiles".INSTYLE also markets its textiles through the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.The success story of the textiles for INSTYLE has been the LIFE Textiles collection (LIFE being an acronym for Low Impact For the Environment). LIFE Textiles was developed in conjunction with the IWS (International Wool Secretariat) to address all stages of the lifecycle and uses EthEco wool as the major raw material.EthEco stands for the ethical treatment of animals, human health and care for the environment. LIFE Textiles is designed to minimise its impact on the environment and its specification builds upon the EU Flower Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles. INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an eco label that you can genuinely trust. Background2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Environmental Innovation Award 2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program 2009 WINNER NSW Government 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 NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability 2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability 2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - SustainabilityFor future information please contact: Michael Fitzsimons, Managing Director Instyle Contract Textiles, Contemporary Leathers, Wovin Wall,Ph: + 61 2 9317 0250, Fax: + 61 2 9317 0266 www.instyle.com.au VICTORIAN PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FINALIST INSTYLE, HAS ITS LIFE TEXTILES® COLLECTION CERTIFIED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION’S EU FLOWER ECOLABEL - AN ECOLABEL YOU CAN GENUINELY TRUST 2012-04-20T07:42:41Z victorian-premier-s-sustainability-award-finalist-instyle-has-its-life-textiles-collection-certified-to-the-european-union-s-eu-flower-ecolabel-an-ecolabel-you-can-genuinely-trust INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has now been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an ecolabel that you can genuinely trust.LIFE Textiles is designed for the environment and the specification builds upon the EU FlowerEcolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles.The EU Flower Ecolabel-certified LIFE Textiles can be used on white and upholstered furniture certified to AFRDI (all levels), Ecospecifier (Level B + C), and GECA (Level A + B). Furniture certified to these standards will achieve maximum Green Star points (appropriate to the certification level), therefore all LIFE Textiles can be specified for Green Star projects.INSTYLE is the first Australian textile supplier to achieve certification to this internationally recognised standard. In 2011 INSTYLE won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award, adding to its long list of major environmental awards.For further information contactMichael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorInstyle Contract TextilesT: +61 2 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.auW: www.instyle.com.auBackgroundINSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. INSTYLE has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Environmental Innovation Award2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability INSTYLE’S LIFE TEXTILES® COLLECTION IS NOW CERTIFIED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION’S EU FLOWER ECOLABEL - AN ECOLABEL YOU CAN GENUINELY TRUST 2012-03-19T00:08:48Z instyle-s-life-textiles-collection-is-now-certified-to-the-european-union-s-eu-flower-ecolabel-an-ecolabel-you-can-genuinely-trust INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has now been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an ecolabel that you can genuinely trust. LIFE Textiles is designed for the environment and the specification builds upon the EU Flower Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles. The EU Flower Ecolabel-certified LIFE Textiles can be used on white and upholstered furniture certified to AFRDI (all levels), Ecospecifier (Level B + C), and GECA (Level A + B). Furniture certified to these standards will achieve maximum Green Star points (appropriate to the certification level), therefore all LIFE Textiles can be specified for Green Star projects. INSTYLE is the first Australian textile supplier to achieve certification to this internationally recognised standard. In 2011 INSTYLE won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award, adding to its long list of major environmental awards.For further information contact: Michael Fitzsimons Managing Director Instyle Contract Textiles T: +61 2 9317 0250 E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.auW: www.instyle.com.au Background: INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. INSTYLE has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following: 2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Environmental Innovation Award 2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program 2009 WINNER NSW Government 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 NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability 2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability 2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability NSW GOVERNMENT GREEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER INSTYLE NOW CERTIFIED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION’S EU FLOWER ECOLABEL 2012-03-19T00:08:20Z nsw-government-green-globe-award-winner-instyle-now-certified-to-the-european-union-s-eu-flower-ecolabel INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has now been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an ecolabel that you can genuinely trust.LIFE Textiles is designed for the environment and the specification builds upon the EU Flower Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles.The EU Flower Ecolabel-certified LIFE Textiles can be used on white and upholstered furniture certified to AFRDI (all levels), Ecospecifier (Level B + C), and GECA (Level A + B). Furniture certified to these standards will achieve maximum Green Star points (appropriate to the certification level), therefore all LIFE Textiles can be specified for Green Star projects.INSTYLE is the first Australian textile supplier to achieve certification to this internationally recognised standard. In 2011 INSTYLE won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award, adding to its long list of major environmental awards.For further information contactMichael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorInstyle Contract TextilesT: +61 2 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.auW: www.instyle.com.auBackgroundINSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. INSTYLE has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Environmental Innovation Award2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNER INSTYLE NOW CERTIFIED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION’S EU FLOWER ECOLABEL 2012-03-19T00:07:49Z united-nations-sustainability-award-winner-instyle-now-certified-to-the-european-union-s-eu-flower-ecolabel INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has now been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an ecolabel that you can genuinely trust.LIFE Textiles is designed for the environment and the specification builds upon the EU Flower Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles.The EU Flower Ecolabel-certified LIFE Textiles can be used on white and upholstered furniture certified to AFRDI (all levels), Ecospecifier (Level B + C), and GECA (Level A + B). Furniture certified to these standards will achieve maximum Green Star points (appropriate to the certification level), therefore all LIFE Textiles can be specified for Green Star projects.INSTYLE is the first Australian textile supplier to achieve certification to this internationally recognised standard. In 2011 INSTYLE won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award, adding to its long list of major environmental awards. For further information contactMichael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorInstyle Contract TextilesT: +61 2 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.auW: www.instyle.com.auBackgroundINSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. INSTYLE has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Environmental Innovation Award2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability AN ECOLABEL YOU CAN GENUINELY TRUST - INSTYLE’S LIFE TEXTILES® COLLECTION IS NOW CERTIFIED TO THE EUROPEAN UNION’S EU FLOWER ECOLABEL 2012-03-19T00:06:46Z an-ecolabel-you-can-genuinely-trust-instyle-s-life-textiles-collection-is-now-certified-to-the-european-union-s-eu-flower-ecolabel INSTYLE’s LIFE Textiles collection has now been certified to the European Union’s EU Flower Ecolabel - an ecolabel that you can genuinely trust.LIFE Textiles is designed for the environment and the specification builds upon the EU Flower Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle design principles.The EU Flower Ecolabel-certified LIFE Textiles can be used on white and upholstered furniture certified to AFRDI (all levels), Ecospecifier (Level B + C), and GECA (Level A + B). Furniture certified to these standards will achieve maximum Green Star points (appropriate to the certification level), therefore all LIFE Textiles can be specified for Green Star projects.INSTYLE is the first Australian textile supplier to achieve certification to this internationally recognised standard. In 2011 INSTYLE won a NSW Government Green Globe Award and was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award, adding to its long list of major environmental awards.For further information contact:Michael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorInstyle Contract TextilesT: +61 2 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.auW: www.instyle.com.auBackground:INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. INSTYLE has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2011 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2011 HIGHLY COMMENDED NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Environmental Innovation Award2011 FINALIST Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011 - Products or Services category 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability ILIAS BY INSTYLE FABRIC COLLECTION WINS 'BEST OF NEOCON EDITOR'S AWARD' AT WORLD TRADEFAIR IN CHICAGO 2011-10-12T06:11:21Z ilias-by-instyle-fabric-collection-wins-best-of-neocon-editor-s-award-at-neocon-world-tradefair-in-chicago BRAILLE, BLINK and MOLECULAR are the three designs from the new contract textile collection "On Closer Inspection", from Sydney based designer Ilias Fotopoulos. Ilias used structures with accidental events to create patterns that invite touch and observation. “On Closer Inspection” has just won the “Best of Neocon Editor’s Award” for textiles which was announced at a recent breakfast in Chicago. The Editor’s Award is one of the most valued award categories of all the NeoCon Awards. A collection of Ilias' designs is part of the permanent collection at the National Design Museum, NY. Ilias by Instyle. See the collection under Latest Releases at: http://www.instyle.com.auINSTYLE Background INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. Instyle has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following: 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program 2009 WINNER NSW Government 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 NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability 2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability INSTYLE CONTRACT TEXTILES IS PROUD TO BE SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE 2011 PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 2011-07-07T02:28:57Z instyle-contract-textiles-is-proud-to-be-selected-as-a-finalist-for-the-2011-premier-s-sustainability-awards “I would like to congratulate Instyle Contract Textiles on becoming a finalist of the 2011 Premier's Sustainability Awards. In the Product or Service category . . . demonstrating outstanding leadership, creativity and innovation in forging a sustainable Victoria now and for the future.” spokesperson, Sustainability Awards Victoria. The Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith, congratulated all finalists on their success and their efforts in forging a more sustainable Victoria. "Their initiatives demonstrate that our finalists are leaders in their respective industries," Mr Smith said. "They have taken a creative approach to improving business efficiency while reducing their everyday environmental impact. "The awards showcase world-first technology and creative thinking to deliver a whole range of sustainable products and services to Victorians," Mr Smith said. INSTYLE is the first company in the furnishings industry to integrate both ethical and environmental considerations in its wool sourcing. The company signed the industry’s first ethical wool supply agreement with SRS wool growers in 2008. SRS Merino sheep do not require mulesing. EthEco wool is sourced from non-mulesed sheep that are well cared for on holistically-managed farms - improving animal welfare, human health and care for the environment. Customers can visit online a typical farm where EthEco wool is grown and see how these farms are managed with minimal environmental impact through INSTYLE’s traceability program FARM TO FABRIC™. This is all further proof of INSTYLE’s strong commitment in producing sustainable and ethical textiles. To use the interactive program visit http://www.instyle.com.au/farmtofabric/index.html For further information visit www.instyle.com.au.Background INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. Instyle has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following: 2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Sustainability Award 2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Environmental Best Practice Program 2009 WINNER NSW Government 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 NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability 2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability 7 CLAIMS GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA HAS MADE AND CONTINUES TO MAKE THAT UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNER INSTYLE BELIEVES ARE NOT TRUE 2010-12-20T04:12:22Z 7-claims-good-environmental-choice-australia-has-made-and-continues-to-make-that-united-nations-sustainability-award-winner-instyle-believes-are-not-true INSTYLE has been concerned for many years about the monopoly which the Green Building Council bestowed upon Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), the inadequacy of the GECA Textile Standard, and the way in which GECA operates its ecolabelling program. From March 2006 until May 2010, GECA was the only third party whose certification for furniture was recognised by the Green Building Council for their Green Star rating tool. From 5 May and 22 June 2010 respectively, the Green Building Council now also recognises both Ecospecifier and AFRDI’s furniture standards. By letter dated 12 July 2010, Instyle was advised that the Commonwealth Government Procurement Policy does not preference products certified by GECA Source . We have set out below 7 claims GECA has made and continues to make which INSTYLE believes are not true.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Claim 1 GECA claims its program “is the only environmental labelling program in Australia which indicates the environmental performance of a product from a whole of product life perspective for consumer goods” Source Fact 1 This claim is not true. For example, the GECA Textile Standard is not a “whole of product life perspective” standard.The GECA Textile Standard only addresses one part of the life cycle i.e.manufacturing It does not address resource extraction nor disposal and is therefore not a “whole of product life perspective standard”. The GECA Textile Standard also allows for certification of non-environmental textiles such as polyester, acrylic, nylon and PVC vinyl which contain substances hazardous to the environment.This is one of many reasons why INSTYLE has decided not to have its textiles certified by GECA.Important Note: The Green Building Council has NOT recognised the GECA Textile Standard nor any other textile standard under its new assessment framework for third party certification schemes. Source Claim 2 GECA claims that its “label is awarded to products which meet voluntary environmental performance standards”. Source Fact 2 GECA does not always award its label as claimed above. For example, some applicants who want white furniture certification have been advised by GECA’s exclusive auditor, Environmental Assurance, that white furniture certification is not available to them, even though their white furniture complies with all of the applicable requirements of the GECA Furniture Standard. GECA has been informed about this but so far as Instyle is aware GECA has taken no corrective action.White furniture, which is furniture pending finishing (ie. by upholstering), is one of the 8 categories of final ready to use furniture which can be certified as complying with the GECA Furniture Standard (Clause 2, GECA Furniture Standard). Source Claim 3 Peter Johnson, managing director of Environmental Assurance and the founder and former chairman and director of GECA, has claimed that “…white furniture … certification does not allow [manufacturers] to earn full points under the GBCA Green Star framework”. Source .Fact 3 This claim is not true.GECA certified White Furniture will earn the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Furthermore ANY textile can be used to upholster certified White Furniture, and further still, provided that the textile contributes less than 10% of the total furniture weight, which it almost always does, that furniture will achieve the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Claim 4 GECA claims “The applicant [a furniture manufacturer] should note that the nominated product lines will be required to have certified textile in order to comply to the full point score available under the Green Star Rating tool in Australia”. Source Fact 4 This claim is not true.The Green Star’s Materials Calculator Guide version 4 states the following (see section 4.0, page 6): Source “Where 90% or more (by mass) of an item can be categorised as ‘Environmentally Innovative’, the project may enter the entire item as ‘Environmentally Innovative’ in the calculator and may disregard any non-compliant components”.The Green Building Council has also confirmed that a non-GECA certified textile can be substituted for a certified textile on GECA-certified finished furniture (ie where the furniture is certified inclusive of the textile) and provided that the textile contributes less than 10% of the total weight of the finished item of furniture (which it almost always does), the GECA-certified finished furniture with the substituted textile will still achieve the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Claim 5 GECA claims that certified fabrics satisfy the requirements of the GECA Furniture Standard. GECA states “[Suppliers Name withheld] is upholstering its furniture and fittings in only GECA certified fabrics …. This ensures that the fabrics applied to the furniture and fittings will comply with all requirements of GECA 28 (Furniture and Fittings) Standard, including those sections that apply regardless of the weight of the fabrics”. Source Fact 5 This claim is not true. There are substances prohibited by the GECA Furniture Standard which the GECA Textile Standard allows a manufacturer to use in the manufacturing process and/or to be contained in the certified textile. For example, there are a number of chemicals such as arsenic and formaldehyde that can be used in the production of textiles under the GECA Textile Standard, however these chemicals are expressly prohibited by the GECA Furniture and Fittings Standard (Section 3.3). Source Claim 6 GECA claims that “the Australian Eco-label Program complies with ISO 14024” Source Fact 6 Instyle believes that GECA’s ecolabel program does not comply with ISO 14024 in the following significant respects:ISO 14024 states that the “life cycle stages to be taken into account when developing product environmental criteria should include: extraction of resources, manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal”. INSTYLE believes GECA does not comply with this ISO 14024 principle as outlined in Claim 1 above. Source ISO 14024 states “Application to … environmental labelling programmes shall be open to all potential applicants. All applicants who fulfil the product environmental criteria for a given product category … shall be entitled to be granted a licence and authorized to use the label”. INSTYLE believes GECA does not comply with this ISO 14024 principle as outlined in Claim 2 above. Source Furthermore, Environmental Assurance, GECA’s exclusive auditor is not certified to JAS-ANZ or an equivalent body, which accredits conformity assessment bodies for their credibility, independence and integrity in undertaking conformity assessments.Claim 7 GECA describes its Ecolabel trademark as being a “Certification Trademark” Source Fact 7 This claim is not true. GECA’s ecolabel is not a Certification Trademark.A certification trademark such as the National Heart Foundation Tick is operated under strict rules which have been preapproved by the ACCC and the certification trademark holder is liable to operate its certification program strictly in accordance with those preapproved rules. Source GECA’s Ecolabel trademark is a standard trade mark only. Source Court Case UpdateIn June 2009 Instyle filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court against GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson. Instyle alleged in its June 2009 statement claim that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson had each breached the Trade Practices Act 1979 and the NSW Fair Trading Act 1987:by issuing environmental product declarations (EPD’s) that contain false and misleading information, including about the Green Building Council’s Green Star rating system; andby making misleading and false representations to one of Instyle’s customers, and that in the circumstances, each of GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson acted unconscionably in their dealings with that customer.In December 2009, Instyle successfully applied to expand its statement of claim to include an allegation that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Johnson made misleading statements about Instyle and its products in media releases to the marketplace in September 2009.On 13 December 2010, the Federal Court granted Instyle leave to further expand its statement of claim to include allegations that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson have made misleading statements about the compliance of GECA’s program with ISO 14024, about GECA’s trade mark being a certification trade mark, and to furniture manufacturers and suppliers about them not being able to obtain White Furniture certification. Instyle is seeking orders restraining the alleged conduct, corrective action and public notification, and damages.We appreciate the support that we have received from our clients since the court case has commenced and thank you in advance for your continued support.For further information visit www.instyle.com.au.Best RegardsMichael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorP: 02 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au20 December 2010Background INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. Instyle has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award–Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award – Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability 7 CLAIMS GECA HAS MADE AND CONTINUES TO MAKE THAT UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNER INSTYLE BELIEVES ARE NOT TRUE 2010-12-20T04:09:07Z 7-claims-geca-has-made-and-continues-to-make-that-united-nations-sustainability-award-winner-instyle-believes-are-not-true INSTYLE has been concerned for many years about the monopoly which the Green Building Council bestowed upon Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), the inadequacy of the GECA Textile Standard, and the way in which GECA operates its ecolabelling program. From March 2006 until May 2010, GECA was the only third party whose certification for furniture was recognised by the Green Building Council for their Green Star rating tool. From 5 May and 22 June 2010 respectively, the Green Building Council now also recognises both Ecospecifier and AFRDI’s furniture standards. By letter dated 12 July 2010, Instyle was advised that the Commonwealth Government Procurement Policy does not preference products certified by GECA Source . We have set out below 7 claims GECA has made and continues to make which INSTYLE believes are not true.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Claim 1 GECA claims its program “is the only environmental labelling program in Australia which indicates the environmental performance of a product from a whole of product life perspective for consumer goods” Source Fact 1 This claim is not true. For example, the GECA Textile Standard is not a “whole of product life perspective” standard.The GECA Textile Standard only addresses one part of the life cycle i.e.manufacturing It does not address resource extraction nor disposal and is therefore not a “whole of product life perspective standard”. The GECA Textile Standard also allows for certification of non-environmental textiles such as polyester, acrylic, nylon and PVC vinyl which contain substances hazardous to the environment.This is one of many reasons why INSTYLE has decided not to have its textiles certified by GECA.Important Note: The Green Building Council has NOT recognised the GECA Textile Standard nor any other textile standard under its new assessment framework for third party certification schemes. Source Claim 2 GECA claims that its “label is awarded to products which meet voluntary environmental performance standards”. Source Fact 2 GECA does not always award its label as claimed above. For example, some applicants who want white furniture certification have been advised by GECA’s exclusive auditor, Environmental Assurance, that white furniture certification is not available to them, even though their white furniture complies with all of the applicable requirements of the GECA Furniture Standard. GECA has been informed about this but so far as Instyle is aware GECA has taken no corrective action.White furniture, which is furniture pending finishing (ie. by upholstering), is one of the 8 categories of final ready to use furniture which can be certified as complying with the GECA Furniture Standard (Clause 2, GECA Furniture Standard). Source Claim 3 Peter Johnson, managing director of Environmental Assurance and the founder and former chairman and director of GECA, has claimed that “…white furniture … certification does not allow [manufacturers] to earn full points under the GBCA Green Star framework”. Source .Fact 3 This claim is not true.GECA certified White Furniture will earn the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Furthermore ANY textile can be used to upholster certified White Furniture, and further still, provided that the textile contributes less than 10% of the total furniture weight, which it almost always does, that furniture will achieve the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Claim 4 GECA claims “The applicant [a furniture manufacturer] should note that the nominated product lines will be required to have certified textile in order to comply to the full point score available under the Green Star Rating tool in Australia”. Source Fact 4 This claim is not true.The Green Star’s Materials Calculator Guide version 4 states the following (see section 4.0, page 6): Source “Where 90% or more (by mass) of an item can be categorised as ‘Environmentally Innovative’, the project may enter the entire item as ‘Environmentally Innovative’ in the calculator and may disregard any non-compliant components”.The Green Building Council has also confirmed that a non-GECA certified textile can be substituted for a certified textile on GECA-certified finished furniture (ie where the furniture is certified inclusive of the textile) and provided that the textile contributes less than 10% of the total weight of the finished item of furniture (which it almost always does), the GECA-certified finished furniture with the substituted textile will still achieve the maximum Green Star points available (appropriate to the furniture certification level). Source Claim 5 GECA claims that certified fabrics satisfy the requirements of the GECA Furniture Standard. GECA states “[Suppliers Name withheld] is upholstering its furniture and fittings in only GECA certified fabrics …. This ensures that the fabrics applied to the furniture and fittings will comply with all requirements of GECA 28 (Furniture and Fittings) Standard, including those sections that apply regardless of the weight of the fabrics”. Source Fact 5 This claim is not true. There are substances prohibited by the GECA Furniture Standard which the GECA Textile Standard allows a manufacturer to use in the manufacturing process and/or to be contained in the certified textile. For example, there are a number of chemicals such as arsenic and formaldehyde that can be used in the production of textiles under the GECA Textile Standard, however these chemicals are expressly prohibited by the GECA Furniture and Fittings Standard (Section 3.3). Source Claim 6 GECA claims that “the Australian Eco-label Program complies with ISO 14024” Source Fact 6 Instyle believes that GECA’s ecolabel program does not comply with ISO 14024 in the following significant respects:ISO 14024 states that the “life cycle stages to be taken into account when developing product environmental criteria should include: extraction of resources, manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal”. INSTYLE believes GECA does not comply with this ISO 14024 principle as outlined in Claim 1 above. Source ISO 14024 states “Application to … environmental labelling programmes shall be open to all potential applicants. All applicants who fulfil the product environmental criteria for a given product category … shall be entitled to be granted a licence and authorized to use the label”. INSTYLE believes GECA does not comply with this ISO 14024 principle as outlined in Claim 2 above. Source Furthermore, Environmental Assurance, GECA’s exclusive auditor is not certified to JAS-ANZ or an equivalent body, which accredits conformity assessment bodies for their credibility, independence and integrity in undertaking conformity assessments.Claim 7 GECA describes its Ecolabel trademark as being a “Certification Trademark” Source Fact 7 This claim is not true. GECA’s ecolabel is not a Certification Trademark.A certification trademark such as the National Heart Foundation Tick is operated under strict rules which have been preapproved by the ACCC and the certification trademark holder is liable to operate its certification program strictly in accordance with those preapproved rules. Source GECA’s Ecolabel trademark is a standard trade mark only. Source Court Case UpdateIn June 2009 Instyle filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court against GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson. Instyle alleged in its June 2009 statement claim that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson had each breached the Trade Practices Act 1979 and the NSW Fair Trading Act 1987:by issuing environmental product declarations (EPD’s) that contain false and misleading information, including about the Green Building Council’s Green Star rating system; andby making misleading and false representations to one of Instyle’s customers, and that in the circumstances, each of GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson acted unconscionably in their dealings with that customer.In December 2009, Instyle successfully applied to expand its statement of claim to include an allegation that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Johnson made misleading statements about Instyle and its products in media releases to the marketplace in September 2009.On 13 December 2010, the Federal Court granted Instyle leave to further expand its statement of claim to include allegations that GECA, Environmental Assurance and Petar Johnson have made misleading statements about the compliance of GECA’s program with ISO 14024, about GECA’s trade mark being a certification trade mark, and to furniture manufacturers and suppliers about them not being able to obtain White Furniture certification. Instyle is seeking orders restraining the alleged conduct, corrective action and public notification, and damages.We appreciate the support that we have received from our clients since the court case has commenced and thank you in advance for your continued support.For further information visit www.instyle.com.au.Best RegardsMichael FitzsimonsManaging DirectorP: 02 9317 0250E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au20 December 2010Background INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering real environmental change. Instyle has won several high profile sustainability awards, including the following:2010 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Small Business Sustainability Award2010 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award–Business Environmental Best Practice Program2009 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Business Sustainability Award2009 FINALIST United Nations’ World Environment Day Award – Best Specific Environmental Initiative2008 WINNER United Nations’ World Environment Day Award - Business Sustainability Award 2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards – Premier’s Sustainability Excellence Award2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Industry Environmental Sustainability2008 WINNER NSW Government Sustainability Green Globe Awards - Small Business Environmental Sustainability2007 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability2006 FINALIST Banksia Environmental Award - Sustainability INSTYLE’S ETHECO® WOOL FARMER WINS TWO AUSTRALIAN FARMER OF THE YEAR 2010 AWARDS 2010-11-05T04:02:17Z instyle-s-etheco-wool-farmer-wins-two-australian-farmer-of-the-year-2010-awards MEDIA RELEASE 5.11.2010INSTYLE’s EthEco wool farmer Michael Blake scooped up two awards, ‘Wool Producer’ and ‘Biosecurity Farmer’, at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. Bally Glunin Park, in the western district of Victoria, supplies EthEco wool for GLIDE from the LIFE Textiles collection. The Blake’s on-farm sustainable practices are leading edge and often are adopted as best available practices for the industry. “At the time, 10 or 12 years ago, we were going out on a limb, but now these programs are common practice,” he says. For instance, Michael developed a farm safety package, which was eventually taken up by Worksafe Australia and became a national standard. Over the past 30 years Michael has been involved in at least 75 research projects. A natural worm resistance breeding program led to the successful eradication of external parasites without any external chemicals, which have not been used at Bally Glunin for the past fifteen years. The Blake’s also run a specialised breeding program for plain-bodied Merino sheep, which are naturally resistant to flystrike and do not require mulesing. Michael’s passion for sustainable wool growing has led to numerous awards. Michael won the NAB Primary Producer of the Year Award in 2008 and Australia's first Humane Animal Management Assessment Certificate. Michael’s holistic approach to sustainability is strongly aligned with INSTYLE’s. Like INSTYLE, Michael enjoys a challenge and continuously pushes the boundaries of experimentation and education. “I just couldn’t continue if it was just about carrying on the mundane to day-to-day aspects of farming” says Michael. INSTYLE is proud to have Michael as a supplier of EthEco wool for its LIFE Textiles collection. You can visit Bally Glunin Park via INSTYLE’s Farm To Fabric Traceability Program at www.instyle.com.au.For more information contact: Michael Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Instyle Contract Textiles P: + 61 2 9317 0250 E: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au W: www.instyle.com.au Backgroun: INSTYLE is committed to the environment and to delivering 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 UNITED NATIONS' SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNER CRITICAL OF GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA (GECA) STANDARDS 2010-11-04T02:07:59Z united-nations-sustainability-award-winner-critical-of-good-environmental-choice-australia-geca-standards-2 United Nations Sustainability Award winner Instyle Contract Textiles is highly critical of the Good Environmental Choice (GECA) Textile Standard and is pleased that this standard is no longer recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). GECA claims its standards are ‘whole of lifecycle’ based, however this is not true. The GECA Textile 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’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: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au W: www.instyle.com.au 01 November, 2010 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 NSW GOVERNMENT GREEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER CRITICAL OF GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA (GECA) STANDARD 2010-11-04T01:44:53Z nsw-government-green-globe-award-winner-critical-of-good-environmental-choice-australia-geca-standard NSW Government Green Globe Award winner Instyle Contract Textiles is highly critical of the Good Environmental Choice (GECA) Textile Standard and is pleased that this standard is no longer recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). 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’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: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au W: www.instyle.com.au 1st November, 2010 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 GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE AUSTRALIA (GECA) TEXTILE STANDARD IS NOT LIFECYCLE BASED 2010-11-03T04:59:50Z 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: mfitzsimons@instyle.com.au W www.instyle.com.au1st November, 2010Background: 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