Good Environmental Choice Australia
As consumers, we make decisions every day about what we buy. We might select a product because it’s less expensive, has a brand we are familiar with, or because we think it will last longer than the alternative product. However these days many consumers also want to make their purchasing decision based on environmental factors. Because different products have different environmental impacts it is important to be able to select products that are better from an environmental point of view. The problem is it’s often hard to know which product is better for the environment. If you go shopping for paint, shampoo, a computer, furniture, magazines, dishwashing detergent, clothes and many other products, it can be very hard to make a decision with the environment in mind. The information just isn’t there and some manufacturers make claims their products simply don’t support.Most of the decisions we make every day have an environmental impact. Most people know that riding a bicycle to work is less damaging to the environment than driving a car. And we know that putting an extra jumper on in winter creates less greenhouse gases than turning on the heater.
GECA is a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network that serves to coordinate and promote scientifically responsible ecolabelling worldwide in accordance with ISO 14024.
What is the Good Environmental Choice Label?
The Good Environmental Choice Label is the only certification program that provides an independent assessment of the environmental performance of a product or service from a whole of product life perspective and relative to publicly available, voluntary standards that reflect best environmental practices in each product category.
The label is awarded to products that meet standards that have been created and assessed in conformance to international environmental labeling methods. As a result, the GECA mark makes it easy for consumers and purchasing managers to identify environmentally preferable products. In the same sense it provides manufacturers and service organizations with a standard for environmental performance and a basis for promoting their products when they meet this standard.
GECA aims to use the best scientific and technical minds in developing standards that are suitable for the Australian market and government policy for ecologically sustainable development. The program is internationally recognised and growing in demand and awareness throughout Australia.
By looking for and being aware of products and services that have been awarded the GECA label you will be making a better environmental choice.
For more information on the Good Environmental Choice Label for Australia go to the official GECA website: www.geca.org.au