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Interiors Australia & DENFAIR Partner Up with Global GreenTag International to Highlight Australia’s Best Eco Products

Interiors Australia, the interior design & architecture show, coincides with DENFAIR, the high-end contemporary furniture & lighting fair, to present the largest and most comprehensive design event for the world of interiors. Global GreenTag International have partnered to enhance the experience for their members, attendees and the industry as a whole. Global GreenTag makes it easy for specifiers and buyers to recognise the best in healthy eco-products, helping green product manufacturers and suppliers succeed.

Scheduled to run from 10-12 February 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Interiors Australia & DENFAIR will bring together thousands of decision makers from every type of interior project including architects, interior designers, specifiers, builders & developers, manufacturers & distributors, stylists, media, retail & buyers, high end commercial clients and homeowners. With over 300 brands anticipated to present their solutions to more than 11,000 design savvy attendees the Global GreenTag has recognised Interiors Australia & DENFAIR as a vital opportunity and much-needed platform for the industry to come together, connect and do business.

Global GreenTag said:

“We value enormously industry events like DENFAIR and Interiors Australia and to collaborate with the passionate organisations that sit behind them. They are dedicated like Global GreenTag International to promote and usher in an age of more sustainable, healthy and ethical products and projects; giving trail blazers in manufacturing the kind of quality public platforms they deserve to celebrate evolution in interiors’ product design and eclipse beyond business as usual practices.”

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag International 

Interiors Australia & DENFAIR Portfolio Director, Ali Lawes, commented:

‘Ethical and sustainable products are the foundation of a greener future for our industry and we are delighted to partner with Global GreenTag for whom this is at their core. Making it as easy as possible for professionals to specify good products confidently is so important.’

Through this partnership Global GreenTag certified products will be highlighted at the event, on the website and in the event guide, enabling attendees to easily identify eco-friendly products.


Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the peak body for architecture in Australia, are running a stage throughout the event filled with presentations from leading brands on the latest product innovations and much more. By attending the shows and stage presentations architects can potentially earn over half of their annual CPD requirements during the events. Australian Institute of Architects 11,500 members will receive free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the voice of professional design, representing the biggest cohort of interior and industrial designers in Australia, will be curating their own speaker sessions, offering CPD for attendance to the shows, and approved speaker sessions, as well as servicing new and existing members across the three days. All DIA members will receive free entry to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Authentic Design Alliance®(ADA) exists to support the Australian furnishing sector by promoting the importance of investing in original design and the brands who make, sell, create and specify authentic products. ADA will launch of new Podcast series DESIGN-MADE® in Melbourne this October and support Interiors Australia & DENFAIR ensure that replica products aren’t represented on the show floor.

The Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) exists to serve New Zealand’s design community and represent its interests to the wider world. DINZ will contribute to the speaker series and this partnership gives their members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute (KBDI) is a not-for-profit industry group which supports Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers through professional development, business-to-business networking and industry advocacy including promoting the value of engaging professional, committed designers to clients. Through this partnership KBDI will amplify the dedicated Kitchen & Bathroom Zone on the show floor and give KBDI members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing the annual Australian Good Design Awards and other signature design events and initiatives. Good Design Australia will present an exclusive showcase of their 2021 Award winners at Interiors Australia & DENFAIR. This partnership will give Good Design Australia 2021 entrants free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Collarts (Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd) is a dynamic tertiary education college full of passion, individuality and opportunity with a thriving Interior Design faculty. Focused on creating real career pathways into the creative sector for students, Collarts delivers industry-based learning coupled with strong personal and professional development. Collarts Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) students will be designing and building the entrance feature to the shows as well as displaying their work elsewhere. The partnership will also give Collarts students free access to the shows and talks on Saturday 16th October 2021.

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting its network of independent lighting design professionals who satisfy its rigorous qualification process. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. This partnership will see IALD contribute to the speaker series and offer their members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Next Top Designers will be presented through a curated show floor feature shining a spotlight on new and emerging designers, makers and creatives, in collaboration with design centres across Australia. 

Advisory Board members spanning from award winning emerging practices to industry legends who’ve been setting the standards for the past 50 years. Interior architecture and design professionals working across all commercial and residential sectors in boutique studios to major practises. We work collaboratively with our stellar line-up of advisors to help shape the content and narrative of the shows to meet the needs of the design industry.

Enquiries and further comments to:

Ali Lawes I P +61 498 648 310 I E


Interiors Australia & DENFAIR take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th of February. Pre-registration for tickets is available online at

Interiors Australia is the flagship event for interior design and architecture. It incorporates the 7th edition of DENFAIR – Australia’s Contemporary Furniture and Lighting fair. The combination of Interiors Australia and DENFAIR creates the largest interiors exhibition in Australia, offering the most comprehensive overview of the world of interior design by presenting the complete landscape of products across all categories: furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, kitchen and bath, tiles and stone, textiles and wallcoverings, smart technology and architectural products. With over 300 brands on show, CPD-accredited seminars for A&D professionals and the largest gathering of interior designers and architects of any other event. Interiors Australia is the design hub and meeting place for design professionals, their clients and design-seeking enthusiasts.


Interiors Australia is organised by National Media, Australia’s award-winning producer of B2B exhibitions. Since 1993, we’ve established a formidable track record of success delivering industry defining events across dozens of industries and specialist markets. We excel in bringing new events to market that challenge the status quo and create platforms for customers, partners and communities to engage, trade and grow. We excel at what we do, and our customers and industry peers regard us highly. Brilliance is what we strive for. Uncompromising quality, entrepreneurial spirit, passion and above all, trust and integrity are the values we embrace.


Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of environmentally, sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design, Construction, Personal Care and Cleaning – using Global GreenTag CertTM  – one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification and declaration systems in the world.  Helping professionals and consumers to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products, Global GreenTag currently has over 14,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, representing over 150 world leading manufacturers.

WATCH NOW: The Looming Reporting Realities of Modern Slavery Legislation – No One is Exempt

Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs delivered a webinar for Australia Build Online on Friday, June 4 on the realities and demands of Modern Slavery reporting at a product level.  It is an excellent 20 minute presentation and now available to watch ON DEMAND

Removing the dark side of supply chains is the ultimate goal and David strongly advises forward planning by construction industry operators to prepare for accountability.

Companies earning over $100 million per year under legislation are now required to declare and report what is happening in their product supply lines, and it will only be a matter of time before these companies require downline companies to provide critical information.

  • Understand what Modern Slavery actually is – and where it is occurring and feeds into the construction industry.
  • Look at some typical Modern Slavery issues in product supply chains to compare where your company might be positioned, in relation to Modern Slavery impacts.
  • Explore some ways to analyse where your products are coming from and support systems that exist to help you stay clean.
  • Examine measures that some companies and industry groups are already implementing to help eradicate Modern Slavery practices.
  • Be clear about the Modern Slavery Acts (Federal and NSW).
  • Understand the tools that are available to assist compliance, including the Global GreenTag International Modern Slavery Declaration, the first in the world for products.


Get Packaged Right!

Global GreenTag International is speaking at this four hour Masterclass Get Packaged Right: Sustainable Packaging for Food & Drink Products in Global Markets on Thursday, April 15.

The online event has been organised by Seedlab Tasmania who have gathered Global experts in sustainability and social change, and providers of state-of-the-art sustainable food and beverage packaging, including David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director who will be speaking from a product certification perspective to help illustrate, discuss and assess examples of more sustainable packaging options.

Keynote Speaker will be Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, WA Australian of the Year 2020 and Founder of Plastic Free July.

Other presenters are:

Tom Ember, Business Development Manager at Yuto – sustainable Packaging Solutions.

Nathan Hall, Director Fresh Produce and Alliance, Disruptive Packaging.

Iain Blair, Co-founder & Innovation Director at Birdstone Collective : Towards 2025 – Unpacking Sustainable Design.

Shannon Doherty, Head of Special Projects, Planet Protector Packaging.

Register for the event

Seedlab Tasmania guides and supports Tasmanian startup food, drink and agri-tourism businesses start, scale and grow to be export ready.

Delivering Healthy Interiors

A CPD point webinar for Design Matters National – industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors


Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide -12.30-1.30pm, Queensland – 12:00-1:00pm, Darwin – 10.30-11.30pm, Perth 10:00-11:00pm

This webinar brings materials and product intelligence together with design principles to help you deliver healthier interiors for clients – whether that be for commercial fitouts to the now burgeoning requirement in residential to create blended work and living spaces where the health of occupants in the last 12 months has emerged as a compelling priority.

Delivered by Global GreenTag’s Program Director and CEO David Baggs who will provide ways to better select and make informed product choices by understanding:

  • What defines healthy interior design and how to look for transparency when evaluating healthy products and materials, integral to healthy design and important to clients.
  • How best to work with product information provided by the rating tool – the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD) and its HealthRATE system to communicate the toxicology of a product’s ingredients, and highlight its health impacts on the end-user.
  • What to think about during development of design and compliance with health-focused rating tools under WELL, LEED and Green Star

REGISTER Delivering Healthy Interiors

Featured image by Leo Rivas - Upsplash

Read more about the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration (PHD) and GreenTag HealthRATE

Global GreenTag PHD™ (Product Health Declaration™) is the first of its kind in the world – a rating tool recognised and compliant Material Health transparency tool that recognises progressive manufacturers who fully disclose the ingredients of their products and then goes on to rate the healthiness of the product in use – READ MORE

The Global GreenTag HealthRATE™ marks rate the healthiness of products in use for consumers. HealthRATE is a unique peer-reviewed Certification Program that reduces your risk and builds brand trust in demanding markets. Download HEALTH RATE brochure

David Baggs – Bio

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and also operator of the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration and Modern Slavery Declaration programs, which support the advancement and uptake of healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

Educate yourself with two new product focused webinars in March

Product certification matters will be explored in two new educational events in March presented by Global GreenTag International.  One is a Workshop on Facebook looking at reporting compliance with Modern Slavery legislation; the other a CPD point webinar about how to more effectively design, specify and procure products for healthier interiors. David Baggs – CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag will be presenting.

March 25

WORKSHOP: Modern Slavery in Australia. How it impacts your specifications and how to simplify reporting

A Live event on Facebook for industry, organised by Caroma and GWA Group

TIMES:  Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 6:00-7:00pm, Adelaide – 5.30-6.30pm, Queensland – 5:00-6:00pm, Darwin – 4.30-5.30pm, Perth 4:00-5:00pm

  • Learn about the industries’ mandatory engagement in Modern Slavery, as a result of the Federal Government’s legislation in Australia.
  • Understand how it impacts not only your large clients, and suppliers but can impact you and your specifications;
  • Learn about the data level mismatch that makes determining the impacts of products much more difficult if not impossible
  • Discover what resources already exist to assist in choosing products with Modern Slavery Assessments; and
  • Find out how to simplify reporting when it does impact you.

REGISTER Modern Slavery in Australia

March 26

Delivering Healthy Interiors

A CPD point webinar for Design Matters National – industry education organisation for the  Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assesors

Register here:

TIMES: Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide -12.30-1.30pm, Queensland – 12:00-1:00pm, Darwin – 10.30-11.30pm, Perth 10:00-11:00pm

This webinar brings materials and product intelligence together with design principles to help you deliver healthier interiors for clients – whether that be for commercial fitouts to the now burgeoning requirement in residential to create blended work and living spaces where the health of occupants in the last 12 months has emerged as a compelling priority.

David will provide ways to better select and make informed product choices by understanding:

  • What defines healthy interior design and how to look for transparency when evaluating healthy products and materials, integral to healthy design and important to clients.
  • How best to work with product information provided by the rating tool – the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD) and its HealthRATE system to communicate the toxicology of a product’s ingredients, and highlight its health impacts on the end-user.
  • What to think about during development of design and compliance with health-focused rating tools under WELL, LEED and Green Star

REGISTER Delivering Healthy Interiors

Accessing verified supply chain information for Modern Slavery Statements

Webinar: 10:00am – 11:00am AEDT, Wednesday, December 2nd 2020

Presenter: David Baggs, CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag International

Learn how to simplify your Modern Slavery procurement responses, reduce compliance risks and enhance your company’s brand and reputation further with third party verified supply chain information from over 100 ethical manufacturers.

We invite you to this 1 hour webinar on Wednesday, December 2 that will include time for your questions to explore the world’s first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products – the Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Declaration.

The new Australian Federal Government Modern Slavery Legislation is kicking in this second half of 2020 and the pressure is on for companies earning consolidated revenue of over $100 million to provide supporting documentation to back their Modern Slavery Statements. A pressure that is also being felt downline.

A sizeable aspect of bringing together a Modern Slavery Statement must include evidence and assurance of accurate reporting of production practices behind products and materials. Companies who supply and serve into larger top 3000 organisations are increasingly being asked to provide appropriate verified documentation.

This is where Global GreenTag can assist to simplify and streamline the process.

We have always assessed for core aspects of Modern Slavery in supply chains as it is a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standards where we demand 100 percent transparency during both our certification and declaration processes.

With the Global GreenTag Modern Slavery Declaration, however we go deeper with products to directly deal with supply chain information beyond Tier 1 suppliers globally to provide a declaration report of Modern Slavery issues and risks. It is the first of its kind in the world at a product level that we believe is needed to help overcome incidences of Modern Slavery continuing and has been in development since 2015.

We all have an ethical and moral obligation now to do the right thing and we believe that we can provide a solution to serve your organisation and its procurement partners around the production of Modern Slavery Statements, especially for organisations with large procurement portfolios.

We hope you can join us on December 2 to learn more.

For further enquiries, please contact Debra Robertson by email: or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

Register here!

Unique Tool and Product Health Rating System Will Make Green Building Professionals’ Jobs Easier & Faster

Global GreenTag International has dramatically increased it benefits to the global building industry, receiving news that the world’s leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1 now formally recognizes its ground-breaking Product Health Declaration™ (the Global GreenTag PHD™) in the USA and in over 167 countries worldwide.

Significantly Global GreenTag’s PHD is the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be LEED® and WELL™ compliant and take assessment to the next level by providing a unique ‘Healthiness in use’ rating for products once installed in a building or home; making green professionals’ jobs easier and faster while delivering healthier outcomes for their clients.

“This compliance documentation pathway comes at a pivotal time with health and wellness being at the forefront of peoples’ minds now more than ever,” according to Daniel Huard, LEED Fellow and the CEO of Global GreenTag Americas. “The US Green Building Council provided multiple levels of iterative reviews before ultimately approving the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED® projects in the USA and globally.”

For manufacturers, the news from LEED makes product certification so much easier and cost efficient given that the product certifier now offers a unique one-stop certification system for products recognized by most of the major international building rating systems; enabling manufacturers to avoid multiple fees certifying with different systems in different countries.

“Our certification programs have unparalleled international rating tool reach, which is what many of our global clients seek for their products,” says Mr Huard.

“The Global GreenTag PHD™ and HealthRATE™ the ‘healthiness in use’ rating scheme are advanced levels of health certification, embraced by advanced manufacturers who want to highlight the health attributes of their certified product lines.


The unique value of the Global GreenTag PHD™ for industry professionals is that it offers detailed toxicology information about constituent materials in products and simultaneously provides simplified ratings underpinned by peer reviewed science to clarify health impacts that products may or may not have on end users, without any need for interpretation by designers, architects or construction teams. The program also considers environmental impacts in the hazard assessments.

“This is especially important information for new construction, existing building and refurbishment projects attempts to improve the health of peoples’ working and living environments while helping to protect the planet,” says Mr Huard.

Global GreenTag’s product certification and declaration programs are underpinned by not only deep science but also ISO, REACH and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards and systems.  In 2018, they increased rigor of the Global GreenTag PHD™ program to provide industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. Mr Huard adds:

“This was a significant increase that equals the most stringent Product Disclosures in the world and the unique value of the GreenTag PHD, is that it firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients. It then offers toxicology information about the constituent materials in products and then also uniquely informs through its Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes.”

The Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard was born in Australia in 2010, under the leadership of co-founder and multi-award winning green building architect and sustainability consultant of over 40 years, David Baggs LFAIA. For more than 10 years, Mr Baggs has also been Program Director and CEO of Global GreenTag International that operates and develops the Global GreenTag International Certifications and Declarations Programs, originally conceived to support the growth of green product and building industries worldwide.  Speaking from Brisbane in Australia, Mr Baggs said:

“We are thrilled to be recognized now globally by LEED®, which is truly one of the most powerful game changers in the built environment. What LEED® certification demands at a building level, Global GreenTag certification pushes the boundaries at a product level.  It is a great day for our international team who work sincerely, professionally and passionately with the Global GreenTag Standard every day to deliver user focussed information about healthier and more eco-friendly product outcomes.”

“The achievement of this latest LEED recognition is indicative of the exemplary ethos and capability of our Global GreenTag team. The major focus of their work is to support the development and growth of sustainable materials and manufacturing for not only for the benefit of design, construction, interiors, operations and maintenance procurement professionals, but homeowners too.”

“Most importantly, GreenTag is a system robustly backed by world’s best practice science with inbuilt and demonstrable integrity. It is built on a culture and practice of all-encompassing internal and external peer review and third party verification and certification of its own practices and processes,” stated Mr Huard, appointed CEO of Global GreenTag Americas when the company opened its doors in the USA at Greenbuild 2018.

“Furthermore, Global GreenTag assessment and the inherent information generated also assists many amazing manufacturers to push the envelope of sustainability in their product design and manufacturing.”

“The system also has great depth yet provides accessible and easy to follow metrics and rating scorecards to simplify green and healthy product selection” he said.

“GreenTag’s goal from the beginning was to facilitate green professionals’ choice of more healthy and sustainable products by encouraging greater transparency in the product manufacturing processes.”

“The ultimate effect of this is to minimize project and product impacts on human health and wellbeing and ultimately to help protect, preserve and restore our fragile eco-systems all while reducing the workload on increasingly busy professionals. I am very happy to play a role in accomplishing these goals,” said Mr Huard.

The USGBC updated the LEED Addenda on July 10: addenda/100002394

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: David Baggs

Benefits of Sustainable Building – Global GreenTag joins CPD webinar with Weathertex, Mirvac, Planet Ark, Envirotecture & TS Constructions

The first of a series of sustainability focused webinars on organised by Weathertex begins next Tuesday, May 26th at 12.30pm and David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director is one of the key experts who will discuss: Benefits of Sustainable Building.

Building construction currently consumes between 30-50% of raw materials worldwide. With significant growth taking place in the building sector, it’s important to make more informed choices when it comes to sustainable building with regards to the impact that material sourcing will have on the environment .

Sustainable construction goes beyond green building practices — structures are designed to have a lower environmental impact over their entire lifetime, while providing a normal level of comfort, durability, wellbeing and functionality for occupants.

Learn about the benefits (environment & wellbeing), challenges as well as any misconceptions of sustainable building.  Learn and Earn 1 Informal CPD Point.

Join Weathertex and host Andrew Savage of BDM Architecture & Design NSW and five key experts in this field to discuss this topic in more detail:

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International
Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, as well as CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PhD) and EPD Program Operators for healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

Global GreenTagCertTM is a third party, multi-criteria, consensus based and externally verified Type 1 ecolabelling program. One of the largest product sustainability certification systems in Australia and globally. GreenTag is the first Certification Mark in the sector approved by the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the US Patents and Trademarks Office and the only certifier to be recognised by all the major international green building rating tools, across the globe.

David Rowlinson, Campaign Manager of Planet Ark and Make it Wood
David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live harmoniously with nature. Established in 1992, they are one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively.

Naomi Martin, Sustainability Manager Constructions of Mirvac Group

Naomi is responsible for delivering Mirvac’s ambitious ‘This Changes Everything’ Sustainability Targets throughout Mirvac’s Construction Business. In particular she works with construction projects to deliver on waste reduction and materials efficiency, recycling, community investment, social procurement and modern slavery initiatives.

Naomi is a sustainability professional with seventeen years of diverse environmental and sustainability experience across government, industry associations and consulting in Australia and the UK.   She has experience in driving sustainability across a range of scales, from national policy development at Green Building Council of Australia; to corporate strategy at Sydney Opera House; to environmental regulation at EPA Victoria; to detailed program delivery, project management, delivery and reporting at Sydney Opera House and Mirvac.

Dick Clark, Principal of Envirotecture

Dick Clarke is Principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35

years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.

He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDAA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Dick currently sits on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.  He has been design director of many hundreds of projects 35 years, with sustainability as the major driver over that whole period (with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is), and his work has covered a wide variety of project sizes and types.

Dick has edited the sought after book for designers, builders and home-owners, How to Rethink Building Materials.

Tony O’Connell, Director TS Constructions VIC

The desire to deliver an exceptional result for clients in all aspects of construction is what drives Tony O’Connell, a Director of TS Constructions. Tony commenced his construction career at a local volume builder, learning the basics of delivering a project on time and budget.

Seeking greater challenges, he joined TS Constructions in 2000 and accepted a partnership in the company in 2006.  He is a qualified MBA Green Living builder and has completed a Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Environmental Management) and a Diploma of Building and Construction.

Tony has the ability to take an initial concept from a client and develop it into a construction project that runs seamlessly from start to finish.  His knowledge of practical sustainability initiatives means that he can find solutions that are cost effective and provide long term benefits with minimal environmental impact.

Tony’s other interests revolve around a love of parkrun, a free, weekly, volunteer led 5km run or walk as well as Ultra Marathon running, competing in trail races up to 100km long. Tony is a life member of Wonthaggi CFA and a life member of the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.



For more on the Webinex Talks Series, visit Weathertex

Coronavirus Procedure introduced by Global GreenTag Supports Companies Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

Effective from February 20, 2020, Global GreenTag International introduced a Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on current and future certification projects, until further notice.

Unfortunately, due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, GreenTag assessors have been notified that many factories, especially in China, have closed, and, with no clear date of when they will be operational again.

GreenTag has therefore introduced its new Coronavirus Procedure to support businesses affected who are currently unable to collect data required by GreenTag assessors to conduct product assessments and re-certifications.

Under the new Procedure, Global GreenTag will be handling the issue in two ways:

  1. New product certification projects or existing certifications with new or additional materials. These assessment projects will be put on hold indefinitely, and at no extra cost to clients, until factories resumes activities and are operational again.
  2. Clients with products that are currently going through re-certification processes. GreenTag will honour and support the re-certification flow through of these products for clients too. As long as a re-certifying product’s supply chain remains unchanged from the last certification cycle, then clients will have a 12-month grace period as long as they submit the required supply chain information before the next Renewal cycle begins.

Please consult GreenTag’s full details about the Coronavirus COVID-19 Adaptation Assessment Procedure on our website:

Original cover photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash


Global GreenTag CEO Chairs Sustainability Summit at New York Build Expo 2020

Daniel Huard, Chief Executive Officer of Global GeenTag Americas will be taking up the role of Sustainability Chairman this year for the New York Build Expo and the line-up for the one-day event on March 3rd “is stellar” reports Mr Huard who will be facilitating the presentations and conversations between more than 20 sustainability- focused speakers.

Global GreenTag International in 2019 became the Global Sustainability Partners for Build event organisers, Oliver Kinross Events, the London and Hong Kong based company that are behind New York Build, London Build, Sydney Build and Chicago Build.

Global GreenTag personnel are assisting Oliver Kinross teams to curate educational content for Build expos with particular emphasis on sustainability to create more value for Build event visitors. Daniel successfully kicked off the Partnership last year as a Chair for the Sustainability Summit at Chicago Build Expo.

Speakers for the Sustainability Summit at New York Build will be “talking to an exciting range of sustainability topics and projects,” says Daniel, and covering both local (New York) and global sustainable construction initiatives in.  Amongst the speakers, presenters include:

Emily Durand, the Sustainability Program Manager of Skanska, who will uncover strategies that the project development and construction group have been using to address carbon across the life cycle of buildings: Carbon in Construction – Tools for Impact;

Michael Tumulty, Vice President – H2M Architects & engineers, is delivering on Stronger and More Resilient Infrastructure to Address the Effects of Climate Change;

Monica Beall, Director of Sustainability, Construction for Lendlease will be presenting on Making Sustainability on Construction Sites A Reality;

Jo Palma, Founder & Design Partner of PALMA will be delivering on The Future of Sustainability in Tall Structures.

A major panel event is also part of the Summit and titled: Championing Sustainability – speakers include Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, Vice President – Policy – Real Estate Board of New York, Thomas Abdallah, Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer – MTA New York City Transit and Ellen Zielinksi, Director of Sustainability – New York City Housing Authority

Read more about the full line-up of speakers.

Global GreenTag invites you to join us at New York Build Expo – REGISTER FOR FREE

Read more about:

BIO: Daniel A. Huard

BIO: Global GreenTag LLC, Americas

Water Removal Efficiency – the Dedication Behind Stormtech’s LCARate GOLD Certified Grates and Drains.  

We speak to Rochelle Ramage, Account Manager from Stormtech for this latest episode of the Global GreenTag Green Heroes video interview series. Stormtech’s 7 products certified under the Global GreenTag Standard have achieved exemplary outcomes, all with GreenTag EPDs and PHDs and ranked highly with LCARate GOLD, and GreenRate Level A ratings … for features that include no toxic impacts, a design for disassembly and a take-back-scheme at end of life for recycling and re-use.

Stormtech is an Australian family business originally started by John Creighton in 1989. John was asked by an architect to help design a hobless shower for a wheelchair bound client wanting to shower without a carer. A shower without a hob required a very special drainage grate, which John Creighton invented.

With it’s elegant finish, and surface water removal efficiency, this drainage design was adopted as standard, patented, and is now the Stormtech 65ARG Slimline linear drain.standard, patented, and is now the Stormtech 65ARG Slimline linear drain.

SEE Stormtech’s Global GreenTag Certified Products HERE

GREENBUILD 2018 Community in the US is calling Global GreenTag International ‘POSITIVELY DISRUPTIVE’

The stars aligned for Global GreenTag International as our team descended into the USA last month for the 2018 USGBC GREENBUILD expo and conference in Chicago. New strategic industry partnerships were forged and celebrated and are now taking off and we finally launched Global GreenTag in the Americas. All in all, every one of the 5 days spent in Chicago and at GREENBUILD 2018 was a great success.

The Global GreenTag International (GGTI) team had many meetings with potential partners and a range of ongoing discussions and key moments, including:

  • The appointment of a CEO for Global GreenTag Americas, the highly experienced sustainability and green building expert, LEED Fellow and WELL Academy Member- Daniel Huard.
  • Meeting the US Green Building Council CEO Mahesh Ramanujam, receiving a warm welcome on our launch in the USA and assurances that our application for formal LEED recognition of Global GreenTag’s PhDs (Product Health Declarations) is being handled expeditiously;
  • The successful roll-out of GGTI’s new API accessible digital database that is now synchronised daily with, Mindful Materials and Sourced® by Delos, with GGTI transparency content now also available through Sustainable and more general content on
  • Hundreds of conversations with the A & D community … the buzz around Global GreenTag International and people talking about the “Positively Disruptive’ benefits of the various GGTI certified product programs.
  • And, an amazing GREENBUILD closing celebration event at the Field Museum, Chicago will never be forgotten, not forgetting to mention of course, the amazing Chicago deep dish pizza.

At the International WELL Building Institute™ Function, Global GreenTag International founding directors, David Baggs (CEO & Program Director) and Mary-Lou Kelly (Managing Director) also joined forces with Raefer Wallis and Rebecca Best from GIGA, the founders of the Origin Products Portal that supports Mindful Materials®, Sourced by Delos®, Reset and other integrated product databases where products are pre-qualified for LEED, WELL, Mindful Materials and Delos Program Requirements.

GGTI also caught up with key players in the WELL group.  In the photo above, from left to right, are WELL’s Jack Noonan, Senior Director, Australia & New Zealand, Market Solutions, Rachel Gutter, President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), GGTI’s David Baggs and Mary-Lou Kelly,  Liz Miles, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at IWBI and Adam Garnys, Principal Consultant at CETEC Pty Ltd. David Baggs says:

 “It was great to meet many of the people behind the global phenomenon that is the WELL™ Building program and put faces to names. The professional way that WELL is run and the global success it is achieving is great a testament to their efforts.”

The team also spent time with Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and President and CEO, Green Business Certification Inc., seen above with GGTI’s Directors, Mary-Lou and David.

Overall, says David Baggs: “Our visit and campaign into the USA has been one of the most successful on record, since we launched in 2011. The support that we have received for the the USA launch has been extraordinary and we want to extend a huge thanks to Rebecca Best and Raefer Wallis of the GIGA team for inviting us to participate in the Mindful Materials Pavilion and the ‘MATERIALIZE’ Panel Discussion on ‘Materials Crosswalk: Certification Program Synergies.’

By the end of our visit, we had truly felt that Global GreenTag International had landed successfully in the USA and made a noticeable splash. A big thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome!”


Global GreenTag Certifications, Declarations and Verifications take deep scientific health and sustainability assessments and turn them into intuitive product ratings and reports to simplify the A&D and Construction sectors’ green product decisions.

Global GreenTag International Pty Ltd is an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning Type 1 (Third Party) Ecolabelling, Product Certification, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product health Declaration (PhD) program operator based in Australia, but with offices and representation also in South Africa, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Americas (Canada, North and Latin America). Global GreenTag programs are formally recognised in WELL™, BREEAM International, EarthCheck®, Green Star®, LOTUS® and the Malaysian Government’s MyHIJAU program and compliant with credit requirements in LEED® (PhDs and EPDs), and BREEAM® (EPDs).


Rainforest Trust Attracts Support From Green Product Certifier – Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag International has stepped up its commitment to help protect the world’s endangered rainforests, wildlife habitats and natural resources. It has become an official sponsor of the U.S. based conservation, non-profit organisation, Rainforest Trust, as part of the Trust’s Conservation Program.

Global GreenTag is one of the most advanced certification companies in the world with a strong focus on providing transparent and scientifically backed information about green building products that professionals globally can trust to help alleviate serious environmental impacts and create healthier and greener built environments.

Founding directors of Global GreenTag, Mary-Lou Kelly and David Baggs, this week said that they are honoured to position Global GreenTag as a proud sponsor and supporter of Rainforest Trust activities, which in Australia recently included the purchase of a further nine properties to protect endangered wildlife in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. The biodiversity of rainforests is critical for the future of the whole planet to protect and preserve, they said, so we are taking this new role very seriously as product manufacturing can have big impacts on the environment, if it is not done responsibly.

The initiatives of the Rainforest Trust are closely aligned with that of Global GreenTag, says David Baggs, who is also Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.  “It is a dire situation. We need to help protect the earth’s rainforests and wildlife habitats where nearly 70,000 acres of rainforests are being destroyed every day, and sadly pushing more animals to the brink of extinction.”

“As a certifier of green products, we put eco-systems high on the agenda, especially the world’s rainforests.  Manufacturers must be accountable for what they take from it and what they do to it.  Rainforests are the lungs of the planet, they help to regulate the earth’s temperature and weather patterns; they offer such rich resources from food to medicine and are home to increasingly threatened wildlife species as well as indigenous communities.”

“We want to assure consumers and professional product buyers that certified green and more environmentally sensitive product options are available, compared with non-certified products that we don’t know anything about – from where they are sourced to how they are made and how they are disposed of.”

Since 1988, the Rainforest Trust has helped safeguard over 18 million acres of wildlife habitat around the world. By working with in-country partners and communities to identify ecosystems that are home to the planet’s most threatened species, the Trust has helped create over 100 protected areas across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Global GreenTag International, which has offices in Australia, Mainland China/Taiwan and Hong Kong, South Africa and Malaysia, is dedicated to helping to raise awareness of progressive manufacturers who are helping to lessen impacts on the environment. The Global GreenTag Cert TM certification standard places emphasis on the need to disclose information about the whole life cycle of a product from beginning to end use.

For more information about Global GreenTag, or to organise an interview with David Baggs or Mary-Lou Kelly, please contact Debra Robertson, or by phone:  1300 263 586

WHAT DOES THE RAINFOREST MEAN TO YOU? Global GreenTag International is now a proud sponsor of the Rainforest Trust Conservation Program and we are part of a campaign to save more acres of rainforest leading up to Earth Day. GreenTag's Product Certification team (left-right) Mathilde Vlieg, Dr Judy Luo, Nana Bortsie-Aryee, Shloka Ashar and Program Director David Baggs have a lot to say about what they #SeeTheRainforestFor ...

Australian Modern Slavery Act – Global GreenTag Pledges Support


A coalition of organisations, including Global GreenTag, has released a Statement of Support for the development of legislation to combat Modern Slavery.

According to the Global Slavery Index, modern slavery is a significant global human rights issue with an estimated 40 million people living in some form of modern slavery around the world, including human trafficking, servitude, child labour, sex trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage.

Australia is not immune with an estimated 4,300 people living under modern slavery conditions.

The Australian Government, through a joint-standing committee is investigating legislation to combat Modern Slavery with the intention of introducing legislation that will make it a requirement for large companies to investigate and report on modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

It is an important initiative that every company should get behind, says David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag.

“We have vested ethical interest as a highly transparent, product certification label. Just as we are driven to protect and preserve the environment and earth’s natural systems and resources, Global GreenTag is also committed as part of its certification standard to assess protection policies and measures for the protection of people who both work with or who are affected by manufacturing processes and all along the product supply chain. We are very pleased to support for the establishment of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.”

Edward Santow, the Human Rights Commissioner says the Statement of Support is intended to assist the reform processes and provide guiding principles; including transparency, accountability, victim support and leadership. He says:

“This Statement is significant because it brings together a diverse group of leaders from the Australian business community, civil society, the religious community and academia.

“As leaders, we support a unified approach in addressing modern slavery. This is the only way that real change can take place.”

The Statement of Support was released at the end of October and says a Modern Slavery Act should be aligned with and reinforce the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It says clear guidance and support should be provided for organisations that find modern slavery in their operations or supply chains. It says there should be access to appropriate information, remedies and support for victims.

The Signatories of the Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act are:

Anti-Slavery Australia UTS
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans
Australian Human Rights Commission
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Global Green Tag
Green Building Council Australia
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
The Freedom Partnership
UNSW Law & Australian Human Rights Institute

For More information, Download

2017 Statement of Support for Australian Modern Slavery Act

2017 Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act


Global GreenTag Websites are NOW MORE USER FRIENDLY and have just been enhanced to make product searching so much more fluid and to show all Certification features right up front in the product search results pages.

The upgrade is particularly going to make it a lot easier for built environment professionals to search quickly and make product buying decisions.

Industry professionals like architects, designers and specifiers are now able to VIEW AND COMPARE in the search directory which products – AT A GLANCE – have a GreenRate, an LCARate, an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration and/or a Global GreenTag PHD (Product Health Declaration). All certification rankings and achievements are in green and sit below each product image and name.

The new system will make it easier and more obvious to manufacturers what their competition has!

The search function on the site also enables visitors to quickly search for other, relevant information and articles that are pertinent to their enquiry.

Take a test drive NOW

Global GreenTag Invites You To Comment

Global GreenTag currently has 5 Building PCRs (Product Category Rules) in two stakeholder consultations open for public view and comment.  As stakeholders, we invite you to participate in these public consultations to help us finalise our next set of Building PCRs in collaboration with the Evah Institute.

PCRs are important as they underpin our ISO 14025 and EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program that runs in accordance with GreenTag’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reporting processes.

PCRs determine what product information should be gathered, how that information should be evaluated, and how it should be presented in a form of environmental declaration.

Of course, this process of defining PCRs to building products, eventually supports the task of industry professionals globally who are working on projects under building schemes, including Green Star,  LEEDv4 compliant (currently used in 140+ countries) and BREEAM compliant (used in 40+ countries).

To participate in the consultation, please register here:

Please submit comments and questions, including request for the GreenTag  EPD Program Operation Rules, to

The PCRs for Public Consultation:

The public consultation period for the following PCR commenced on May 23, 2017 and will close on June 23, 2017.  The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to

The public consultation period for the following PCRs commenced on May 17 will close on June 19, 2017. The draft PCR is accessible through the links below. Please submit comments and questions, including requests for the GreenTag EPD Program Operation Rules, to

Meet the NAC: Sophi MacMillan –Sustainable Industry Advocate and Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia

Global GreenTag is proud to have sustainable industry champion Sophi MacMillan serving on its National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the development of the GreenTag building products standard. She has been in Europe this month presenting at a global technical vinyl conference ‘PVC 2017’, and the European VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 on some of the innovative work the Australian vinyl industry has been achieving.

Sophi is an Environmental Scientist (with more than 20 years experience) who has worked for the PVC sector’s industry association, the Vinyl Council of Australia, since its establishment in June 1998; serving as the body’s Chief Executive since 2002.

With the Vinyl Council, Sophi works with companies and stakeholders across the supply chain for vinyl products in Australia to reduce social, environmental and health impacts associated with the life cycle of PVC products, addressing these with pragmatic and innovative solutions.  She has been instrumental in the establishment and management of the Australian PVC Stewardship Program, which has around 40 company signatories, and in development of the Best Practice PVC accreditation scheme recognised in Green Star. She is an advocate for fostering green building practices and the use of sustainably managed building materials.

With experience in strategic planning, stakeholder relations and communications across a range of organisations, sectors and government bodies in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, Sophi is also a director and former Chair (2014-16) of the Asia Pacific Vinyl Network which encourages improved health, safety and environmental performance of the vinyl industry in the region, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Global Vinyl Council. Previously, she was a Director and Deputy Chair of the Building Products Industry Council in Australia and Chair of the Strategic Issues Advisory Group for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association in Australia.
Other members of Global GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee on Building Products  are:

Professional Associations

Mark Thomson –  Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic


Dr Dominique Hes – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Product Category Rules – GreenTag Wants Your Say

Global GreenTag currently has 7 Building PCRs (Product Category Rules) ready to release for public review.

As stakeholders, we invite you to participate in this public consultation to help us finalise our next set of Building PCRs in collaboration with the Evah Institute.

PCRs are important as they underpin our ISO 14025 and EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program that runs in accordance with GreenTag’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reporting processes.

PCRs determine what product information should be gathered, how that information should be evaluated, and how it should be presented in a form of environmental declaration.

Of course, this process of defining PCRs to building products, eventually supports the task of industry professionals globally who are working on projects under building schemes, including Green Star,  LEEDv4 compliant (currently used in 140+ countries) and BREEAM compliant (used in 40+ countries).

The Global GreenTag PCR public consultation will take place over a 30 day period, commencing March 20, 2017 and closing April 20, 2017.  It will address the following 7 PCR building product areas:

  • Furniture
  • Wet Area Wall Cladding
  • Wet Area Floor Covering
  • Flood Coverings
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Acoustic Insulation
  • Boiled, Chilled and Filtered Potable Water Systems

To participate in the consultation, please register here:

Please submit comments and questions, including request for the GreenTag  EPD Program Operation Rules, to

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:


The Laminex Group

Kingspan Insulation

CSR Bradford


USG Boral

Carter Holt Harvey

Altro Safety Flooring

Kingspan Insulated Panels

Armstrong Ceilings



Polyflor Australia


Schiavello Group

Knauf Insulation

Knauf Plasterboard



Assa Abloy

Innowood  Australia Pty Ltd

Gunnersen Pty Ltd


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


Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone –


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


Greg Miller – Griffith University

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone –

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


Dr Dominique Hes – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

David Baggs Joins Judging Panel at 4th International Green Interiors Awards

The 4th International Green Interiors Awards for 2017 is being launched in Sydney this week and David Baggs, GreenTag’s CEO has been invited for the first time by Australian Living to be a judge.

Entries for the international awards event, which has grown considerably since its inception, opens at the end of November. The shortlist for the awards will be announced on May 25th and winners will be announced on June 8th.

“The Awards are becoming a great institution,” says David Baggs. “Last year there were some fantastic entries and I look forwards to being part of the judging process to decide the winners in 2017. “

“Holding up to the world and the market place exemplary certified sustainable products for interiors projects is a huge part of GreenTag’s business. Helping to drive people and markets to fully embrace green interiors is our key agenda too because we want more people to understand both what their choices maybe doing to our planet and their health and facilitate designers to proactively choose products that help secure a safe future.”

The 2015 winners of the Green Interior Awards included designs from South Africa, Australia, USA and Austria. In 2017, the event is going further afield with support from prestigious organisations around the planet, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Israel Green Building Council and other leading eco-labels around the world who, like GreenTag, support the growth of healthier interior design and materials in which to live and work.

To play a more vital role in the event, partnering opportunities with the International Green Interior Awards are still available. If you have a green brand, it’s a great way to put yourself before a high quality audience and key industry decision makers. Plus, connect with a unique Awards program that is 100% about rewarding the use of green interior products used in projects locally and across the globe.

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.