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AUTEX ACHIEVES PlatinumHEALTH … all their Global GreenTag International Certified Products ARE WELL™ READY!!!

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Global GreenTag International congratulates Autex Industries Ltd / Autex Pty Ltd this week for becoming the first manufacturer to have ALL of their Global GreenTag International Certified Products ready for the WELL™ Building Program at the highest level. Eleven Autex products now all carry a PlatinumHEALTH Global GreenTag PhD™ (Product Health Declaration™) … an essential for entrance into future WELL™ building projects.

Autex specialises in the development and manufacture of innovative polyester insulation products.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International says: “It is marvellous news. We applaud Autex for certifying their achievements …and going the extra step to assure the market that their products are indeed safe for human health.  Their manufacturing processes are exemplary. They are heroes in the cause to protect humans as well as protecting and preserving the health of natural resources and the environment. They have a done a great job,”

All Autex Pty Limited polyester insulation products are manufactured with high recycled content of Post-Consumer and Post-Industrial origin under an integrated management system that combines strict ISO9001 quality control and ISO14001 environmental management standards. They specialise in advanced fibre technology, supplying to a diverse range of consumer, commercial and specialty industrial products to markets all over the world.

Autex products under the Global GreenTag Cert TM system with the PlatinumHEALTH PhDTM comply with the following WELL credits:

  • Feature 04 VOC Reduction Part 4 Insulation,
  • Feature 25 Toxic Material Reduction Part 2 Flame Retardant Limitation,
  • Feature 26 Enhanced Material Safety Part 1 Precautionary Material Selection, and
  • Feature 97 Material Transparency Part 1 Material Information, under the WELL Building Standard™

The eleven Autex products now WELL ready are:

Quietspace Ceiling Tiles

Quietspace 3D Tiles

Quietspace Panel

Cube

Workstation

Symphony

Composition Acoustic Fabric

Greenstuf Underfloor Insulation

Greenstuf Acoustic Insulation

Greenstuf Thermal Insulation

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Global GreenTag’s PhD is the first health transparency tool in the world to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

“It’s a bold move for manufacturers to fully disclose with 100 percent transparency the toxicity information of their products but this is the privilege and edge that progressive manufacturers, who have pursued and improved ways to be more sustainable, now have in the green building market,” says David Baggs.

For WELL, it was also an important factor when GreenTag applied for WELL recognition, as health is a core deliverable in the WELL equivalencies, says David, adding:

“We can now look forward to following where Global GreenTag Certified products with Product Health Declarations (PhDs) are used on WELL projects.  We are looking at a number of projects already on the horizon and with a PhD in hand, we are pleased that quite a few manufacturers now have the opportunity to step more easily into the rapidly expanding Australian WELLTM market but also the USA and 30+ other countries where WELLTM projects have a significant presence.”

For products to qualify for a GreenTag PhD, they first need to be certified under the Global GreenTag International Standard v.4.0 and additional fees or charges may be required to upgrade products that are currently certified under Version 3.2 of the standard.

Manufacturers who wish to further discuss their options to secure a PhD are invited to email Brett Hazlett: manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

 

Manufacturers under Global GreenTag’s PhD … Where do YOU stand?

If you are a manufacturer, we encourage you to attend this important information seminar to receive a glimpse of where your products might stand within the rating scale of the new Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool that has just been released on the Australian market.

This seminar, lead by GreenTag’s CEO and Technical Director David Baggs, will be held at DesignBUILD Expo in Sydney  on Thursday, May 4 at the International Convention Centre – and is free!

GreenTag’s PhD tool addresses human health concerns directly.  It is the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

To read more about the PhD tool and to REGISTER a seat at the seminar, please CLICK HERE

Applying Healthy Building Design Using Global GreenTag’s PhD

This practical PhD seminar will be run in conjunction with DesignBUILD Expo in Sydney – and is free!

The seminar is specifically for building professionals who want to reduce their risks on future projects by harnessing Global GreenTag’s new Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool, which was released on the Australian market at the end of March.

GreenTag’s PhD tool addresses human health concerns directly.  It is the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

To read more about the PhD tool and to REGISTER for this seminar on Friday, May 5th at the International Convention Centre at DesignBUILD:  CLICK HERE

 

 

GreenTag Goes to War on Hidden Toxins in Australian Homes

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Inside the Australian home can be a health hazard with a range of unsuspecting products hiding toxic ingredients that are risky for families (even unborn babies) to live with, but a radical new certification tool for delving into product toxicity, designed by Global GreenTag International, is set to finally expose and disclose these hazards to help consumers make healthier buying decisions.

Called a Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ the new certification tool will be the first of its kind in the world. The tool was launched today in Sydney at Total Facilities 2017 by David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of GreenTag who told a packed industry audience:

“A product health declaration of this level is a radical entry into the market but it is very necessary. We have known for a long time from studies that negative human health issues are connected to product toxicity, causing skin irritations, allergies, reproductive and endocrine defects, cancer and other illnesses.  Unfortunately, there are personal care,  cleaning and even building and interiors products still being sold that hide toxins and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, BPA and banned Phthalates in composite wood panels, packaging or fabrics, or solvents from wood lacquers, which have a disproportionately high impact on small children and can even have significant affects on babies while they are still in the womb.”

The PhD health tool will demand of manufacturers a 100 percent transparency to 100 parts per million of any product’s individual ingredients’ toxicity information to make a PhD HEALTH certification rating.  The good news is, GreenTag announced, a number of progressive manufacturers in Australia and Europe have already signed up.

For professional users, the GreenTag PhD tool will also work hand in hand with building rating platforms, including Green Star®, WELL®, LEED® and BREEAM® and industry delegates welcomed the tool as a positive boost for building professionals who need critical and transparent specification information to reduce risks in designing for healthy interiors, and workplace efficiency.

Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said:

“When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Health Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

 

Global GreenTag’s job is to assess the toxicity of products against the classification and labelling of chemicals under the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.  Three categories of hazards are assessed and organised as to how they can affect human health and also environmental health.

Behind the development of GreenTag’s latest certification process – the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ – are a number of third party studies that link product health with human health.  The most recent evidence which addresses product toxicity and impacts on human health were highlighted in a study from the US, released in 2016, in which dust studies were conducted for their window into chemicals present in a range of typical indoor scenarios, particularly residential.

The study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) found a concerning combination of chemicals present and leaching or gassing off from products that people take in daily through their skin and airways.

The study found:

  • Nine general hazard traits associated with 35 chemicals that were both included in the intake assessment and were listed under the Safer Consumer Products Candidate Chemical Listings.

The study identified:

  • Exposure to one or more of these chemical classes has been associated with adverse health effects including reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cognitive and behavioral impairment in children, cancer, asthma, immune dysfunction, and chronic disease.

The study called for:

  • A full understanding of these household level drivers of high exposure is critical to the development of mitigation strategies including regulatory interventions.

GreenTag’s product assessment procedures for Australia, which now includes the Product Health Declaration™ or GreenTag PhD™ are aligned to the new GHS system, from January 1st, 2017, which  also applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

Within this scope, GreenTag’s assessment procedures address risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, also risks to the  environment, such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

For more information or to speak further with David Baggs,  please contact Debra Robertson, marketing@globalgreentag.com or Phone 1300 263 586 | +61 7 3399 9686

 

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

Universities

Greg Miller  – Griffith University

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au

 

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

Universities:          

Greg Miller – Griffith University

Communities / Environmental NGOs:

Jo Immig – Australian Toxics Network

Irene Falcone – NourishedLife.com.au