EcoStandard South Africa – Latest Updates
Congratulations to Superfine Pigment Colours 100% natural pigments for obtaining three 3-Star EcoStandard EcoProduct labels for their Yellow, Red and Black natural pigments and associated colour blends as follows:
Yellow 4*, Yellow 24/4* and Yellow A47
Red A7, Red L950, Red IMR2 and Spanish Red
Black 321 and Black 300.
The pigment colours have a wide range of applications and can be used in watercolour paints and washes, polish, varnish, grouting, soap and paper-making.
Just a reminder from the GBCSA website…
“Recognised Product certification organisations
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will not test, review or certify products or materials, only building projects. Instead, the Green Building Council will rely on credible, third party certification bodies as and when such bodies are formed.
Product certification schemes are assessed against the criteria stipulated in the GBCSA Product Certification Scheme – Assessment Tool
This document – GBCSA’s Evaluation of Product Certification Schemes – Rev 7 outlines the list of recognised product certification schemes as well as the process to be duly followed by other parties seeking recognition.
As a member of the Green Building CouncilSA, your company will enjoy specially negotiated discounts on your product assessments or certifications with Ecostandard and Ecospecifier.”
These Organisations have certified EcoProducts through EcoStandard.
To view the certificates http://ecostandard.co.za/wp/certified-products/
EcoStandard is evolving!
2016 has been an exciting year for EcoStandard and as the year quickly approaches the end, we are already planning continuous improvements for 2017.
A new development is that our certifications will now be valid for 3 years. Our intention is for products to continuously strive for better performance, but have realised that improvements to process and / or design of products takes a little longer than 12 months. Therefore, in the interest of ensuring that we are offering the best for both product manufacturers and verifiable information, we have decided to extend our validity. However, if a product wishes to renew prior to the 3 year cycle coming to a close, they are able to apply to do so!
Once off certifications!
We have also developed a process for once off certifications for those products that are location and site specific. We work in an every changing and innovative space and on some projects, building materials are specific to that application. EcoStandard would like to recognise these products and provide the third party verification of their green claims. This is an exciting development.
In light of the above, we have revised our fees. These are still free to view on our website: www.ecostandard.co.za.
A new website in 2017! Industry events! Much more!
International Green Interiors Awards
The International Green Interior Awards, now in its 4th year, is the leading global awards program that is 100% focused on the integration and creation of green interior products. EcoStandard is again a proud Industry Supporter for these Awards held in Australia. For more information check out: http://greeninteriorawards.com.au/
Feedback on the Breakfast Networking Seminar: What are Eco-labels?
EcoStandard South Africa hosted a successful breakfast seminar to product manufacturers on 3 September 2015 at Hotel Verde in Cape Town. The presentation, by Sally-Anne Käsner, was a highly informative look at Eco-labels, what they are, how they can benefit a product and company and the overall aim of what such labels are trying to achieve. Sally provided further insight into EcoStandard South Africa and explained the assessment process and the benefits of having a product assessed. Some of EcoStandard’s assessed products were present and were provided with the opportunity to showcase their products via banners, flyers and information brochures.
Following on from Sally’s presentation, Jenni Lombard from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), presented an informative breakdown of the Interiors Tool and the Materials Category, providing insight into the categories included in the tool, how the points are allocated, and how one automatically scores certain points if the product has an approved third party Eco-label. Jenni confirmed that all products obtaining a 4 or 5 Star rating from EcoStandard would automatically achieve a level A in terms of the GBCSA ranking system for the relevant category under Materials.
The two presentations were followed by a questions and answer session and then by a light breakfast, which allowed for further networking opportunities.
Should you be interested in finding out more details or would like to be invited to our next seminar, please contact:
Tel: 021 530 1899
Tel: 021 530 1899
Breakfast Networking Seminar: What are Eco-labels?
EcoStandard will be hosting an information seminar in early September 2015 at Hotel Verde. This information seminar is aimed at manufacturers where we will demystify Eco-labels for building materials and products, focusing on the construction industry.
Key topics will include:
– Eco-labels and EcoStandard
– Benefits to your product
– Relevance to the GBCSA Interior Tool
Contact us to be added to our mailing list for future events.
Better Living Challenge: Showcase Opening
EcoStandardTM attended the opening event of the Green Home Improvement Solutions Showcase. The opening event held on 30 October 2014 at the Cape Town Station Forecourt was hosted by Premier Zille, MEC Madikizela (Human Settlements) and MEC Winde (Economic Opportunities).
EcoStandardTM is proud to be a sponsor of the Better Living Challenge. The sponsorship includes a high level assessment of each of the 9 Finalists in the Structural Home category in terms of their environmental performance. The winner of this category will receive a full EcoStandard EcoProductTM assessment which involves the product being assessed in terms of Lifecycle assessment principles and obtaining a Star rating.
EcoStandard was founded as a Non-Profit Organisation by EcoExhibit and Jeffares & Green in 2009.
Showcase Opening – Premier Helen Zille, MEC Alan Winde and Jenny Cargill, Special Advisor to the Premier
EcoStandard and the Better Living Challenge
EcoStandard is a proud sponsor of the winner of the Better Living Challenge’s Structural Home category. The winner of this category will be provided with a full EcoProduct ecolabel assessment to affirm that the structure is not only sustainable but adheres to environmentally responsible production practices as well.
Please see the Better Living Challenge website (http://betterlivingchallenge.co.za/) for more information about the finalists.
The Better Living Challenge aims to gather and showcase the best home improvement solutions for low-income living that are innovative, affordable and green. The Better Living Challenge will culminate in an interactive Showcase opening in October 2014. The Showcase will allow finalists to demonstrate their products, systems and services to the market, and receive valuable market feedback and exposure. The Showcase will exhibit solutions in a home environment.
ECOSTANDARD – GREENING THE FUTURE AWARDS 2014
ECOSTANDARD WINS – MAIL & GUARDIAN GREENING THE FUTURE AWARDS 2014
EcoStandard is extremely excited to announce that we are one of the winners of Mail & Guardian Greening the Future 2014 Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Sandton Johannesburg on 24 June 2014 and EcoStandard won the category: Green Economy Modelling.
This category includes “non-profit organisations that promote economic growth and job creation in conjunction with low carbon development and natural resource efficiency. These are projects that encourage and/or demonstrate the wisdom of investment in the green economy”.
EcoStandard is extremely proud of this award as it showcases and highlights the need for such an eco-label to promote resource efficiency and encourage companies and industries to start thinking outside the box when it comes to resource use, packaging, product use and product end-of-life.
The hard work has paid off and the recognition from the Mail & Guardian is testament that there is a need to eliminate green washing and to promote products with legitimate claims verified by a third party.
EcoStandard and the Ecolabel Index
EcoStandard has recently been listed on the International Ecolabel Index, which is the largest global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 448 ecolabels in 197 countries, and 25 industry sectors.
Ecolabel Index provides data and guidance to power sound ecolabel choices. Ecolabel Index prides itself on providing markets with trustworthy and accessible information for the ecolabel market. The Ecolabel Indexplatform collects and structures data on ecolabels globally, increasing transparency and helping buyers and sellers use them more effectively (www.ecolabelindex.com).