Furniture, Fittings, Foam & Mattresses Level A (FFFMv3.1i-2017)

  • Status:
  • Issue Date:
    March 10, 2021
  • Green Star Applicable
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Furniture, fitting, foam and mattress products form a significant proportion of items manufactured for use within residential, commercial and government environments and form a significant manufacturing sector in Australia. Furniture transforms our homes and workplaces from empty rooms to inviting, functional spaces. But how often do we consider the environmental impact of the products that help us work, rest and play?

The manufacture, use, and disposal of furniture products can negatively impact our environment and health, depending on factors such as the choice of raw materials used, coatings, textiles, and adhesives. Manufacturers may also use hazardous treatments or manage their energy and water use poorly during production.

Developments in timber, alloy and metal, and plastic recycling have encouraged innovation in furniture and fitting design and manufacture, encouraging products that readily incorporate recycled materials and products with constituents that can be recycled into new products at the end of life. These products often equal or surpass traditional products in some aspects of strength, durability and function.

However, manufacturers can still significantly reduce sustainability impacts across these products’ entire lifecycle. This standard refers to the manufacture of the products and their constituent materials, the period of actual use and disposal.

When a product is certified against GECA’s Furniture, Fittings, Foam and Mattresses (Level A) standard, consumers can be sure that the product has been assessed to meet environmental, human health and social impact criteria, while also proving that it performs as promised.

GECA certification removes doubt and confusion and makes identifying environmentally and socially preferable products easier. Products certified under this standard are recognised by WELL, ISC and the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Performance tool.

The standard sets requirements that aim to provide a benefit by:

• avoiding the illegal harvest of wood and fibre for raw materials

• reducing the use and subsequent release of environmentally harmful substances to the environment at all stages of the product’s lifecycle

• encouraging recovery, reuse, recycling and responsible disposal of unwanted product and packaging

• reducing the presence and release of substances harmful to human health

• ensuring workers and suppliers through the supply chain can expect fair pay, equal opportunity, and a safe working environment

This standard is applicable to the following categories of indoor and outdoor furniture, fittings foams and mattresses products:

• Office Chairs;
• Office Desks and Tables;
• Domestic Chairs;
• Domestic Desks and Tables;
• Bedroom Furniture (excluding bedding);
• Fittings;
• Recycled Furniture; and
• Latex and Polyurethane Foam.

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Clients say it’s GECA or nothing. If you don’t have GECA certification it’s a negative. GECA certification is a priority for Haworth.

John Stamoulos

GECA is seen by major clients across Australia and internationally to be a credible organisation that provides certification to forward thinking companies that seek to maintain and further environmental standards. Envirofluid is glad to be associated with the GECA label”.

Lydia Ohlmeyer, Marketing and Operations Manager

Being an environmentally aware business, we needed a way to ensure, adhere and implement sustainably preferable strategies into our business plan. The team at GECA is co-operative and their guidance ensured that we not only complied with green standards, but exceeded them. The process is credible and well-received in the market place and ensures that we are set apart from the not-so-genuine ‘greenwashing’ companies.

Donna McMullen, Director 

Having GECA certification gives added credibility to our already strong Europlank brand. The GECA ecolabel confirms that Havwoods Europlank has been rigorously assessed for its impact over its life cycle and it is safer for our clients, their families and colleagues. When you choose Havwoods GECA certified Europlank you can have confidence in the environmental and health claims of this product range.

David Hickson, General Manager

GBCA Green Star projects are a fantastic way of promoting environmentally aware developments that benefit all parties involved. Jardan is committed to the advertisement of eco-labelling as a means of encouraging sustainable practice,

Andy Collins, Design Assistant

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