11 July 2012 – Good Environmental Choice Australia has developed a new national paint standard, the “GECA 23-2012 Paints and Coatings” which excludes solvent-based paints, all carcinogenic and mutagenic substances and for the first time, covers artist and student paints.

It also recognises best-practice, environmentally responsible products and was developed in consultation with leading industry figures.

GECA CEO Judy Hollingworth said that the “with advances in paint technology it’s now believed that water-based paints can offer the same performance as solvent-based products but without the health and environmental issues related to petroleum-derived solvents.”