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Pushing the limits on what it means to be “Green”
Maria Yee pioneered ecologically responsible luxury furnishings also known as EcoLuxury™. The company is dedicated to protecting the earth by innovating green manufacturing and using sustainable materials in every handcrafted piece. In her efforts to protect the Earth’s limited natural resources while continuing to produce quality furniture, Maria Yee advocates forest management. No trees from tropical forests are used. The hardwood species are responsibly grown and selectively harvested.
To offset the devastating effects of deforestation, in 2005, Maria Yee introduced her BambooTimbre™ - a patented rapidly renewable material as an alternative to solid hardwood for furniture making.
Maria Yee operates two energy efficient manufacturing campuses in China totaling 35 acres and one million square feet of production space. In 2008, both factories received the ISO9001 quality management certification - a global management standard acknowledging proper documentation and adherence to quality procedures and processes. They operate using energy efficient hydronic heating and skylights, each measuring more than 420 feet in length, which eliminate the need for electrical lighting during the day. At night, energy efficient light bulbs are used.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an honored developer of international standards. The Central Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Among others, ISO aims to “make the development, manufacturing and supply of products and services more efficient, safer, and cleaner.”
In 2008, Maria Yee’s factories were awarded the ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification (Cert. No. A0014Q0074R2M, 00114Q27105R2M/4300). Consumers are assured that Maria Yee has established standards and procedures that comply with ISO requirements for quality manufacturing management. Moreover, via the mandated annual re-certifications, Maria Yee demonstrates unerring execution of its principles.
In 2010 our factories received the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification (Cert. No. 0070015E20894R2M, 0013E21949R1M/4300). This confirms that our manufacturing facilities abide by the international recommendations of caring for the ecology and follow strict environmental practices. ISO 14001 requires annual re-certification as well.
In 2008, Maria Yee first received FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) Chain of Custody certification (License code FSC-C016788). In 2017 Maria Yee was recertified to offer products with FSC 100% certification. To receive “FSC 100%” status, all the hardwood used in a product must come from a FSC-certified forest. The FSC label assures consumers that the materials come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
To protect the environment, Maria Yee spent years developing and maintaining a chain of suppliers who would abide by the stringent FSC guidelines, which include annual review of all organizations seeking to maintain FSC certification. Often, companies lose certification because they failed to continue to comply with the arduous regulations. The FSC stamp of approval on Maria Yee products means that from the forest to the factory floor, strict green standards are followed to the letter.