First homeware manufacturer in Malaysia obtains CoC certification of MTCS

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Sustainable manufacturing and responsible sourcing are at the centre of Malaysian firm One-Tech, that recently became the first manufacturer in Malaysia producing PEFC-certified homeware under its DAPO brand.

Founded in 1993, One-Tech has been strongly advocating ‘green manufacturing’ and sustainable design since 2013, in a desire to be a more responsible producer. It has future ambitions to make Malaysia the Southeast Asian hub for sustainable timber products.

One-Tech obtained chain of custody certification of Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), our national member for Malaysia, in April 2018.

The company has adopted four goals in an effort to be become a world-class green lifestyle provider, putting design, durability, sustainability and community/industry engagement to the front of its activity.

DAPO offers a unique selection of sleek customised kitchenware, from chopping boards to coasters, serving trays and menu boards plus an array of products for kitchens and dining. One of its top selling products is the stylish phone holder made from PEFC-certified Balau.

One-Tech is also dedicated to developing the next generation of skilled woodworkers and green advocates by giving young students a grounding in furniture manufacturing through a series of learning modules. The One-Tech factory adopts lean manufacturing processes to reduce waste and maximise efficiency.

Material wastage: less than 5%

It is one of Malaysia’s Top 10 Lean SMEs, with material wastage less than 5%. The company also produces a wide range of furniture for schools and offices from a range of sustainable materials including recycled wood, locally-grown bamboo, bio-composites and Kenaf – a fibre similar to hemp or jute.

Under the company’s ‘Green Hammer’ initiative, One-Tech engages with grass-roots audiences and industry to highlight the importance of moving towards a greener lifestyle in both consumption and design.