About Materials in Works

MATERIALS IN WORKS (MIW) was founded by a group of enthusiastic packaging material experts with proven track record in South East Asia and Oceania. Since 2018, MIW and its associate partners are proficient in the execution of several upcycling projects in the region for acknowledging on United Nation (UN) SDGs Goals.


MATERIALS IN WORKS (MIW) mission is to call for INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS Program – a collaboration among industry enterprises to upcycle and exchange their by-products in achieving higher resource efficiency, waste minimization and hence reducing negative impact towards environment.


MATERIALS IN WORKS (MIW) is looking to supply reliable GREEN raw materials to specific industries by recovering valuable resources from collected industrial solid wastes and achieving ZERO WASTE to landfill goal.

Environment is important to humans and all other species that in which we live harmony and peacefully. We are here to help our future generations to be able to enjoy blue skies and green forests.

Our Team

John Ooi​

  • Technical Director / Co-Founder
  • UTM graduate with Industrial Chemistry Background
  • Sustainable Packaging Industry Veteran with 6+ years of experience; previously worked with regional and MNC label manufacturer

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Leh Cheu Peng

  • Technical Advisor
  • Assoc. Prof in Bioresource, Paper and Coatings Technology, USM
  • Has over 20+ years of experience and expertise in Bioresource, Paper & Pulp Production Industry

Prof. Dr. Zaiton Abdul Majid

  • Technical Advisor
  • Professor in Science (Chemistry), UTM
  • Has strong research & development background in Environmental Engineering and Science (Chemistry) with multiple IP filed and publications

Our Story

How did you guys start?

After years of distress seeing tons of wastes being generated in the packaging value chain due to the lack of effective waste up-cyclers and systems in the nation. We, the founders of Materials In Works (MIW) embarked on a journey to search for solutions to make most wastes technically recyclable, which didn’t get better with conventional landfill disposal methods. We are always excited to lead in the Industrial Symbiosis Program through the solutions we developed for the betterment of the environment.

“Think Circular, Less is More”

Continuation of Story

MIW is different from conventional recycler. We believe most wastes are technically recyclable.

Our process starts with our R&D team—in-house expertise who work and collaborate with Malaysia leading public universities. The R&D team analyses the materials to determine the right way to process them into something new. This includes how to break down the waste, separate it into its building blocks, and then upcycle those materials for new applications.

Then, we develop the upcycling solutions with the reputable machine suppliers to scale up into a pilot plant. MIW aims to upcycle the hard-to-recycle items because we work with the packaging industry stakeholders who advocate on sustainability.



ClimateLaunchpad 2021 Singapore Boot Camp

ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. The mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC.


Published on AVPN’s Deal Share Platform

A leading ecosystem builder that moves capital towards impact. As Asia’s #1 social investment network, AVPN is an ecosystem builder that works to increase the flow of capital towards impact in Asia, ensuring that resources are mos teffectively deployed.

AVPN approach social investment as a continuum of capital, in which funders may combine grants, debts and equity across multiple investments within their own portfolio, to achieve deeper impact.


Ecothon Malaysia 2021 SDG 12 Program (Champion)

Ecothon, an Eco-entrepreneurs’ marathon for sustainable development, is a business model competition for promising eco-entrepreneurs who have an innovative business idea related to sustainable consumption and production (the “SCP”).


Youth Co: Lab Malaysia 2022 Cohort Program (Top 10)

Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can  accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.


Environmental NGO Accelerator Programme 2022

The Environmental NGO Accelerator Programme is targeted to both non profit and for-profit organisations with an environmental-related project presence in Perak, Malaysia.


MYStartup Pre-accelerator Programme Cohort 1 (Top 5)

The MYStartup platform is a national project initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and developed by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. The platform is an interactive environment where all startup ecosystem partners can share information, procure services, and stimulate meaningful partnerships.
The platform serves as a directory of Malaysia’s startups, investors, service providers and other ecosystem partners. Also, the platform provides a list of startup ecosystem programs, talent sourcing and access to community-curated content.


International ISC3 Innovation Challenge (BEST REGIONAL IMPACT Startup)

The annual ISC3 Innovation Challenge is thematically oriented along a once-per-year selected focus topic. Start-ups globally are invited to contend for a total of 25,000 EUR in prize money with their innovative ideas that are revolving around the ongoing year’s focus topic. They are assessed by a jury of international experts who score the Start-ups and choose the finalists. The finalists’ pitches and the award ceremony take place in autumn/winter. The winners are awarded money prizes in three categories:

  • Best Social Impact for Start-ups that have a noteworthy impact on their community.
  • Best Regional Impact for Start-ups with an innovative solution to solving an issue that is particularly relevant to their region.
Frequently Asked Questions

Waste Upcycling Technology

The initiative was driven by experienced packaging material experts and researchers from Malaysian Public Universities.

Paper liner and Polyester (PET) based materials. We focus on post industrial waste from the packaging industry that are currently disposed of by landfill method. Our modular design enables the “hard-to-recycle” waste materials to be recyclable in conventional recycling processes.

What We Do

We partner with organizations to bring forward green upcycling programs to their clients based on our industrial know-how in the region. Our proven model ensures that all stakeholders in the ecosystem receive quality waste management service and solution products, most importantly helping them to achieve sustainability goals.

Get in Touch

At Materials In Works, we’re all about turning trash into treasure through epic innovations, saving the planet one upcycled masterpiece at a time! Don’t be shy – drop us a line on our contact page and let’s chat!

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