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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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. Chm. 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.

Achievements

2021

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”).

2022 (Ongoing)

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.

2022 (Ongoing)

Environmental NGO Accelerator Programme 2022 (Ongoing)

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

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 are always innovating on how to conserve resources by upcycling wastes back into raw materials again in reducing negative impacts towards environment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team through our contact page.

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