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Upcycling Label Waste for the Environment in Southeast Asia

Materials in Works is tackling Climate Change by upcycling paper waste from the label packaging industry via a proprietary upcycling solution.


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Social causes


SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Malaysia


Malaysia's landfills are quickly piling up. A single person is estimated to generate over 35kg/month of waste that ends up at landfills. Worse still, the label packaging industry contributes a massive 500 tons of paper liner waste per month, and due to the silicone content on the paper, it is treated as solid waste.

Across Southeast Asia, waste siliconised glassine liner from the label packaging value chain is also mostly disposed via the landfill method. At these landfill sites, pollution is also a very common problem, where contaminated water, such as Leachate can harm the surrounding environment.

It is clear that there is a pressing need to tackle the issue of rising landfill waste, in Malaysia and Southeast Asia more broadly, and Materials in Works (MIW) has the solution for this.


At MIW, we have devised proprietary solutions to these problems at the landfill.

We have an IP-backed treatment process that recovers cellulose back into raw material for paper manufacturers, it helps in diverting the valuable waste from ending up in landfill sites. This is mutually beneficial for the environment and the paper industry, as price and availability of raw material are key concerns for players.

MIW is also able to upcycle the waste siliconised glassine liner, via our IP-backed treatment process into raw material for paper product manufacturers, effectively diverting the valuable waste from ending up in landfill sites.

With 70% of the Malaysia Market, MIW is able to save 54,600 Trees from being cut down, which is equivalent to offsetting 10,920t of CO2 emissions per year. As such, with the proprietary upcycling solution, MIW is able to reduce CO2 emissions by 79%, in comparison to conventional landfill disposal methods.

For more information on our work, do refer to our Slide Deck.

Type of Carbon Reduced/Sequestered

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), Methane

Amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Avoided/Sequestered

Cumulative CO2 Saving In Beachhead Market within 5 Years: 59,778 t of CO2

Means of Measurement

MIW’s proprietary technology to upcycle paper waste will reduce CO2 emissions by 79% relative to conventional landfill disposal method. Cumulative CO2 Saving In Malaysia, our Beachhead Market within 5 Years: 59,778 t of CO2 ≈ of taking 13,000 cars off the road for 1 year.

Project’s Environment & Climate Capability

Climate Risk Reduction

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