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Upcycling in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Finding new life for hard-to-recycle plastics through local University collaborations

Our project in partnership with

Asia Green Roads

Asia Green Roads, in collaboration with Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, stands at the forefront of upcycling initiatives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Led by Professor Wechsawan "Pow" Lakas, an engineering professor, Asia Green Roads produces and commercializes innovative technologies that transform low-value and complex multi-layer plastics, along with glass or sand, into pavement blocks. This environmentally conscious process utilizes controlled extrusion and compression, offering an innovative and low-cost solution for hard-to-recycle plastics.

In addition to its upcycling machinery, Asia Green Roads, with the support of Second Life, organizes training sessions and capacity-building programs on waste management, focusing particularly on plastics. These initiatives extend to local communities and schools within the North of Thailand, fostering awareness and promoting responsible waste practices.

Second Life plays a pivotal role in this partnership by investing in and owning the machinery used to produce pavement blocks. This investment helps divert low-value and complex multilayer plastics from landfills, contributing to the creation of a circular economy. Our collaborative efforts aim to find innovative solutions for otherwise non-recyclable plastics, supporting a sustainable future where all waste can play a role in circular systems.