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About

Sustainability All the Way

grape lab, is a sustainable design lab which does various experiments to solve environmental and social issues from a design point of view. We focus on wasted resources and vulnerable people in marginal areas of our society. 

Combining recycled and wood-free papers with unique folding techniques we create unique stationery products with sustainable lifecycles. 

Zero Waste

We transform wasted resources into design pieces. The scraps of our production process become cards, tags, bands and shopping bags, creating a culture of zero-waste, which is part of our goals.

Sustainable Culture

We turn upcycling into part of our culture by practicing greener habits with our community on workshops and exhibits–changing their habits and mindset to protect and prepare future generations.

Job Opportunities

We offer work opportunities to vulnerable minorities in our society–creating a collaborative platform for people with disabilities to show their talents, gain space and become financially independent.

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2018

March | grape lab founded

2018

March | Selected Startup for the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency Training

2018

August | Participation at Seoul City Government’s ‘Resewoon Project’

2018

December | Named as a ‘Social Enterprise Startup’, by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor

2019

February | Exhibitor at the NY National Stationery Show, New York – USA

2019

April | Awarded ‘Excellence Award for Business Administration’, Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency

2019

April | Grant Winner of 2019 ‘H-On Dream Social Enterprise Start-up Audition’, Hyundai Motor Group & Chung Mong-Koo Foundation

2019

May | Grant Winner of ‘Hana Power on Impact Support’, Hana Financial Group

2019

May | Support for ‘Establishment of Standard Workplaces for People with Disabilities’, Korea Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities

2019

May | grape lab’s solo exhibition ‘slow paper’, Doosung’s in the PAPER Gallery, Seoul

2019

May | Exhibitor at SK ‘Social Value Connect 2019’, Seoul

2019

May | Workshop ‘Connected Roads’ at Seoul City Government’s Sewoon Plaza Project Cycling Exhibition

2019

June | Exhibitor at the Seoul International Book Fair

2019

July | Exhibitor at KOTRA’s ‘Eco-Friendly Life’ Event

2019

August | Support for ‘Technology Commercialization’, Seoul Business Agency

2019

August | Support for ‘Product Competitiveness’, SK HappyNarae

2019

August | Selected as ‘Star Social Enterprise’, SK Innovation

2019

September | grape lab Inc. founded in California – USA

2019

September | Exhibition ‘great grape’, at Gwangju Design Biennale

2019

September | Selected among ‘7 Best’ at Gwangju Design Biennale by Korea Crafts & Design Foundation

2019

October | Received Angel Investment, Jae-Beom Lee, Former Kakao Corp. CEO, Management Advisor – USA

2019

October | Exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt – Germany

2019

November | Awarded ‘Environmental Contribution Award’ by Korea Environmental Contribution Movement Headquarter

2019

November | Launched Kickstarter Crowdfunding – Backed by more than 44 countries

2019

December | Started Exportation to Seattle and San Jose – USA

2019

December | Participant at ‘Whale, Tree, and Earth’, United Nations Environment Programme & Usisan joint exhibition

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2018

March | grape lab founded

2018

March | Selected Startup for the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency Training

2018

August | Participation at Seoul City Government’s ‘Resewoon Project’

2018

December | Named as a ‘Social Enterprise Startup’, by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor

2019

February | Exhibitor at the NY National Stationery Show, New York – USA

2019

April | Awarded ‘Excellence Award for Business Administration’, Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency

2019

April | Grant Winner of 2019 ‘H-On Dream Social Enterprise Start-up Audition’, Hyundai Motor Group & Chung Mong-Koo Foundation

2019

May | Grant Winner of ‘Hana Power on Impact Support’, Hana Financial Group

2019

May | Support for ‘Establishment of Standard Workplaces for People with Disabilities’, Korea Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities

2019

May | grape lab’s solo exhibition ‘slow paper’, Doosung’s in the PAPER Gallery, Seoul

2019

May | Exhibitor at SK ‘Social Value Connect 2019’, Seoul

2019

May | Workshop ‘Connected Roads’ at Seoul City Government’s Sewoon Plaza Project Cycling Exhibition

2019

June | Exhibitor at the Seoul International Book Fair

2019

July | Exhibitor at KOTRA’s ‘Eco-Friendly Life’ Event

2019

August | Support for ‘Technology Commercialization’, Seoul Business Agency

2019

August | Support for ‘Product Competitiveness’, SK HappyNarae

2019

August | Selected as ‘Star Social Enterprise’, SK Innovation

2019

September | grape lab Inc. founded in California – USA

2019

September | Exhibition ‘great grape’, at Gwangju Design Biennale

2019

September | Selected among ‘7 Best’ at Gwangju Design Biennale by Korea Crafts & Design Foundation

2019

October | Received Angel Investment, Jae-Beom Lee, Former Kakao Corp. CEO, Management Advisor – USA

2019

October | Exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt – Germany

2019

November | Awarded ‘Environmental Contribution Award’ by Korea Environmental Contribution Movement Headquarter

2019

November | Launched Kickstarter Crowdfunding – Backed by more than 44 countries

2019

December | Started Exportation to Seattle and San Jose – USA

2019

December | Participant at ‘Whale, Tree, and Earth’, United Nations Environment Programme & Usisan joint exhibition

About the Founder

Alice Kim

CEO & Art Director

Alice Kim was a UX designer with 10+ years of experience in the IT area and one of the initial members of Kakao, a popular mobile service in Korea. Her creation, Kakao’s emoticon service, generated high profit, over 3B dollars, for the company and for local cartoonists.

After concluding her Masters in Sustainable Design at Kingston University in the UK, she changed her path, deciding to solve world’s problems from a designer point of view. She is keen to build a sustainable circular economic system, focusing on wasted materials, upcycling, marginalized artists and minorities.

Meet the Team

Jinju Kwon

Design

Karol Campos

Design & Global Relations

Sawol Choi

Accounting

Hailey Kim

Marketing

Julie Ham

Finance

Eli Kim

Public Relations

Seung Ho Shin

Illustrator & Production Manager

Hwang Jae Cho

Creation Team

Seong Jin Han

Creation Team

Hong Jun Kim

Creation Team

Woo Jeong Lim

Creation Team

Ye Eun Han

Creation Team