Touch4good was named recipient of the 2013
Environment Grand Prize by Seoul City for its role in the development of
environment-friendly everyday habits, including the adoption of upcycling related
to waste tarpaulin, invigoration of recycling, and optimizing urban-type
Seoul City asked district offices and environment/energy
organizations to recommend those engaging in voluntary activities for
environmental conservation as candidates for the prize, which was launched in
2008. This year, a total of 96 people or organizations were submitted as
A total of 21 people or organizations were
finally selected as prize winners for the year based on screening jointly conducted
by the City Auditor, experts at environmental/energy institutions, and members
of the screening committee.
Grand Prize winner Touch4good is a social
enterprise run by those in their 20s and 30s. It makes practical goods loved by
young people using waste materials such as waste tarpaulin and carries out
environmental education for children.
The Grand Prize was also awarded to the
following: Ecotop Co., for its development of technology for the restoration of
the natural environment; Mr. Park Seung-ok for his effort in the construction
of solar power plants; stage company Nalja for its activities designed to help
children enhance their environmental consciousness; Yurim Landscaping, which
set up a plan for the formation of a neighborhood park in Chang-dong, and;
Green Elpis for its role in the improvement of the environment of a shanty
Second-tier prizes were awarded to the
following: three organizations in the green technology sector; three
organizations in the energy-saving sector; four organizations in the
environmental conservation sector; three organizations in the
landscaping/ecology sector, and; two organizations in the green village sector.
The prize-awarding ceremony was held with
500-plus people attending, including families of prize winners and ordinary
citizens. A fashion show featuring hand-held fans and cool business attire was
held as an ancillary event.