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About Us

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Who we are?

Zó project aims to become a social business that preserves, supports and expands the Vietnamese traditional paper and its making techniques in a sustainable and creative way. 

 

The idea of setting up the Zó project initially came from the passion of a dynamic and young team who wished to bring traditional values into contemporary society. From this point, social changes will be created.

Which social issues we work with?

Dó paper uses an ancient paper-making technique that appeared in VietNam during the III century. Thanks to the unique natural fiber of the Do bark (Rhamnoneuron balansae).

 

Dó paper is renowned for being very durable and resilient with a subtly textured surface. It could last for 700 years according to some records. Nowadays, in Vietnam, the art of creating this beautiful paper has been almost forgotten because of the diminishment in the demand for such a product.

 

The reason is that industrialization in Vietnam has developed quickly during the last 30 years.

 

Therefore, we have made an effort to preserve this local knowledge and made it alive one more time in our modern life.

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Our mission

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Preserve the process of handmade paper making with environmental protection.


Increase the value for Vietnamese handmade paper by creating new products with contemporary design for our daily life.


Strengthen the link between actors in the value chain of handmade paper.


Transmit the local knowledge to the next generation and to the world.

Who we work with?

Zó works with the artisan from paper villages to make and improve the ancient paper-making technique in Viet Nam.

Zó works closely with designers and artists to create new handmade paper products for contemporary usage.

 Zó also works with the ecologist and local authorities to make sure that the natural material will be harvested according to the regulation of forest management.

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Our products and services

Develop products from handmade papers and other traditional materials.


Organize workshops about paper and crafts for adults and children.


Collaborate with the local and international artists to organize cultural events.

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Our social impact

 Save our tradition and culture

 Creating jobs and sustainable income for our paper makers

 Protect our environment by an ecological approach

 Promoting a lifestyle with sustainable consumption

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Our Partners

CSIP ( Centre for Social Initiative Promotion)

 British Council

 Very50 (Japan)

 Sydney University

 Vietnam Women Entrepreneur Network

 Vietnam Creative Entrepreneur Club