Making Paper Production Sustainable

Paper production is a highly toxic, carbon-emitting, water-intensive, and forest-reliant industry. There are a number of ways to improve the environmental impact of the sector. The goal is to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production.

The Merck Family Fund has been funding in this program since 2009. There have been many great accomplishments and successes to be proud about. With new interests arising from the trustees, the Fund will be cutting back in this area and will not be accepting new requests. By 2019, the program will support only a few of the longstanding grantees. We applaud the good works of so many and wish all the groups working on paper related issues the best of luck going forward.