Why do we ask that all grantees use recycled paper?


A criteria for receiving a grant from us is a commitment to only use 100% recycled paper for printing and copying where possible.

If you are unable to use 100% recycled paper because of unavailability, or for other reasons, we are able to work with you on this. In those cases, we would want to understand why your alternative option is the most environmentally-friendly option available.

We know that choosing ecologically sound options can raise prices, and that this may seem restrictive when you are working on important issues. Yet the long term cost to the planet, and to all life, is far greater. Logging for paper production destroys animal habitats, uses huge amounts of water, contributes to the degradation of living conditions for untold numbers of communities in logging regions, as well as contributing to climate change.

We live in a connected world. Human societies, forests, rivers, lakes, oceans, and the creatures who live in them are all a part of the same broad ecosystems, and you are likely visiting our site because you care about our planet and the people and animals who share it with you.

No matter how good our intentions, if we do not follow principles which respect the interconnectedness of all life, we are contributing in one way or another to the processes against which we are working. After all, why fight against these issues locally if, in the process, we directly contribute to them on a larger scale?

Did You Know?

  • 42% of global industrial wood harvesting is for paper production
  • The Southern US contains the most diverse forests in the US, and is the largest paper producing region in the world
  • Logging for paper production destroys around 5 million acres of forest a year (that’s an area the size of New Jersey)
  • Using recycled paper fiber (in magazine printing, for example): Reduces total energy consumption by 27%; reduces net greenhouse gas emission by 47% reduces particulate emissions by 28%; reduces wastewater by 33%, solid waste by 54%, and wood use by 100%.