Green Printing Tools & Resources

A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print - Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. released he third edition of its renowned instructional how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials (Jun 2008).

An interview with Mario Assadi, founder and CEO of GreenerPrinter - Sean Daily of the GreenTalk Radio interviews Mario Assadi, who talks about Greenerprinter green journey, as well as on the general concept of green printing and its translation into daily operations (Jun 2008).

Book Paper Listing - Green Press Initiative's (GPI) list of over 100 book papers with environmental attributes that meet or exceed GPI’s criteria.

Can wheat straw replace trees as a source of paper? - discussing the option of using wheat straw as a sources of paper following the latest developments in Canada, where was used to print the Canadian National Geographic magazine's June issue in 2008 (August 30, 2008).

Conservatree's Paper Guide - Want to use environmental papers but don't know what's available? This is the right place for answers.

Ecological Guide to Paper - Celery Design Collaborative developed this Guide to help their studio, their clients, and their peers in the design community weigh ecological considerations when choosing papers. This guide includes detailed information about the leading "green" papers available in North America.

Ecopaper Database - Canopy's listing of more than 350 of the best eco papers available in the North American marketplace. Ancient Forest Friendly™ and other environmentally preferable papers available in the North American marketplace. These papers have been designated in the Paper Steps field based on the criteria of the Paper Steps at What's In Your Paper.

Glossary of Definitions - Comprehensive glossary of definitions provided on What's in Your Paper's website, from Processed Chlorine and Elemental Chlorine Free to Ancient/Old-Growth Forests and Acid free.

Green Printing Tips - an archive of the green printing tips provided on weekly basis on Eco-Libris blog, in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer. We try to keep these tips as informative and practical as possible and we hope you will find them valuable!

Green Printers Listing - Green Press Initiative's printer listing has more than 25 proactive printers which carry recycled and FSC certified papers (updated: June 2009)

GreenPrint - a simple tool that automatically stops wasteful pages from printing and helps you save $100 a year on paper and ink. Print only what you need and be a part of saving millions of trees.

Paper Calculator - This tool will help you quantify the benefits of better paper choices. The Paper Calculator shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.

Paper. Print. Environment - This his website has been created by David Shorto, print buyer for both Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. It aims to help you to make informed choices to reduce the environmental impact of your printed materials.

Paper Terminology - Great resource from New Leaf Paper, explaining many important green paper terms, from de-inking to post-consumer waste.

Rethink Design - Graphic design tools for environmental sustainability, including: project sizer, green printer finder, paper finder and green your workplace.

Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution- A gem of a publication for anyone tackling the issue of sustainability within the publishing industry. The authors take an honest and thoughtful approach to the publishing process as it evolves from the author to the publisher to the printer to the bookseller, and while there are no perfect solutions for minimizing our collective footprint on the earth, there are numerous (and feasible!) eco-friendly options for industry professionals to incorporate (Deb Bruner).

The Secret Life of Paper - INFORM’s Secret Life of Paper highlights the environmental impacts of the paper we consume. See the video, read valuable information on the environmental impacts of paper production, paper recycling, alternative fibers, and policy and take action.

The State of Green Printing - Part 1 - an interview with Greg Barber of Greg Barber Company (January 15, 2009)

The State of Green Printing - Part 2 - an interview with Deb Bruner of Pinnacle Press (March 18, 2009)

The State of Green Printing - Part 3 - an interview with Livio Ciciotti of Monroe Litho (July 20, 2009)

The State of Green Printing - Part 4- an interview with Marilyn Jones of Consolidated Printing (August 20, 2009)

Understanding Recycled Paper - This fact sheet of the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) helps explain why choosing paper with high post-consumer recycled fiber is the smart and responsible choice for purchasers.


Green Printing for Good - Are you concerned that you are wasting resources when pressing print? If yes, then watch this video with Augustus Casamayor, chairman/CEO of AC Graphics in Hialeah, one of the “greenest” printers around.


Green Printer Blog - The Green Printer blog educates about how easy and cost-effective it is to switch to green printing without sacrificing quality and the environment.

The Paper Planet - Pulp, People and Ecology

Articles and News:

A Greener Footprint - You can create a more efficient printing program by centralizing the operations, taking advantage of device settings and getting users to join the cause. (FedTech Magazine, July 30, 2009)

Sustainable Green Print program launched - PRINTING Industries has launched a new Sustainable Green Print (SGP) program designed to help customers identify environmentally-friendly printing companies, based on water usage, energy usage, and waste management. (Print Graphic News, July 3, 2009)

Reimagining paper in the 21st century - Pam Blackledge and Susan Kinsella take a look at the challanges invloved with the quest for greater usage of recylced paper and what can be done to increse the current 6 percent share of recylced paper in the printing and writing papers' market. (Resource Recycling, June 2009)

HP proposes a path to greener printing - Various HP Eco Solutions measures to help green your printing. (Future Gov, June 30, 2009)

Green Printing Myths - Busted! How to save money by printing sustainably - Olga Orda of Green Printer provides great examples how you can save money by adopting sustainable printing practices. (Green Options, May 6, 2009)

Green printing: save money and the environment - Neil Tilley explains how to reduce your printing costs, how businesses can reduce carbon footprint through greener printing and the benefits of electronic communication -eforms, emails, efaxing. (Dynamic Business, April 20, 2009)

Pulp industry missing out on eco-paper - Market demand. Reinvention needed, report suggests Canada's beleaguered pulp and paper industry is failing to take advantage of market demand for eco-paper, according to Markets Initiative's 2009 trend report (Lynn Moore, The Gazette, February 3, 2009)

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