Taking the first step to reducing your effect on the environment is becoming aware of the materials you buy and the energy you use. The best paper is recyclable, locally made and FSC approved. These factors save energy, water, and many other pollutants in the production and disposal of the paper. Always use both sides of paper when you can, and use soy-based ink, which is low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Here is a website by a clothing design company, that describes the different inks. The last paragraph, “Things that make us green…”, is inspiring and has some great ideas.