From SustainablePrint.org Knowledgebase
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Things Impacted by Print Design
The environmental impact of a print project is affected by the raw materials used to produce the project, the manufacturing processes behind those materials and the project itself, the transportation of materials involved in the project, the use of the final product, and the disposal of the final product.
Techniques for reducing a project's environmental impact
The environmental impact of a project can be affected by reducing the amount of materials required for production, selection of materials involved in the project, the distribution of the final product, and the labor involved in producing the project.
Project Life Cycle
These are the steps of a project's life cycle that a designer can have influence over.