Graphic design often results in printed material. This material is printed on paper, and that paper is made from trees. (Who knew?) Every business card, brochure, and wedding invitation has to be printed on something. There are options for making the best decisions for your design footprint.
Printed designs can sometimes be avoided. Much content can be shared online. When it is necessary to create something on paper, you can always use this paper finder to create something with a smaller footprint.
Printing is obviously the biggest piece of this puzzle. Printed designs need paper and they need ink. Green options are becoming easier to find and use. The consumer is asking for these options more and more, as more people become environmentally conscious.