• Sustainable Practices
  • Decision-Making Tools
  • Green Exhibit Checklist
  • Materials Guide


The US has the largest paper industry in the world, and the print industry is the largest employer in the US. Choosing green printing options shows a commitment to the health of employees, visitors, and communities.

Petroleum-Based Inks 
  • Petroleum-based inks on printed papers leach VOCs into the soil
  • Toxic compounds can also be released into the air as fresh inks dry
Soy Ink
  • Excellent alternative to petroleum-based inks
  • Uses soybean oil that’s naturally low in VOCs
  • Sustainable, efficient, and cost competitive
  • A number of alternatives to traditional papers are now available
  • “Tree-free” varieties, such as Denim Blues (100% reclaimed blue jean cotton), and synthetic papers by Yupo are growing in popularity due to their environmental attributes and durability 
  • Kenaf and hemp and a newer paper called TerraSkin made from ground stone is almost as strong as synthetic (FedEx) envelopes and prints like a coated sheet
  • Uses less ink and is nontoxic and waterproof