It’s not possible right now to create high-quality art prints on recycled paper, but the print industry is working hard to make that happen. In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that beautiful art prints are not throw-away products — they’re designed to last and be appreciated for years. One print should last a lifetime if you care for it properly, it shouldn’t end up in the recycling bin at the end of the year.
If you do want your art prints to endure, you should consider printing on cotton rag paper. You might not have heard of it before, but it is a more environmentally sound choice. First up, cotton rag paper is made primarily from cotton linters or cloth offcuts — so it’s using materials that would probably otherwise end up in landfill, they’ll also handle a greater variety of environmental conditions and outlast wood based paper.