Eco-Friendly Calligraphy: 7 Practical Tips
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 6 min read


  1. Choose sustainable materials
  2. Reduce ink waste
  3. Recycle paper
  4. Use eco-friendly cleaning products
  5. Support green brands
  6. Minimize packaging
  7. Educate others

As a calligraphy lover, you've probably marveled at the beauty of ink flowing onto paper. But have you ever given a thought to the environmental impact of your calligraphy and lettering supplies? Today, we're diving into the world of eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering, focusing not just on the art but also the heart of the matter — sustainability. So grab your pens, let's make our beautiful letters, and a difference too!

Choose Sustainable Materials

Starting with eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering begins at the very core — the materials you use. Here's how you can make your calligraphy more "green":

  • Opt for plant-based inks: Traditional inks often contain harmful chemicals. However, plant-based inks, like walnut ink or beet ink, are not only safe for the environment but also add a unique, natural touch to your calligraphy.
  • Use recycled paper: Recycled or FSC-certified paper is the way to go when you're practicing calligraphy. They're just as good as regular paper, minus the guilt of deforestation. Brands like Green Field Paper Company or Eco Paper offer a range of eco-friendly papers.
  • Switch to bamboo pens: Bamboo calligraphy pens are durable, renewable, and have a unique feel to them. They're a win-win for you and the environment!

By making these small changes, you're not just creating art, but you're also contributing to the planet's well-being. Remember, every bit counts when it comes to eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering. So, are you ready to make your calligraphy supplies greener?

Reduce Ink Waste

Now, let's talk about a common issue that we all face — ink waste. It's heartbreaking to see our favorite colors go down the drain, isn't it? Well, with some easy tweaks, we can reduce ink waste and make our calligraphy practices more eco-friendly. Here's how:

  • Measure your ink: Instead of pouring a large amount of ink into your inkwell, measure out small amounts as you need them. Not only does this save ink, but it also ensures that your ink doesn't dry out or get contaminated.
  • Save your ink mixtures: If you're a fan of mixing inks to create new shades, make sure to store your leftover mixtures in airtight jars for future use. This way, you're not only reducing waste, but you're also creating a personal palette of unique colors.
  • Recycle leftover ink: Before you wash out your inkwell, think about how the leftover ink can be used. Maybe it can be used for a background wash, or to add some splatter effects to your piece. Get creative with your ink usage!

Remember, the goal is to create beauty without waste. So, the next time you dip your pen into the ink, think about how you can make the most of it. After all, every drop counts, doesn't it?

Recycle Paper

Is your workspace filled with stacks of practice sheets and drafts? Don't worry, you're not alone. But here's a thought — instead of tossing them, why not recycle? It's a small step that can make a big difference in our eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering journey. Here are some ideas:

  • Reuse the backside: Before you toss a piece of paper, check if the backside is clean. You can use it for practice or drafts. This way, you get twice the use out of the same sheet.
  • Turn scrap paper into new projects: Have bits and pieces left over from cutting out your calligraphy projects? Collect them and turn them into a mini notebook, a bookmark, or even gift tags. It's a fun way to give your paper a second life.
  • Recycle bin: When a paper can no longer be used, make sure to put it in the recycle bin. And, why not have a dedicated recycle bin in your workspace? It's a simple reminder to make the eco-friendly choice.

So, next time you finish with a piece of paper, think twice before you toss it. Remember, even the smallest act can contribute to a greener planet. Isn't it amazing how our love for calligraphy and lettering can help us do that?

Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Here's something you might not have considered in your eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering journey: the cleaning products you use. That's right — those little bottles of cleaners for your pens and brushes can add up to a lot of waste and harmful chemicals. But don't worry, there are greener options out there.

  • DIY Cleaning Solution: How about making your own cleaning solution? It's simpler than you may think. Mix equal parts of distilled water and white vinegar, and voila — you have an effective, eco-friendly cleaner! Not only will your tools thank you, but Mother Nature will too.
  • Green Brands: Not into DIY? No problem. There are plenty of green brands out there that offer eco-friendly cleaning products. Just be sure to look for ones that are biodegradable and free of harmful chemicals.

Remember, every bit helps. By choosing eco-friendly cleaning products, you're not just creating beautiful art. You're also helping to create a cleaner, healthier planet. Now, isn't that something to be proud of?

Support Green Brands

Supporting green brands is another fantastic way to make your calligraphy and lettering more eco-friendly. By choosing to spend your money on products from companies that value sustainability, you are voting with your wallet for a greener future. But how can you tell which brands to support?

  • Research: A little bit of research can go a long way. Look for companies that have clear sustainability policies and are transparent about their manufacturing processes.
  • Recycled Materials: Brands that use recycled or sustainable materials in their products are a great choice for eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering.
  • Sustainable Packaging: Consider the packaging too. Is it minimal and made from recycled or compostable materials? If so, that's a green thumbs up!
  • Charitable Donations: Some brands go a step further and donate a portion of their profits to environmental causes. Supporting these brands can make your calligraphy hobby even more rewarding.

Remember, every purchase is a chance to make a difference. By supporting green brands, you're helping to promote a more sustainable future for the art of calligraphy and lettering—and for our planet.

Minimize Packaging

Minimizing packaging is a powerful yet simple way to make your calligraphy and lettering more eco-friendly. It might not seem like a big deal, but packaging can contribute significantly to waste and pollution. So, what can you do to reduce packaging waste in your calligraphy journey?

  • Buy in Bulk: When it comes to buying calligraphy supplies, size does matter. Larger quantities often mean less packaging per unit. So, if you find an ink or paper that you love, why not buy a bigger pack?
  • Choose Wisely: Be mindful of the packaging when purchasing new calligraphy items. Opt for items with minimal or no packaging where possible. And if packaging is unavoidable, look for recyclable or compostable options.
  • Reuse: Don’t toss that packaging just yet! Many packaging materials can be reused. For example, glass ink bottles make great water containers for cleaning your brushes.

By minimizing packaging, you're not just reducing waste—you're also making a statement. It's a clear message to manufacturers that you, the consumer, value eco-friendly practices in your calligraphy and lettering.

Educate Others

Knowledge is power, right? Sharing your passion for eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering with others can encourage them to adopt more sustainable habits too. Here's how you can make a difference:

  • Share Your Journey: Don't keep your eco-friendly calligraphy adventures to yourself. Share your experiences, challenges, and victories with your friends, family, and online followers. You never know who might be inspired by your journey!
  • Teach a Class: If you've got some calligraphy skills under your belt, why not pass them on? Teaching a class on eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering could be a fun way to spread the word. You can cover topics like using sustainable materials, recycling paper, and minimizing waste.
  • Write About It: If teaching isn't your thing, consider writing about your eco-friendly calligraphy practices. You could start a blog, submit articles to art magazines, or even write a book. There's always someone out there looking to learn something new!

Remember, every little bit helps. Even if you only influence one person, that's one more person making a positive impact on the environment. So go ahead, spread the word about eco-friendly calligraphy and lettering—you're doing a great thing for the planet!

If you're passionate about eco-friendly calligraphy and want to add a touch of color to your work, check out the workshop 'Using Watercolours to Create Colourful Calligraphy' by BlinkLettering. This workshop will teach you how to incorporate watercolors into your calligraphy while keeping your art sustainable and environmentally friendly.