Chlorine bleaching is a method used in some production processes to give paper a stark white colour. By-productions of chlorine bleaching, however, have a known negative effect on the environment when they are left to accumulate. Do your business documents use paper that’s been chlorine bleached? If so, switch to paper that’s been oxygen bleached or not bleached at all.
If you must use bleached paper:
The US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) provides the following detailed explanations of paper bleaching processes:¹
NRDC’s order of preference for bleaching processes, on the basis of environmental criteria, is as follows:¹
References: ¹ Natural Resources Defense Council