Is there such a thing as an eco-font?

So, somewhere out there someone has produced an ecofont that you can purchase and download to save up to 20% on your printing — it works by leaving tiny little holes in the printing, but with varied success. There’s a nice concise article here that explores it.

We don’t have an eco font like that at the university, but did you know there are things you can do to reduce your ink costs and impact on the environment anyway? For example, if you take a look at the typeface you’re using when you write documents, and compare it to other available fonts, you’ll notice that some have thicker or taller letters than others for any given size. For example, if you usually use Arial, switching your default to Century Gothic could save as much as 30% of the ink you were previously using. It’s also worth looking whether there are different options on your favourite font — often font sets come with ‘light’ ‘narrow’ or ‘condensed’ versions you can select which may use less ink and or paper to print.

Also, did you know that when you go to print a document, under ‘printer settings’ there’s often a ‘toner saver’ option, or a way to select printing in Grayscale or different percentages of black? Great way to save ink on draft copies of work if you need to print them for checking.

Something to think about either way – let us know your thoughts!


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