Eco-Friendly fonts for those who love to print

eco-friendly fonts

Think before you print. Ideally don’t print unless you really have to, and if you must –reuse or use recycled paper.

If for some reason you can’t do either of these things, then you can also try these eco-friendly fonts. What’s an eco-friendly font you ask? A font that uses less ink than others when printed. So, simply put, you save on ink and also get the job done.


Less ink means a shorter print job, and thus less electricity. It also means that you don’t buy new ink cartridges as frequently, and therefore put out less waste. At the backend it translates into fewer cartridges being produced, reduction in cartridge packaging, and less energy being consumed during production and transportation. Also for you, it means less ink cost, making it more budget friendly. Furthermore, an eco-friendly font also uses less energy to take off paper when during the recycling process (hence less chemical bleaching).

The jury is still out on the real impact of eco-friendly fonts, with many dismissing them ‘clutching at straws.’ However, we feel that no attempt at making a difference is too small, so if this works for you – go ahead!

Just remember, not printing or printing only when essential kills two birds with one stone – it saves paper and ink! So that’s what you really need to gun for.

Here you go – eco-friendly fonts that you can use:

  1. Century Gothic – according to University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB) which studied its own use and switched from Arial, Century Gothic uses 30% less ink than Arial when printed.
  2. Ryman Eco – according to the website, it uses 33% less ink than “standard” fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, Georgia, and Verdana. The font is meant for designers and creative projects…
  3. Ecofont – according to its website the total savings on ink and toner can be almost 50%. The font is actually a program that puts holes in any typeface so that when printed, they end up using less ink.

Courier and Brushscript are the other two fonts most commonly known to use less ink.

Some other things you can do to reduce the amount of ink you use:

  • Use lighter looking fonts
  • Don’t print in bold
  • Don’t print with images (change print settings)



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