5 eco-friendly fonts you should start using
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
At BOOMI, we are all about the little things. What small things can we do in our daily lives to help reduce our environmental footprint or reduce our plastic waste.
One thing that is often neglected in working environments and we became more conscious in our company is the font we use.
Why fonts have an environmental impact？
We write documents, print contracts, and marketing material every single day and the font chosen also have an impact.
Some fonts might require extra ink if compared to others, this means that more electricity, printing cartridges and paper will be needed, which generates more waste. If you consider their production and that these materials need to be shipped from different places, it also adds up CO2 emissions.
So, if you or your company are concerned about creating unnecessary waste or green business practices, then here are five eco-friendly fonts we have found to help you reduce your negative impact on the environment.
Eco-friendly fonts to use at work
Ryman Eco, which is claimed to be “the most beautiful sustainable font,” was developed by Ryman Stationery, an office supply chain store in the UK. This eco-friendly font is free to download (Link), and uses 33% less ink than standard fonts, making it ink-efficient as well.
This family font is another sustainable one that we, at BOOMI, like a lot. It looks fancy, curly, and is perfect for headlines or logos. It is also more ink-friendly than Times New Roman, Helvetica, and Comic Sans.
* The difference is quite clear between a normal font and an eco-friendly font in this link
Garamond is a group of old-style serif fonts named after Claude Garamond. Due to its smaller-than-average apertures, low line contrast, slightly cupped bases, and many other features, Garamond is an extraordinarily readable and environmentally friendly font. We recommend using Garamond for books, manuals, or printed contracts. Even J.K. Rowling uses this font for all of her Harry Potter books.
Just like Ryman, Ecofont is also in the game for most eco-friendly fonts. Their signature font, the Ecofont Sans, has multiple tiny holes in the letter to reduce ink usage. But, don’t worry, due to ink bleeding, you often do not even see or recognize the gaps.
On top of that, Ecofont is also a software. It can help you put holes in standard fonts such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana, and many more. By doing this, you can reduce your ink usage by up to 50%. However, both the font and the software come at a cost.
Released in 1991, Century Gothic was created by Monotype Imaging and has a thin print style that keeps it light and high contrast between higher and lower cases, making it very readable. According to the University of Wisconsin, Century Gothic uses about 30% less ink than Arial. Additionally, PrintWise reported that using Century Gothic or Garamond reduces printing costs.
On the other side, due to the wide letter design of the font, Century Gothic may also increase the usage of paper, therefore potentially offsetting the savings you have made on ink.
Other ways to save
Besides using these eco-friendly fonts, there are other ways to make printing more environmentally friendly:
- Print double-sided documents to reduce the amount of paper used
- Choose a smaller font size than the normally selected
- Avoid bold text, it requires great amount of ink
- Use recycled paper
- Make sure to recycle properly your empty printing cartridges and printed paper
And of course, the most sustainable option when it comes to printing is NOT to PRINT at all and go digital. However, we live in an imperfect world, and we hope these tips could help make your work a little more sustainable.