In the future, we’ll just bump our documents to each others’ personal data devices, but for now we still use printers to send memos, for direct mail campaigns, and for turning in school papers. This results in a couple of problems financially and environmentally. For one, printer ink is expensive, often times costing as much or more than the printer itself. Then there’s the wasteful use of paper which of course leads to the depletion of natural resources through production and of course, deforestation.
Well now, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has discovered some simple font changes that can lead to a drastic reduction in ink consumption.
The university found that switching from the most commonly used Arial to Century Gothic would reduce ink use by roughly 30 percent. With printer ink costs at around $10,000 per gallon for black ink, that 30% can really add up, especially for the University of Wisconsin which made the switch for their email system and expect to save anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 per year from that simple change alone.
But what if you really love Arial? Well, no fear, if you’re an Arial junkie but want to do your part to save the environment, ecofont may be the solution for you. Ecofont.com says their software ” ‘shoots’ holes into the letters that you have typed!” They also claim that their version of Arial can save users about 25% by reducing ink demands.