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 we started to become more conscious in our company is the font we use. We write documents, print contracts, and marketing material every single time. However, all this time, we have not paid attention to the type of font our brand uses and how it affects our environment.
Not all fonts are created equal. So, if you or your company are concerned about creating unnecessary waste or having good green business practices, then here are five eco-friendly fonts we have found to help you reduce your negative impact on the environment.
Ryman Eco is one of the best and beautifully designed fonts we have found. It is also the font that this year has started to use for contracts and printed material. Ryman Eco, which they claim is “the most beautiful sustainable font,” was developed by Ryman Stationery, an office supply chain store in the UK. The font is entirely free (Link), and it uses 33% less ink than standard fonts.
This family font is another one that we at Boomi often use. It looks fancy, curly, and perfect for headlines or logos (Our logo uses one of the Brush Script Fonts). It is also more ink-friendly than Times New Roman, Helvetica, and Comic Sans.
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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 eco-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. However, 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.
However, 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.
Of course, the most sustainable option when it comes to printing is NOT to PRINT and go digital. However, we live in an imperfect world, and we hope these fonts could help make your world a little more sustainable.
Let us know which font you would start using for your business or work?