Print Smarter! How To Save Ink and Paper

Toner Tips by James Cai

It’s no secret that you can keep more money in your pockets from your used or unused cartridges of toner. Another great way to save some more money and save ink is by paying attention to the font you use for your printing needs.

Using lots of ink or toner in a print job usually means that you will have to buy more sooner.

It can also mean that you might also have to pay a tad bit more on your light bill since you might be printing a little longer. There’s a solution though, to saving on toner and paper while saving the environment and it all starts in the selection of font.

Budget and eco friendly fonts are a great, easy and free way to cut back on your use of ink or toner. For example, if you’re in the habit of using Arial font, you’re missing out on savings.

Arial has a higher rate of ink consumption and customers have seen more out of using Times New Roman instead.

Yet, besides sticking to the classic Times New Roman, there are a few other fonts that can help you stretch your ink for all it’s worth.

A great tip to keep in mind is to look for fonts that are thin or narrow.

These types of fonts will reduce the amount of ink your printer will use, though it will depend on your desired product. For example, if you’re looking to create a banner or a heading, you’ll likely have to be mindful of your choice of font in terms of readability.

We’ve rounded up some great fonts with good readability and a good chance at saving on ink consumption.

Century Gothic


Not as commonly used as it should be, Century Gothic is one of the most sought out fonts for eco friendliness and savings. It has thin letters so you’re using less ink even while increasing readability.

It’s great to use for banners and flyers as the letters are spaced out enough to read from further away.

Though you should be careful if you’re printing a large document because the spaced-out font could mean more space on a line and more pages to print out, it’s still a very useful font, Century Gothic can be a great alternate to the classic option.



Referred to as the relative to the font similar to a typewriter, Courier is a go-to option for plain texts and documents. The characters are evenly spaced with the same width throughout and make for perfect blocks of texts.

The texts are also thin enough to read without increasing the size. Courier is a classic option for a specific design scheme and if you can get around the typewriter look, you’ll save paper and ink on this choice.

Brush Script


Not a favorite choice because of the low readability value, Brush Script can save lots of ink and paper during your printing jobs. Great for headings, logos and large bold fonts, you can make a real impression with this choice.


Ryman Eco


This free downloadable font was designed to be sustainable. It uses 33% less ink than other standard fonts, so your printer won’t be working twice as hard getting documents out.

Ryman Eco was deigned to look more beautiful, yet similar to standard fonts. The monotype font is useful that when printed in small enough fonts, the ink bleeds together and leaves the reader none the wiser.

So you have a standard looking font, using less ink and saving more on paper.

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Another downloadable font, Ecofont was created with the sole purpose of saving ink while printing. Commonly used is their Ecofont Sans option with tiny holes poked through the letters, so when it prints out in small fonts, the ink also bleeds.

The best part is that the company also designed a software able to poke small holes through your other standard fonts like Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman, reducing ink usage by up to 50%. Though not free to download, this is a great and super-efficient way to successfully save ink and paper during your print jobs.


In the event that you are in the market for fonts that will save you money while you print, any one of these options are a great place to start. Sure, you can always just make your favorite font smaller, but it might be at the cost of readability.

Your goal should be to save ink, paper and print beautiful, readable documents, so take some time to see what works, it’s more than just a little worth it.

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