While cruising the Sierra Club’s website a couple weeks ago I came across Ecofont. I’m sure a lot of environmental types out there are saying “where have you been?” While I consider myself an environmental type, I’m a new member of the Sierra Club where this article was featured.
Ecofont is a software program developed by the Dutch. The software prints fonts with holes to save ink toner and reduce printing costs, supposedly up to 50% depending on who’s reporting. When typing, it literally looks like Swiss Cheese. When printing, however, the ink bleeds and you can’t tell the difference from traditional fonts.
Of course I wanted to test this out. Before downloading the free version I did a little checking. It appears that Ecofont has been around for years and has won several awards. It’s also been reviewed by quite a few national and international publications, all generally giving it the thumbs up.
I start typing away, and yes, it looks a little strange. I printed out my document; no holes! Wow, they could be onto something here. Of course it’s difficult to test unless you do a lot of printing and know what you spend on ink. I figure I’ll use it until my free trial runs out.
Try it for yourself at: www.ecofont.com/