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Ink Saving Fonts









 

Did you know that different fonts use differing amounts of ink to create the same characters? The examples listed above are all the same size and none of them have been set to bold. It becomes very obvious when you look at the examples side by side. This very text you are reading is in the Times New Roman font. You would potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri as opposed to Broadway or Bauhaus 93. A monetary savings in the thousands could be possible for larger organizations. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay has asked users to switch to Century Gothic for all printed documents. They have also switched their campus wide e-mail to Century Gothic. "The feedback we've gotten so far has been positive…Century Gothic is very readable." The school of 6,500 students was spending about $100,000 per year on ink and toner cartridges.

Recently a popular website tested different fonts for their ink-friendly ways, and Century Gothic and Times New Roman came out on top. Century Gothic uses approximately thirty percent less ink than Arial. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines. A font with ‘light’ or ‘narrow’ in its name generally uses less ink that its ‘bold’ counterpart said Thom Brown, an ink researcher with Hewlett Packard. Additionally, serif fonts, those with short horizontal strokes at the top and bottom of the characters, tend to use thinner lines and therefore less ink than a sans serif counterpart.

Now here is where things get a little confusing and not so cut and dry. While changing fonts may help you use less ink and buy fewer ink cartridges, it’s not necessarily the best decision for the environment. That’s because some fonts that use less ink are also wider. A document that’s approximately one page in length in the Arial font could possibly extend onto a second page when printed with Century Gothic. UW-Green Bay said research suggests that the monetary cost of ink is the main cost of a printout. The environmental cost of the additional paper used when printing with these reduced ink fonts is higher. Maybe the individual characters use less ink, but if you're using more paper, that's not so green, is it?

Other tips for reducing printing costs includes printing in ‘draft mode’ whenever possible and re-use and print on both sides of a piece of paper for those drafts. Always use print preview to eliminate wasting pages on useless text, like unwanted images and copyright lines. The use of an ink saving font is just another technique when you’re trying to consider the environmental impact of your printing habits.

So what is the best way to save on printing costs and help the environment? Simple, buy your ink and toner from http://www.clickinks.com/. The use of remanufactured ink cartridges helps to reduce the number of empty cartridges that are disposed of into landfills. Our high quality, low cost remanufactured cartridges are great for both the environment and your bottom line.

Cartridges for Presents!

1. December 2010 05:00 by Matt in clickinks, ecology, environment, holiday  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The Holidays are coming up and like the rest of us, you probably don't know what to get your friends and relatives. Below are 5 reasons why you should be giving the gift of ink this year.

5. Ink cartridges make great "stocking stuffers". With low prices from http://www.clickinks.com/, ink cartridges are appropriately priced (and sized) to make a great stocking stuffer.

4. Ink cartridges are better than sweaters. Sweaters are only useful during winter months, and if you are in a place that does not get cold during the winters, like us in Florida, it is mostly useless. They are also itchy at times. Ink cartridges and toners can be used year around, for many different things. A sweater can only keep you warm..and itchy.

3. Everyone uses ink. From children printing out pictures of their favorite cartoons, to grown men printing out pictures of their favorite cartoons, everyone needs ink. Ink is great for printing out letters, cards, business reports, graphs, directions, etc. The uses of ink are endless.

2. Our ink won't kill our Earth. Unlike some holiday presents, Clickinks's ink and toner cartridges are eco-friendly and will not contribute to the piling up of the land fills. We believe in contributing to the health of this beautiful planet.

1. Buy the ink for yourself and print cards. Giving people cards for holidays will save you a lot of money. You will save in two ways:
  1. By buying cartridges from Clickinks.com
  2. By not buying expensive gifts for your relatives and friends.
Happy Holidays from Clickinks.com!

Eco Printer Offers Coffee Scented Printouts

14. May 2010 11:10 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, recycle cartridges, ecology, recycle, environment  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)













The staff here at Clickinks.com find the smell of a freshly produced printout hard to beat – especially the smell of a printout produced using our quality remanufactured cartridges. Recently though, conceptual designer Jeon Hwan Ju has proposed making printing a completely different olfactory experience: his freshly invented RICI printer uses coffee grinds for ink cartridges. The user literally takes their old coffee filters and places them into specially shaped cartridges before inserting into their printer – giving each printout the faint scent of Arabica beans (or whatever blend they enjoyed that morning.)

The RICI printer isn't perfect however. Intending to make his printer environmentally friendly for example, Hwan Ju hasn't included an electricity socket. The user is therefore required to manually feed the coffee grinds into the printer while the page is being produced, which may make printing both time consuming and incredibly tiring. Moreover, though coffee brands like Starbucks may guarantee the quality of their coffee, they probably won't guarantee the quality of their printouts. Clickinks.com on the other hand offers a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed with every purchase. And who knows – maybe one day we'll begin selling chocolate or hazelnut-scented cartridges, too.

Will that New Printer Save your Green backs?

Go Green today, not just because it is St. Patrick’s Day, but because the green is a reminder of our Earth friendly ways that, on some level, we all strive for. Even as we aim to recycle and keep loads out of the landfill, there has been an urge lately to buy more printers, throwing perfectly functioning printers in the trash all in the name of saving on ink.

When inside an office supply chain, you may have looked at the high retail prices of your ink or toner cartridges, and then looked at the sale price of a new printer. Don’t let it fool you, if it seems too good to be true – it probably is.

HP, Epson and other printer manufacturers are guilty of this; they sell the printers at low prices, with nothing more than a starter cartridge included, and then increase the price of the subsequent cartridges. By encouraging consumers to buy a new printer, they are creating a lot of unnecessary environmental waste.

The solution is to keep your printer out of the landfill and keep more of your money in pocket. Purchase remanufactured (professionally refilled and recycled) ink cartridges from a reputable company like Clickinks.com. Your printer, wallet and grandchildren will thank you.

You Can Help the Environment by Supporting Responsible Corporations

Are you concerned about the environmental impact of printing?

There are several ways to maximize your positive impact on the planet. For example, print only when necessary, and avoid reprints by ensuring you’re satisfied with the page first. Alternately, remove unwanted elements from websites using applications like PrintWhatYouLike.com. This application lets you remove superfluous adverts and images from internet pages before printing. It’s an excellent way to save ink – and keep the planet healthy.

Buying from responsible corporations also makes a good contribution. For example, Hewlett Packard recently topped Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Hence HP fulfils their obligations to the planet more effectively than anyone in subjects including: Climate Change, Environment, Human Rights and Corporate Governance. Buying HP printers then, supports their positive policies. It’s an indirect way to make printing greener, and something to consider when buying a new printer.

Are there any other ways of making a positive impact through printing you’d like to know about?

To see Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s complete list of responsible corporations, click here.