Looking to print a website (“greener”) without wasting paper and ink on all the unnecessary pages and formatting? Try this web-based tool called PrintFriendly. You can print almost any website by simply pasting the URL on the Printfriendly website, or email the page to yourself, or print to PDF as well.
Also, add the tool as an extension to your Chrome browser to use as needed. And you can download the button code and add to your own website. (find out more!)
TIP: As suggested by the Tech Bits column in C&RL News June 2014 (brought to you by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee) this tool “…could be a powerful visual tool for librarians to compare website content and reliability during instruction” (- Jaki King)
Cutting back on printing is key, but using various fonts can save ink.
A 2010 study at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, showed they saved $10,000 by switching all default printing to Century Gothic (this blog post is set in this font face). They say it uses 30% less than Arial.
This article explains others fonts to use to save ink mentioning a study by Matt Robinson to determine ink usage of various typefonts. His study shows Garamond followed by Courier are the most economic.
The ecofont (the one with hole!) is even better and you can download the Ecofont Vera Sans regular for free if you register.
PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds saving money and the environment. It helps you eliminate printing web pages full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want. Enter a URL and you get a screen with the web page image and legend of options such as to show or hide the background, images, and margins; change the font size and style; and save as various format. The best part – on the page itself, you can choose different areas/pieces of the page (indicated by their red box that highlights as you mouse over it) and the isolate, remove, widen, resize, save clip or select only. View the demo for details.
Here are some helpful tips about power management and printing: The Ultimate 5 Ways to Go Green on Your Computer (thanks for the tip Stacey!)
Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth in their work Measuring Type analyzed fonts at the same point size to see how much ink they really use, aka, how economical they really are. According to the article by inhabitat on their project, the conclusion “Use light, serif-based Garamond instead of bold and compact Impact.”
Also check out a recent post i did on ecofont – a free font that uses less ink by being holey!
Not only should we cut back on paper use in printing but ever thought about cutting back on ink? Try downloading this free eco friendly font – Ecofont – developed by SPRANQ (from Utrecht, The Netherlands). The idea was how to create a font using less ink and how to much of a letter can be removed with it still being readable. This font has empty circles in its letters and uses 20% less ink. For normal 12pt printing it looks a little grayish but very readable; trying blowing it up and printing and you can see the circles in the letter but still readable! And thus the name spranq “After Dutch holey cheese, there now is a Dutch font with holes as well.”
(from Cnet’s Green Tech Blog)
The sustainability calculator from Xerox will allow businesses (or libraries!) to figure out what sort of cost savings and environmental improvements can be had by reducing the amount of equipment installed and to help people use fewer copiers and printers. The Sustainability Calculator is available online.
GreenPrint World – a new, free application (for windows users) detects and highlights unwanted content before printing such as banner ads on a Web page, images that tends to spill over onto extra pages, etc. It also allows users to delete images they dont want to print, and create quick PDF files for easy printing.
GreenPrint World estimates regular users of this application will eliminate over 1400 pages a year and save $90! And it will spare 100 million trees from being chopped down and 300 million tons of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere.
Download the free application here.