Ecofont Vera Sans (originally called Eco Sans) was developed by SPRANQ in the Netherlands in order to reduce ink consumption when printing. Each character in the font contains tiny holes, thus reducing the amount of ink needed by approximately 15 percent when compared to the Vera Sans family on which Ecofont Sans is based.
The Ecofont application program inserts small holes in other fonts in order to reduce ink consumption.
Both the software and the Ecofont Sans fonts are distributed and sold by Ecofont BV, based in Utrecht.
The initial Ecofont Vera Sans was developed for office use to be an eco-friendly alternative for the often used Verdana typeface.
In a 2010 test, Ecofont Vera Sans saved 20% more ink when compared to Bitstream Vera Sans. However, both sans-serif fonts used more ink than most typical serif fonts. Therefore, Ecofont developed software to save ink when using any typeface, including serif fonts.
In 2011 Ecofont announced that a reproducible test comparing Arial with Ecofont Arial showed ink savings of 28%.
The Eco Sans font received the European Environmental Design Award 2010 from DiMAD in Spain.
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