ecosia

How many times do you Google something per day? Maybe quite a lot while you’re at work or school, or just occasionally when you want to know what time Target closes during the holidays.

However much you search stuff, what if you could use that to make a positive impact on the environment?

It’s a no-brainer, right?

So, what is Ecosia?

Ecosia is the CO2-neutral search engine that plants trees. Unlike the big guys, Ecosia is all about improving our planet over profits.

The search engine started back in 2009 and has gradually grown over the years to over 7 million active users, planting nearly 80 million trees!

Ecosia makes money via ads shown in your search results, in the same ways that Google or Bing does.

But Ecosia donates 80% of its profits to reforestation programs in countries that need it most.

But it doesn’t just stop at planting trees.

Ecosia owns two solar plants in Germany and produces more than enough solar power to run its servers, meaning all of your searches are powered by 100% renewable energy.

Again, this can’t be said for the big guys.

And on top of all of this, Ecosia is completely transparent in its business dealings (you can view their monthly financial reports on the Ecosia website) and they don’t sell your data to advertisers.

How do I get involved?

Simply start searching at ecosia.org from now on.

You can also bookmark the Ecosia homepage or download the extension for Chrome or Firefox to enable searching directly from the address bar.

Android and iOS apps are available too.

Conclusion

It’s such a simple thing that we can all do and requires hardly any effort.

Every search you make with Ecosia removes 1kg of CO2 from the Earth’s atmosphere. You really can make a difference.