Ecosia.org is the online home of Ecosia, a company who says that their goal is to take the basic function of web browsing and turn it into a way to “plant trees while you search the web.”
How Does It Work?
Their website says that the way their web browser extension works is very simple. You download their browser extension, use it to search the web, and the ads that are generated while you search will pay for this company to plant trees in different areas around the world.
Ecosia.org says that they choose to plant trees for so many reasons. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, so they help fight climate change, and they protect the soil from erosion while helping keep the land fertile. They also clean the air by absorbing pollutant gases and filtering out particulates, and forests regulate water cycles and help food and ecosystem diversity.
Their website says that the funds generated by Ecosia has helped them to plant an average of one tree every 30 seconds. When you perform your Ecosia search they will display a personalized tree counter for you, which will help you understand how many trees you have already helped to plant.
This counter does not intend to show you how many trees you have personally planted all on your own, but rather how many trees that you have financially contributed toward planting.
As an optional browser extension, this company does not charge their customers any fees to download their product or to use it when they are performing searches. Instead, the charitable fees paid to this company all come from the advertisements that you will be exposed to on this search platform, as opposed to traditional search engines who are described as keeping advertising profits for themselves.
Because this company does not charge their customers any money to download their browser extension nor do they charge any fees to perform searches with their extension, so they do not offer their customers a Refund Policy.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected]
As a free web browser extension, this product doesn’t seem to drive a lot of reviews. However, there are people online complaining that they are unsure of whether or not this company actually fulfills their promises to users.
Ecosia.org does say that they are a certified B Corporation, which is a special certification given to for-profit organizations that also work to “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.”
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different options for people looking to work with for-profit companies that still work to benefit society and the environment, though they may not be in the area of internet searches. Some of the most famous socially conscious companies include Toms, who donates a pair of shoes for every pair purchased, and Warby Parker, who donates glasses to children in need.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Ecosia.org reviews below.
76 ‘Ecosia.org’ Reviews
Not a scam at all, just as fast as Google. It is also compatible with other extensions, like Momentum.
It is very good and it works very well. I like it a lot because it is helping reverse global warming.
Pretty nice site, decent search results, but it is helping the planet.
I do not believe Ecosia plants trees, but it is still a good browser. Please tell me if Ecosia really plants trees. Thanks! Goodbye!
They put their money where their mouth is.
A video of the people who plant the trees!
It takes 45 searches to plant a tree.
I do a lot of internet searches for my work and art. I switched recently to Ecosia as my primary search engine. As this is my first month of using Ecosia, I'm occasionally running a search on Google just to see if I can find anything missed. I do find the results often very similar to Google, but not always. Overall I like Ecosia though, and it fits into my mission at The Art of Sustainability of exploring eco art so I'll continue using it. Funding the planting of trees as I do my everyday work just sounds like a win-win. The transparency of posting their monthly donation receipts is pretty impressive. Would love to see more of that practice in the world!
Comparable to Google minus the spying and plus planting trees
Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. I don't know if they actually plant trees, I'm pretty sure they don't because they amount of trees they say they plant is a little too high to be believable. First of all, the results of searches are usually always not what you looking for, or looking for definitions is hard. The only thing I do like is the idea of planting trees from searching.