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.
30 ‘Ecosia.org’ Reviews
I love what they're doing, they aren't a scam they actual plant trees around the world,
They put an extra ad when you search something and use the money from the add to plant a tree.
You can also buy there merch and 100% of the money goes to planting trees!!
They even use servers powered by solar energy I don't get why everybody doesn't use them
This is an amazing source for people who want to help out the environment but don't know where to start. However, I ran into a pretty major problem involving images. There is no filter on any of the images it shows you when you search, meaning you can get any picture from any site as long as those keywords are in the tags. When I typed in "Connor and Taylor" (as in Connor Kennedy and Taylor Swift) and went to images, some disturbing stuff came up. And by disturbing stuff, I mean porn. Graphic images that children should not be shown. I would suggest putting this in schools but this is a major NO as long as this still occurs. If they fix this issue, it'll be golden, but for now, I have to stick with three stars.
i think Ecosia should also be allowed in schools because then students could all use it
Sitting at my desk and at the same time "planting" trees, it seemed impossible, I hope that it's legit because I freaking love the idea!
As fast as other browsers on the internet, Ecosia is doing so much for the environment. And I think that I'm more conscious now about trees, plants and else. Keep it up, guys!
it works just as good as google would. I almost wish that Google or another big internet browser would do this. Based on the research that I have done this thing is pretty legit. They have a youtube channel where they show the areas that ecosia has effected.
You can put in chicken nugget without lag so im happy
It works perfectly, easy to link to chrome and the searches are just a s fast as Google, seems like a great cause, spread the word!!
I added this to my browser and so far i haven't had any issues. It might even be faster than google .
I like the idea of helping a not for profit company fulfill their goal. This is an easy way to do it. As other reviewers have said not sure i believe they are actually planting that many trees as quickly as they say. However, since i am having no issues with the browser i am not worried about that. ?I have also gone to the website and read some of the stories about their accomplishments and he reason they are doing what they do.