Ecosia is a search engine with a purpose: It directs 80 percent of the revenue it generates from display ads and affiliate links to tree-planting projects all over the globe.
Who it’s for: Anyone who wants to make a real difference simply by searching the web. Partnering with conservation groups, including World Vision International and the Jane Goodall Institute, Ecosia has helped plant more than 120 million trees in Brazil, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, Tanzania, and other countries.
What sets it apart: Powered by Microsoft Bing, Ecosia earns ad revenue every time you search. For every 45 or so queries, Ecosia gets enough money to fund the planting of a tree. (You can keep up with the company’s activities in the Projects and News tabs.)
Don’t miss: For a tally of how many trees you’ve helped plant with your searches, tap Settings.
Meet the creator: Ecosia founder Christian Kroll says that while planting 120 million trees is a lot, the nonprofit’s goals are much higher. “The problem is so huge that even 1 billion trees isn’t enough. A trillion is the number we have to think about in the long term.”