Pleeeaase start using this website, https://www.ecosia.org, it’s basically a search engine that plants trees every time you use it, how beautiful is that? It’s pretty much the same as google only like a million times more ethical- 80% of their income goes toward tree planting programs in Brazil. It’s totally free and there’s an app available for IOS too, so you really don’t have an excuse… Now go and help the environment my darlings!

Fall From Grace: GUYS GUYS GUYS 

How amazing are Ecosians? 

This amazing: A Tumblr post by what-kitty-didnext has been re-blogged over 6,300 times and counting. Thank you – literally a million times over – from Ecosians around the world.

Let’s plant some trees!

Your (smitten) Ecosia Team

The Happiness Experiment
It started with a second-hand hack of our office space, and turned into a constructive critique on office life.
We postured that if we want to add happiness and trees to the world, we must first cultivate these things at work. 
So far, so good with the trees:

Just kidding, that’s not our office:

You may have noticed the trees have grown! So we took photosynthetic cues from them and got some sun ourselves on a recent field trip to Tempelhofer Feld:

…which inspired a slew of other offline activities, like monthly sustainability movie nights. Ecosia Ambassadors Tony and Peter are pictured here with our very own Fátima at last week’s screening of Once Upon a Forest.  

Next, our mission statement, values and short-term goals went up on the bathroom wall. 

Then, instead of eating out, we prepared a Kartoffeln & Quark lunch together (Greg did the salad).

It was delicious, but that afternoon’s food coma reminded us how nap/meditation time could also be awesome/healthy. So we equipped the office accordingly:

Soon Christian’s newfound freshness of mind and body inspired him to start experimenting with a series of mid-morning smoothies: 


Christian actually began treating the team team twice a day – smoothies in the a.m. and cappuccinos in the p.m.. We have been most grateful for both.
Maybe it’s that gratitude. Maybe it’s the kind gestures. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the sun, the films, the rests or the meals together. In any case, we’d probably all agree that work has felt especially human lately.
So the Happiness Experiment continues: Now you tell us – what do you do to stay in balance?
Your (presently content) Ecosia Team

The Happiness Experiment

It started with a second-hand hack of our office space, and turned into a constructive critique on office life.

We postured that if we want to add happiness and trees to the world, we must first cultivate these things at work. 

So far, so good with the trees:

Just kidding, that’s not our office:

You may have noticed the trees have grown! So we took photosynthetic cues from them and got some sun ourselves on a recent field trip to Tempelhofer Feld:

…which inspired a slew of other offline activities, like monthly sustainability movie nights. Ecosia Ambassadors Tony and Peter are pictured here with our very own Fátima at last week’s screening of Once Upon a Forest.  

Next, our mission statement, values and short-term goals went up on the bathroom wall. 

Then, instead of eating out, we prepared a Kartoffeln & Quark lunch together (Greg did the salad).

It was delicious, but that afternoon’s food coma reminded us how nap/meditation time could also be awesome/healthy. So we equipped the office accordingly:

Soon Christian’s newfound freshness of mind and body inspired him to start experimenting with a series of mid-morning smoothies: 

Christian actually began treating the team team twice a day – smoothies in the a.m. and cappuccinos in the p.m.. We have been most grateful for both.

Maybe it’s that gratitude. Maybe it’s the kind gestures. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the sun, the films, the rests or the meals together. In any case, we’d probably all agree that work has felt especially human lately.

So the Happiness Experiment continues: Now you tell us – what do you do to stay in balance?

Your (presently content) Ecosia Team

Mahlzeit!
We are 67% Spanish, Polish, Tunisian, Canadian and US-American, but today we are being German. #kartoffelnundquark #happyfriday
For those unfamiliar with quark, it comes highly recommended for both hunger and injury-related inflammation. This meal included a heated debate about its English-language name (we were all wrong).
Love & trees,
Your (food-coma-stricken) Ecosia Team :)

Mahlzeit!

We are 67% Spanish, Polish, Tunisian, Canadian and US-American, but today we are being German. #kartoffelnundquark #happyfriday

For those unfamiliar with quark, it comes highly recommended for both hunger and injury-related inflammation. This meal included a heated debate about its English-language name (we were all wrong).

Love & trees,

Your (food-coma-stricken) Ecosia Team :)

The trees for the forest
More than 700,000 planted since the relaunch last August – pretty unbelievable for less than a year of Ecosians searching and shopping the web.
Sure, Ecosia publishes monthly donation receipts. And yes, The Nature Conservancy is so excited about the project, they posted an article. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s time for the world to see the tree-planting awesomeness Ecosians have made possible in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. 

Behold! It all begins with a seed – boxes of millions of them in fact, awaiting planting at tree nurseries throughout the country. The ones pictured above are from the Guaraquecaba Carbon Projects east of Curitiba in the state of Parana, Brazil.

Next, the seeds are nursed into seedlings. These little guys will one day be full-grown ”Schizolobium parahyba” or Guapuruvu trees. They’re waiting near the city of Guarapuava in Parana at a large, state-owned tree nursery for their turn to be planted. 

This local gardener is tending to some seedlings at a nusery run by the Sao Paulo State water Company (SABESP). The Conservancy partners with SABESP to reforest degraded riparian areas in watersheds that supply water to the city of Sao Paulo and surrounding communities.

Soon it’s time to take root in the wild! The local forester above is planting trees on a hillside in the Jaguari watershed near Extrema, Brazil. Planters can put as many as 300 trees a day in the ground – such as Pedro Agustin (below) whose diligent hands are reforesting an area near Extrema, Brazil.

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlantic Forest program has a Water Producer Program to compensate landowners who protect and reforest riparian areas on their lands. 
By the end of August, Ecosia is aiming to assist these fine folks by funding the planting of a total of 1 million new trees throughout the region. With more than 700,000 under our collective belts, we’ve made stellar progress together. But that’s only a third of the way to our goal – and we’re down to 46 days until the end of August!
We’ll need a whopping 300,000 new trees in that time – but maybe, just maybe, if we all spread the word like never before, we can beat all odds. 
Are you in?
Your Ecosia Team :)

Photos: Title, 1 & 4 by Scott Warren; 2, 3 & 5 by Adriano Gambarini

The trees for the forest

More than 700,000 planted since the relaunch last August – pretty unbelievable for less than a year of Ecosians searching and shopping the web.

Sure, Ecosia publishes monthly donation receipts. And yes, The Nature Conservancy is so excited about the project, they posted an article. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s time for the world to see the tree-planting awesomeness Ecosians have made possible in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

©Scott Warren

Behold! It all begins with a seed – boxes of millions of them in fact, awaiting planting at tree nurseries throughout the country. The ones pictured above are from the Guaraquecaba Carbon Projects east of Curitiba in the state of Parana, Brazil.

©Adriano Gambarini

Next, the seeds are nursed into seedlings. These little guys will one day be full-grown ”Schizolobium parahyba” or Guapuruvu trees. They’re waiting near the city of Guarapuava in Parana at a large, state-owned tree nursery for their turn to be planted. 

©Adriano Gambarini

This local gardener is tending to some seedlings at a nusery run by the Sao Paulo State water Company (SABESP). The Conservancy partners with SABESP to reforest degraded riparian areas in watersheds that supply water to the city of Sao Paulo and surrounding communities.

©Scott Warren

Soon it’s time to take root in the wild! The local forester above is planting trees on a hillside in the Jaguari watershed near Extrema, Brazil. Planters can put as many as 300 trees a day in the ground – such as Pedro Agustin (below) whose diligent hands are reforesting an area near Extrema, Brazil.

©Adriano Gambarini

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlantic Forest program has a Water Producer Program to compensate landowners who protect and reforest riparian areas on their lands. 

By the end of August, Ecosia is aiming to assist these fine folks by funding the planting of a total of 1 million new trees throughout the region. With more than 700,000 under our collective belts, we’ve made stellar progress together. But that’s only a third of the way to our goal – and we’re down to 46 days until the end of August!

We’ll need a whopping 300,000 new trees in that time – but maybe, just maybe, if we all spread the word like never before, we can beat all odds. 

Are you in?

Your Ecosia Team :)

Photos: Title, 1 & 4 by Scott Warren; 2, 3 & 5 by Adriano Gambarini

We’re growing
Exciting news: The popular San Francisco-based charitable app Bloson is coming together with Ecosia to maximize our positive impact on the environment.
Bloson is migrating all app users from its service to Ecosia’s brand new Ecolink extension – the easiest way to plant trees while shopping online.
Once the move is complete, former Bloson users will be a full-fleged part of Ecosia’s effort to restore and protect Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in all of its precious, habitat-wielding, carbon-capturing glory.
Ecosians have already helped The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program fund more than 730,000 new trees in under eleven months – an incredible effort that can only grow in speed and impact when Bloson and Ecosia combine their tree-planting power.
As one of the most crucial factors in the battle against environmental destruction, speed is key. So here’s to our growing strength in numbers – and a very warm welcome to everyone from Bloson.
Keep up the good work! :)
Your Ecosia Team

We’re growing

Exciting news: The popular San Francisco-based charitable app Bloson is coming together with Ecosia to maximize our positive impact on the environment.

Bloson is migrating all app users from its service to Ecosia’s brand new Ecolink extension – the easiest way to plant trees while shopping online.

Once the move is complete, former Bloson users will be a full-fleged part of Ecosia’s effort to restore and protect Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in all of its precious, habitat-wieldingcarbon-capturing glory.

Ecosians have already helped The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program fund more than 730,000 new trees in under eleven months – an incredible effort that can only grow in speed and impact when Bloson and Ecosia combine their tree-planting power.

As one of the most crucial factors in the battle against environmental destruction, speed is key. So here’s to our growing strength in numbers – and a very warm welcome to everyone from Bloson.

Keep up the good work! :)

Your Ecosia Team

Search and you shall receive
Maps. News. Pics. Biographies. You told us you needed a better search, and we couldn’t have agreed more.
That’s why the latest update to Ecosia’s search experience gets you exactly what you need faster than ever, with richly blended search results to give you the whole story. It’s never been this easy to help the environment while searching the web.
An updated search results page lends Ecosia new life and relevance: Blended results powered by Yahoo! incorporate the latest news, images, videos and maps for your search query – so you find what you need right away. Enjoy improvements across other search modes too, including better images and a maps services powered by Google’s enhanced API.   
Don’t wait – get the information you need now: Ecosia’s freshly streamlined search technology now returns results in a fraction of the time it used to – meaning that saving the rainforest can also save you valuable seconds.
What else? Get results tailored to the past day, week or month with the addition of chronological filters on the search results page. We were listening, too, when you asked about data privacy at Ecosia – so check out our updated Privacy Policy. Plus, donate for free when you shop just about anywhere on the web with the all-new EcoLinks browser extension.
Now, it’s your turn: Tell us what you think, either here, on Facebook or via Twitter. With your help, we’re going to make searching the web and saving the environment better, faster and easier than ever!

The Ecosia Team

Search and you shall receive

Maps. News. Pics. Biographies. You told us you needed a better search, and we couldn’t have agreed more.

That’s why the latest update to Ecosia’s search experience gets you exactly what you need faster than ever, with richly blended search results to give you the whole story. It’s never been this easy to help the environment while searching the web.

An updated search results page lends Ecosia new life and relevance: Blended results powered by Yahoo! incorporate the latest news, images, videos and maps for your search query – so you find what you need right away. Enjoy improvements across other search modes too, including better images and a maps services powered by Google’s enhanced API.   

Don’t wait – get the information you need now: Ecosia’s freshly streamlined search technology now returns results in a fraction of the time it used to – meaning that saving the rainforest can also save you valuable seconds.

What else? Get results tailored to the past day, week or month with the addition of chronological filters on the search results page. We were listening, too, when you asked about data privacy at Ecosia – so check out our updated Privacy PolicyPlus, donate for free when you shop just about anywhere on the web with the all-new EcoLinks browser extension.

Now, it’s your turn: Tell us what you think, either here, on Facebook or via Twitter. With your help, we’re going to make searching the web and saving the environment better, faster and easier than ever!

The Ecosia Team

Firefox features Ecosia
The month of May has been a good one at Ecosia – not least because Firefox chose our trusty browser extension as a featured add-on!
Users looking for informed recommendations about which Firefox add-ons to install will find Ecosia listed among the browser’s best.
We’d like to thank Firefox’s community board made up of add-on developers, users and fans for thinking of us.
Have Firefox, but don’t have the Ecosia add-on yet? Get it now!

Firefox features Ecosia

The month of May has been a good one at Ecosia – not least because Firefox chose our trusty browser extension as a featured add-on!

Users looking for informed recommendations about which Firefox add-ons to install will find Ecosia listed among the browser’s best.

We’d like to thank Firefox’s community board made up of add-on developers, users and fans for thinking of us.

Have Firefox, but don’t have the Ecosia add-on yet? Get it now!

Come on in

Ecosiaplex got a makeover this March. We “hacked” our Berlin-based office with the help of some friends (thanks Deni!) and some second-hand materials.

We were already using LED lightbulbs to save on cash and carbon emissions (thanks, Christian). But we also added a curious array of plants, some all-purpose wine crates and the odd thinking chair. Would any startup headquarters be complete without an old ping-pong table-desk and some bright orange sofas? We apparently didn’t think so.  

Well it’s been two months, and we’re pleased as punch with our new digs. In the meantime, we’ve been working to pass the imagination and ease pictured above on to your tree-planting, environment-helping, world-saving Ecosia experience.

Thanks for being our inspiration: we hope it won’t be long before the word “upcycling” is officially added to the English dictionary (or has this already happened?).

Alrighty then, we’ll see you soon with some awesome new updates!

Your Ecosia Team

Ecosia now a B Corp
Impact over profit: That’s what Ecosia promised when it was founded in 2009.
Now it’s official: Ecosia has become a Certified B Corp as recognized by B Lab, the Skoll Award-winning B Corp certification body. 
A B Corporation is a new type of company, which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Ecosia’s certification puts it in a category with social business pioneers like Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.
You, our users, understand strength in numbers because you see its impact everyday. Ecosia’s B Corp certification helps us check our values against our actions – and allies us with a growing movement of smart, sustainable business.  
In the end, Ecosia lives from its commitment to people, planet and profits. When we believe in the collective power of our small, everyday actions, we’re building the foundations of a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.
Let’s B the Change together.    
Ecosia’s B Corp profile 

Ecosia now a B Corp

Impact over profit: That’s what Ecosia promised when it was founded in 2009.

Now it’s official: Ecosia has become a Certified B Corp as recognized by B Lab, the Skoll Award-winning B Corp certification body. 

B Corporation is a new type of company, which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Ecosia’s certification puts it in a category with social business pioneers like Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.

You, our users, understand strength in numbers because you see its impact everyday. Ecosia’s B Corp certification helps us check our values against our actions – and allies us with a growing movement of smart, sustainable business.  

In the end, Ecosia lives from its commitment to people, planet and profits. When we believe in the collective power of our small, everyday actions, we’re building the foundations of a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.

Let’s B the Change together.    

Ecosia’s B Corp profile 

Hello from Tim!
Hey out there, here’s a message from Tim, one of the latest additions to our core team at Ecosia. We hope you’re ready for some serious tree planting, because together we’re going to grow the Ecosia movement – and millions of trees along with it. Thanks for your support!
–      
Most readers here on the Ecosia blog won’t know me, so I’d like to introduce myself: my name is Tim Schumacher, 37 years old, and I’m an Internet Entrepreneur living in Cologne, Germany.
I’ve founded, managed and/or financed multiple Internet projects (like Sedo, Affili.net and Eyeo/Adblock Plus), and – being an avid fan of anything green and sustainable – also Cleantech projects like Enbreeze. 
So when I met Christian and the Ecosia team over a year ago, I was quickly fascinated by Ecosia and how it operates at the intersection of a scalable web business in an area I know very well (online marketing and search), and an area I’m passionate about – one that simply makes sense for the earth. We started working together, and I tried to help where ever possible, with knowledge and connections, but also by financing the fledgling social business in order to help it grow. 
So I’m happy to announce that I have recently become co-owner of Ecosia, together with Ecosia’s founder and CEO Christian Kroll.  He continues to own the majority of Ecosia, and there are no other owners besides the two of us. So this certainly isn’t a typical Internet investment – but Ecosia is by no means your typical company. We don’t look at profits, we look at our “triple bottom line”.
And unlike many start-ups out there, we certainly don’t run Ecosia looking for an exit: we run it because the Internet needs a search-engine alternative that leverages the enormous revenue generated by web search – the Internet’s most commercialized genre – to combat one of humanity’s biggest problems, the deforestation of our planet.
So I’m looking forward to helping Ecosia on this route. Thank you all for using and supporting us!
Best,
Tim

Hello from Tim!

Hey out there, here’s a message from Tim, one of the latest additions to our core team at Ecosia. We hope you’re ready for some serious tree planting, because together we’re going to grow the Ecosia movement – and millions of trees along with it. Thanks for your support!

–      

Most readers here on the Ecosia blog won’t know me, so I’d like to introduce myself: my name is Tim Schumacher, 37 years old, and I’m an Internet Entrepreneur living in Cologne, Germany.

I’ve founded, managed and/or financed multiple Internet projects (like SedoAffili.net and Eyeo/Adblock Plus), and – being an avid fan of anything green and sustainable – also Cleantech projects like Enbreeze

So when I met Christian and the Ecosia team over a year ago, I was quickly fascinated by Ecosia and how it operates at the intersection of a scalable web business in an area I know very well (online marketing and search), and an area I’m passionate about – one that simply makes sense for the earth. We started working together, and I tried to help where ever possible, with knowledge and connections, but also by financing the fledgling social business in order to help it grow. 

So I’m happy to announce that I have recently become co-owner of Ecosia, together with Ecosia’s founder and CEO Christian Kroll.  He continues to own the majority of Ecosia, and there are no other owners besides the two of us. So this certainly isn’t a typical Internet investment – but Ecosia is by no means your typical company. We don’t look at profits, we look at our “triple bottom line”.

And unlike many start-ups out there, we certainly don’t run Ecosia looking for an exit: we run it because the Internet needs a search-engine alternative that leverages the enormous revenue generated by web search – the Internet’s most commercialized genre – to combat one of humanity’s biggest problems, the deforestation of our planet.

So I’m looking forward to helping Ecosia on this route. Thank you all for using and supporting us!

Best,

Tim