Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees. With Ecosia, you can help the environment, improve lives and strengthen communities just by searching the web. Ecosia is even 100% CO2-neutral. To learn more, please visit this page.
It's super easy: just follow the few simple steps listed here.
The search engine Ecosia belongs to Berlin-based Ecosia GmbH, which is a German social business owned by Christian Kroll and Tim Schumacher. To learn more about the folks behind the scenes, have a look here.
Ecosia has two main sources of income, EcoAds and EcoLinks. We give at least 80 percent of our surplus income to our tree-planting partners. For proof of Ecosia's donations, please have a look here. The remaining 20% of our surplus income is reserved for future Ecosia products. In the meantime, it gets invested into renewable energy projects via Germany's first sustainable bank GLS.
Ecosia neutralizes all CO2 emissions related to an Ecosia web search. To offset our emissions, we use a Gold-Standard project in Madagascar run by our partner myclimate. To learn more about the project, watch this video.
There was a time before flatscreens and laptops when large desktop monitors required slightly less energy to display the color black, as opposed to other colors like green or white. This is no longer the case with modern LCD technology.
To ensure maximum positive impact, Ecosia is currently focusing its efforts on just one beneficiary project at a time. But stay tuned to our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for news about any changes in policy.
Ecosia's search results are powered by Yahoo! Hosted Search (YHS).
Ecosia search tags give you quick access to external search functions such as images, maps and YouTube. To use them, just enter your search term as usual with the tag at the end. For example, if you enter "Berlin #maps" into the Ecosia search box, you'll get Google Maps results for the term "Berlin". To learn more about Ecosia search tags, watch this video.
One of Ecosia's goals is to be a 100% data-private search engine. We believe that an individual's personal data, including their search queries, are their own business and no one else's.
Yahoo! Hosted Search provides the results that appear on Ecosia's search engine results page (SERP). If you feel that a link has been indexed in error, you or your system administrator can follow the steps listed here to hide your site from the index.
The funds generated by Ecosia help to plant several trees every minute. When you do a search with Ecosia, we display a personalized tree counter, which shows you how many trees you have already helped plant. Rather than showing you how many trees you have planted all on your own, the counter shows you how many times you have contributed to the planting of a new tree based on the current cost of each tree.
Your browser might be set to delete cookies every time it restarts. Check your browser's settings for the option to save cookies (Ecosia's are 100% safe). Some browsers even let you specify the sites from which you'd like to keep cookies. You can do an Ecosia search for "cookies other" to learn how to customize your cookie settings.
If you've already lost your tree count, you can contact us here for help.
You can apply to join the Ecosia Ambassador Program! This is a place where Ecosia power users, just like you, can volunteer their time to help grow the movement. You have access to free Ecosia merchandise, a direct line to our team in Berlin and an opportunity to network with other Ecosians around the globe in a private group. The program is designed to work around your schedule. Learn more here.
We're currently working on a technical solution for this request. Send a message labeled "General question" here, and we will let you know as soon as search bars and/or banners are available.
In some cases, Ecosia displays search ads above the normal search results. These ads are text links to websites (i.e. businesses), which pay for each click by users. The ads are delivered to you by Yahoo!, who pay Ecosia a share of the revenue generated via these ads. Ecosia then uses at least 80 percent of its surplus income to plant trees. To learn more about EcoAds please watch this video.
Thanks, but don't do it. You should only click on search ads in which you are genuinely interested: arbitrary clicks could harm the advertiser and possibly even Ecosia. There are also algorithms active, which are designed to detect fake clicks and invalidate them.
No. EcoAds appear for all kinds of products and services — not just the sustainable ones. The designation EcoAd only means that a few cents per click are donated to Ecosia.
EcoLinks, which let you donate to Ecosia for free when you shop the web, are now available as a separate browser extension. This extension expands EcoLinks' functionality to several other search engines, including Google. It is currently available for Firefox and Chrome.
Once your website is published, Yahoo!'s web crawler should automatically index it within a short period of time. You or your system administrator can also find out more here about Yahoo!'s recommendations for search engine optimization (SEO).
Bing and Yahoo! provide Ecosia with EcoAds, or the search ads that appear within our search results. If you would like your business to appearing as an EcoAd, you can register with Yahoo! ads here.
If you've installed an ad blocker extension, we respect your decision to search and browse the web ad free! But Ecosia earns money for tree planting from advertisements, which is why we ask you to "whitelist" Ecosia domains on your ad blockers. Here's how: