Every day there are more and more technological projects getting involved with the environment and sustainability. From telephones of the likes of Fairphone that intend to be sustainable to ideas of the likes of this project: an ecological search engine that invests part of the profits obtained from its queries in reforestation plans in different countries. We're talking about Ecosia.
What is Ecosia?
Well, it's basically what we've just told you, a search engine that donates 80% of its profits to a program that plants tropical trees all over the world: Peru, Madagascar, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, etc. It was released in 2009 on behalf of Christian Kroll and its headquarters are located in Berlin.
Technically, it's a search tool that uses Bing as its search engine, allowing us to carry out the following types of searches:
Furthermore, it also allows us to search within other websites such as Google, Wikipedia, Amazon or YouTube. You can also establish date-based search filters from the main interface and localize the search region to adapt it your country and receive better and more accurate results.
In any case, on the right-hand-side of the interface, there's a menu from which you can carry out different settings that allow you to customize your searches.
An interesting project to compensate the environmental footprint left by each search on the Internet.
Is everything they say true?
The truth is that it's a project with loads of positive criticism and opinions, thanks to the fact that its results are fully reliable since they are offered by Microsoft.
Regarding its economic transparency that has led some people to think that it's a fake, there's no doubt about its genuineness. However, you may think that the system used by Microsoft for Bing consumes much more energy than the alleged ecological compensation received. And that's where the Ecosia vs Google dilemma comes in, as the latter do try to compensate their energetic consumption with the implementation of renewable energy sources.
You yourself can try out the search engine and take a look at the project, as well as installing its extension on Chrome or Firefox.