Thanks to the heads up from Margaret Atwood, I’ve discovered alternative search engines that are eco-friendly. Like you’re probably thinking now, I first couldn’t fathom how a search engine could be eco-friendly or “save the rainforest” as most claim. Then, after a little research, long story short, these eco-friendly search engines donate the majority of profit they receive from ads and sponsors to organizations like the WWF or The Nature Conservancy, which use it for environmentally-sound strategies. You can set these pages as your homepage instead of Google and/or install the plugin for your browser, which places an unobtrusive search box in the address bar (at least in Firefox). To hedge my bets, I’ve set done both, but with two different search engines. Plus, for those stats geeks out there, you can see a running total of how many square metres of rainforest your searches have saved so far. Sure, it’s superfluous really, but still fun. I’ve done a number of searches and realized that for the most part, the results are similar to those of Google.
So why not try them out? What can it hurt? Not the rainforest, at least.
For more information about how the search engine that I’ve made my Firefox homepage–Forestle, please click the following links:
- How does Forestle work?
- How do I know that Forestle really saves rainforest?
- What does the certificate “GREEN certified site” mean?
- Is Forestle a CO2-neutral search engine?
- How much money does Forestle spend on administration expenses?
- How does Forestle protect the rainforest?
- Where does Forestle protect rainforest?
- Why was The Nature Conservancy selected as partner organization?
- Does Forestle also earn money with other searches like image search?
- Is there also a black version of Forestle?
For more information about the search engine I’ve used as the plugin for my browser–Ecosia, please click the following links:
Watch a video about how Ecosia works:
- How does Ecosia manage to save about two square meters per search?
- Why is Ecosia the greenest of all search engines?
- Can I help Ecosia by artificially conducting searches or clicking on ads?
- I never click on sponsored links. Do my searches help anyway?
- Is Ecosia for free?
- What share of the revenue goes to Bing and Yahoo?
- Do Yahoo and Bing also emit CO2 with their servers?
- Why doesn’t Ecosia partner with Google?