6 platforms for a more sustainable life


Climate crisis, garbage pollution, pollution in general. We are confronted with these topics every day. So we should be more than aware of the current state of our earth. And this is exactly where the problem lies: being aware of something does not mean acting accordingly. But unfair, as the world is, it is not us as the polluters who suffer the consequences, but the subsequent generations and people from the less privileged parts of the world. We show six platforms that make small changes for more sustainability in every day life.

1 Sustainable search with Ecosia


The CO2 footprint of an average search query is estimated at 0.2 grams. Not at Ecosia: The social business founded in 2009 uses the income from all search queries to plant trees where they are urgently needed. According to the company, they were able to plant over 86 million trees worldwide and build their own solar system in order to operate the server with clean energy. In contrast to other search engines, Ecosia also advertises by clearly marking advertisements and not selling personal data to third parties.

2 Green travels with B’n’tree


According to studies, tourism is responsible for eight percent of all CO2 emissions. If you want to travel the world, you automatically accept to harm it. This is where the B’n’Tree concept comes in: B’n’Tree founder Chris Kaiser wants to enable an environmentally friendly vacation with the online platform. Based on the English abbreviation for Bed & Breakfast, at least one tree is planted with every hotel booking – instead of serving breakfast. The principle of the platform is simple and straightforward. All partners with whom the B’n’Tree cooperates are listed on the website. This includes various hotel chains and flight search engines. Anyone who books a trip via a link on one of the partner sites automatically sends an “order” to B’n’Tree – and plants a tree. In this way, the company not only helps offset emissions caused by travel, but also creates jobs for local communities and habitats for endangered species.

 If you want to travel the world, you automatically accept to harm it. Right? ❝

3 Conscious flying with Mindfulflights


During the holiday season, flights drive up your personal CO2 footprint. With the Mindfulflights platform, the Viennese start-up ReGreen offers a way to calculate the amount of emissions and offset them at another location. This makes your own flight climate neutral. Mindful flights can not only compensate for flights, but also the emissions that arise for one person over a whole year. The contribution enables three United Nations (UN) certified climate protection projects at once: Forest Protection, Renewable Energy and Clean Drinking Water. With this, the founders of ReGreen combine their mission of stopping the climate crisis through conscious action and the desire to connect the world’s population more.

4 Plant trees with I Plant A Tree


The concept of I Plant A Tree is simple and direct: companies, schools, NGOs or private individuals donate a certain amount via the online platform and thus enable a tree to be planted in the region. The focus is on sustainable forestry with semi-natural mixed forests that are to be created throughout Germany. With this, the company from Halle / Saxony-Anhalt not only promotes the preservation of the forests, but also makes a significant contribution to climate protection: in 2018, just under 22,000 tons of CO2 could be bound with 30,000 trees planted.

We want to make it easy for everyone to be part of the solution and do good with their daily consumption. 


5 Save food with SIRPLUS


In Germany alone, 18 million tons of food are thrown away every year – roughly equivalent to one truck load per minute. The start-up SIRPLUS is actively fighting food waste in Germany by “saving” surplus food from producers and wholesalers and bringing it back into the cycle. Since 2017, SIRPLUS has sold over 2,500 tons of food that was close to the expiration date via its own “rescue markets” and the online shop.


Jedes Jahr werden allein in Deutschland 18 Millionen Tonnen an Lebensmitteln weggeworfen – das entspricht in etwa einer LKW-Ladung in der Minute. Das Start-Up SIRPLUS setzt sich aktiv gegen die Lebensmittelverschwendung in Deutschland ein, indem überschüssige Lebensmittel der Produzenten, Herstellerinnen und Großhändlern “gerettet” und zurück in den Kreislauf gebracht werden. Seit 2017 hat SIRPLUS nach eigenen Angaben über 2.500 Tonnen Lebensmittel, die kurz vor Ablauf des Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatums stehen, über die unternehmenseigenen “Rettermärkte” und den Onlineshop verkauft.

Modern financial solutions with Tomorrow

We eat organic vegetables, use green electricity, buy electric cars. But how sustainable is our money? The Tomorrow project was started to change the financial market and thus contribute to a better and more sustainable future. Since early 2019, Tomorrow has provided a contemporary account for anyone with a smartphone in their hand and a healthy moral compass inside. Because compared to other banks, Tomorrow has no money flowing into the armaments industry, coal-fired power plants or the development of genetic engineering. In the future, this should develop into a comprehensive digital platform for sustainable financial solutions for insurance, crowdfunding and savings plans.


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