Do you use Google, play games online, or shop on Amazon?
If you’re like most people, the answer is, of course!
But you might not realize you can do all of those things while helping make the world a better place, and spreading digital kindness.
There are a ton of ways to use technology you already use, for good. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
We recently discovered this amazing browser extension/plug-in, which works like Google or Bing for web searches. But Ecosia is a search engine that donates a portion of their profits to plant trees!
They estimate that for every 45 searches you do, they plant one tree. You’d be surprised how quickly searches add up! We’ve already planted a few trees in just a few weeks. In total, Ecosia has planted over 18 million trees.
We love this idea for a few reasons. Planting trees adds beauty and health to the earth, and it directly contributes to the well-being of animals and humans around the world. We are all about simple and surprising ways to love our neighbors around the world, so Ecosia is our new favorite way to search.
Learn more at ecosia.org.
Do you ever play games on your computer or phone? Looking for something constructive to do when you’re bored or need a break? If that’s you, you need to check out Free Rice.
Free Rice is a website that quizzes you on various topics. The default category is vocabulary words, but you can also be quizzed on math, languages, human anatomy, and more. The best part is for each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme.
Ten grains of rice isn’t much, but it adds up fast. Since it began in 2007, Free Rice has donated over 93 billion grains of rice. That’s a lot of rice!
Free Rice is a win-win, because you get smarter and you help feed people in need around the world.
Learn more at freerice.com.
Each holiday season, more and more people turn to Amazon for more of their shopping. This means less money given to red kettles and charity tables at shopping centers. Did you know there’s an easy way you can give a percentage of your purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice?
With AmazonSmile, There are a few exceptions, but the vast majority of items on Amazon qualify. You can choose from almost a million 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
0.5% doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up quick. To date, the AmazonSmile program has made almost $70 million in donations to charities.
We love this because it doesn’t add any complexity to shopping on Amazon. You help out a charity that you are passionate about, and can use your existing Amazon account. The shopping experience is identical to your normal Amazon shopping, so sign up today!
Learn more at smile.amazon.com.
Did you try any of these? Do you know of other acts of digital kindness we can add to our list? Please share in the comments!