Alternative search engines

When you search with Ecosia, you help plant trees every time you search – and the more people search with Ecosia, the more trees we can all plant together. However, we at Ecosia love it when people use our search engine for all their online searches. The more people search with Ecosia, the more trees we can plant. However, the idea behind Ecosia is about so much more than just offering a search engine that plants trees. We want to prove that it’s possible to empower anyone to do good with a neat every-day tool. So even if we are convinced that using Ecosia is the coolest way to search the web AND help the environment, it is your choice. Everyone should use the search engine that suits them best, which is why we would like to introduce a few alternatives to Google and its fellow market leaders to you.

Some of those alternatives concentrate on offering more privacy by tracking and storing less user data, others allow users to do good with their searches. Most search engines display ads next to their search results. Like Ecosia, some engines use the revenue from those ads to donate to environmental or social projects.

 

After every second search, Benefind donates one cent to one of various registered NGOs, from which the user can choose one to support. Benefind only works if users don’t activate any form of ad blocker. The search results are powered by Yahoo!, the collected donations are transferred to the 1300 registered NGOs once a year. Benefind publishes its yearly business reports and allows users to look up statistics on how much was donated to every NGO.

Founded in: July 2009
Search results powered by: Yahoo!
Percentage of donations per search: 70% of earnings from revenze share
Good cause: various NGOs
CO2 balance: benefind's servers are run on green energy

 

Blackle was created at a time when cathode tube ray monitors were popular. In a time before flat screens and LCD displays, old desktop monitors actually used less energy when running sites with a black background instead of white or green, but those times are long gone. With its black background, Blackle uses just as much energy to run its search as it would with any other color. So those are not using an old CTR monitor anymore won't save any energy by using Blackle instead of any other search engine.

Founded in: January 2007
Search results powered by: Google
Percentage of donations per search: none
Good cause: none
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

 

DuckDuckGo is currently one of the fastest growing privacy search engines on the market. Search requests and user data are neither being stored, nor passed on to third parties. DuckDuckGo tries to avoid creating a filter bubble by offering unbiased, non-personalized search results. Especially Google has lately been heavily criticized for creating a filter bubble by showing users individualized search results according to their location, financial situation and political preferences extracted from their browsing history, online shopping habits and stored data.

Founded in: September 2008
Search results powered by: own index
Percentage of donations per search: none
Good cause: none
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

 

GoodSearch offers its users to support NGOs and welfare societies with their searches. Like most search engines, GoodSearch makes money from showing ads together with its search results. Like Ecosia and benefind, GoodSearch donates a certain percentage of its revenue to a good cause. Users can choose between 100,000 registered organizations. For online shopping, GoodSearch offers the Goodshop, where, similar to Ecosia with its EcoLinks, users can order goods and have a certain percentage of their payment donated to charity without additional costs on their side.

Founded in: November 2005
Search results powered by: Yahoo!
Percentage of donations per search: 50% of ad revenue/50 % of commission from online shopping
Good cause: various NGOs
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

 

Ixquick was founded in the Netherlands and claims to not store or pass on any user data. Ixquick is a meta search engine, meaning it compares and rates the search results of various search engines. By doing so, the founders of ixquick seek to avoid trapping users in a filter bubble or offering high-ranked but irrelevant results. Ixquick also offers simplified access to expert search.

Founded in: 1998
Search results powered by: various search engines
Percentage of donations per search: none
Good cause: none
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

 

Qwant is relatively new to the search market. The company was founded in France in early 2013, the Axel Springer SE now owns 20 percent of the business. User data is only temporarily stored and cookies are automatically deleted after every session. Other than Google and Yahoo!, Qwant doesn't offer personalized search results. Rather than relying on ad revenue, Qwant concentrates on income from e-commerce and business-to-business venues. Since 2014, Qwant cooperates with TripAdvisor and Firefox. Qwant is the default search engine for all devices with a Mozilla based operating system.

Founded in: February 2013
Search results powered by: own crawler, wikipedia, amazon and social networks for social news and shop feed
Percentage of donations per search: none
Good cause: none
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

 

Startpage is ixquick's user interface for anonymized Google search. Ixquick and startpage claim to offer the most reliable privacy search worldwide. Startpage provides users with results from Google without passing on their IP address or any kind of personal data.

Founded in: 2006
Search results powered by: Google
Percentage of donations per search: none
Good cause: none
CO2 balance: no info on neutralization

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