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"Green" search engine

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Started: 2009

Owner: Christian Kroll
Constitutes: search engine

Ecosia is a small search engine which draws a lot of its results from Bing.

Lack of subject-specific blocking

As of February 2021, a page from ISGP was the #4 hit on Ecosia for the search term "Dutroux affair".[1]

In 2018 several other search engines such as Yahoo, Bing, Yandex and Gigablast also had the page in their top 10 results. By contrast, neither Google, StartPage nor returned any hits from the ISGP site in the top 100 when the search term was queried for, although all three had indexed the page.


Based in Berlin, Germany, it donates 80% or more of its profits to nonprofit organizations that focus on reforestation and planting trees where they are needed most.[2] It considers itself a social business, is CO2-negative[3] and claims to support full financial transparency[4]

Accepted by Big Tech companies

As of 12 March 2020, Ecosia will be included as a default search engine option for Google Chrome in 47 markets. This addition represents the first time a not-for-profit search engine will appear as a choice to users.[5]

As of 14 December 2020, Apple's Safari web browser added Ecosia as a search engine option in macOS Big Sur 11.1 and iOS/iPadOS 14.3.[6]

On 28 January 2021, Ecosia became an official search engine on the Brave browser as a result of a partnership announced on that date by both companies.[7]

Since the big tech companies accept Ecosia, it can be surmised that the showing of pages with "banned" topics are incidental, and that the company will remove them from the search results at the slightest pressure.