It’s definitely about time I wrote the long planned blog on Ecologi*. It’s been six months since I “relaunched” the blog and plain old inertia has stopped me from actually writing it.
I was prompted by this post on Monzo’s community to take another look at Ecologi and why I use them.
What is Ecologi?
Ecologi (previously known as offset.earth) is a simply way to offset your carbon emissions *and* help rewild/replant the planet. The aim is to make your carbon footprint positive without having to put too much effort in. You simply choose one of their subscription packages, input your card deals and away you go.
Your money then gets invested in two ways: tree planting and carbon reducing schemes.
Ecologi work with The Eden Reforestation Project to plant trees around the world. At the moment Ecologi are focusing their efforts on replacing the mangroves in Madagascar. These trees don’t count towards your carbon reduction, so the benefits of these are a bonus. This is particularly important because it takes a long time for most reforestation projects to make a climate positive impact and therefore you aren’t lured in a false sense of security about your impact on the planet.
Carbon Reduction Schemes
These schemes and projects are where your money really makes a difference. Each month Ecologi invest your subscription in a variety of carbon reduction schemes across the world. These tend to focus on the developing world, such as Geothermal Power in Indonesia, Hydropower in Uganda and Forest Protection in Zimbabwe.
They’re also totally transparent about how their money is spent and on which schemes. You can see all the investments, including the receipts on their Ecologi Public Impact and Operations Ledger. Equivalent data exits for their Tree Planting Projects.
In short, the best thing about Ecologi is how simple it is to use. You can signup* in just a few clicks. Then everything happens in the background; with a monthly email explaining where you money has been invested and a handy dashboard which shows how many trees you’ve got in your forest and what impact your subscription has had on your carbon footprint.
They’ve also introduced UK tree planting scheme. For an optional extra payment you can choose to plant at least one UK tree each month. These are more expensive than the tree planting schemes abroad, but they make a difference to our immediate environment. The feel good factor is an important one here, because it helps the motivation!
Personally I felt guilty about the impact our lifestyle was having on the planet. We’ve started being more environmentally friendly around the house switching to more eco products such as smol but there are some things that we either can’t change (such as commuting to work) or stubbornly don’t want to, like our foreign holidays. It also feels like the responsible thing to do.
There’s a lot of research out there about the pros and cons of carbon-offsetting, so it’s best to check out the guide on ethicalconsumer for a detailed overview.
Let me know what you think in the comments in the section, and share any eco friendly tips you’ve got!