Want to do what you love online and support reforestation? For a limited time, every time you interact with Eco tree you'll earn water points that count toward planting trees in Kenya.
How does the Eco tree program work?
Water points are earned by visiting and completing daily tasks on Eco tree. You do not have to be signed into your Microsoft account to participate; however, you can sign in to gain more water points. Water points will be counted once per day for each task, with a daily limit of 2,000 water points. This program is free to join and play.
To participate in Eco tree and earn daily water points:
Go to the Microsoft Edge sidebar and select Eco tree.
Select Start planting trees to start the program and receive a seed to water.
Complete daily tasks, such as search for an environmental topic and check out sustainable items, to earn water points.
When you've reached level 10 and earned 10,000 water points, Microsoft will sponsor a tree to be planted.
Who is responsible for planting the trees?
Microsoft has partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant the trees. They have already planted more than 700 million trees across multiple countries and have partnerships with many big brands. Their holistic approach to ecological reforestation involves partnering with local communities to plant native species while supporting social values. They've received high ratings on Charity Navigator and have participated in several other large tree planting projects. For more details, please visit their website: https://edenprojects.org/ (available in English only).
Why is Microsoft planting trees?
Microsoft cares about the environment and supporting local communities. When trees are planted using scientifically informed methodologies and data, it results in positive environmental impacts such as ecological restoration and carbon sequestration. Supporting reforestation through a partner like Eden Reforestation Projects also provides local communities with new opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.
Where will these trees be planted?
The trees will be planted in Kenya, located on Africa's eastern coast and famous for its diverse wildlife and wide range of forests. In recent decades, these forests have experienced widespread environmental degradation as the result of logging, charcoal burning, and illegal farming. One of the consequences of human activity has been an increase in poverty coupled with severe drought. To combat these developments, the Kenyan government has committed to restoring 10% of its land to forest cover, and our partner Eden Reforestation Projects is working closely with them to accomplish this goal.
How many water points do I have to earn to plant a tree?
You need to earn 10,000 water points to plant a tree.
How long does it take to grow my seed into a tree?
It depends on how often you visit Eco tree and how many daily tasks you complete. If you visit and complete all the tasks on a daily basis, it takes about a month for most users to earn 10,000 water points. Your daily tasks are simple; for example, listen to or search for an environmental article or start paperless work that you can easily do.
Is there a limit to how many trees Microsoft will plant?
As part of this pilot program, Microsoft will plant up to 200,000 trees.
Does it cost me anything to play?
No, it is free to join the program and play.
When will the program be available globally?
The program is currently available in the UK and India. We'll be expanding to more locations soon, so keep checking back!
There is no correlation between Microsoft Edge product usage, the number of water points collected, and the planting of a tree to any environmental benefits.
Any environmental benefits associated with the trees planted as part of this program are not included in Microsoft’s corporate environmental accounting.
Eco tree data will expire if you don't open the Eco tree feature for 18 months.
You can merge the progress of your Eco tree once by signing into your Microsoft account on Microsoft Edge. Once you have signed in, progress for your Eco tree will be saved to your account.