Do you know how much a tree costs? And did you know you can plant free trees while eating chocolate, searching the web, taking a shower or swinging in a hammock?
No? Then go check out these amazing hacks how to plant trees for free. No cost, no effort, no excuses. (Oh, and: Yes, we’ll also tell you how much a tree costs. You’ll be surprised!)
Planting trees is a good thing. And it’s even better when it’s free! If you choose one of these excellent ways to plant trees for free you don’t even have to plant that tree yourself.
All you have to do is pat yourself on the back for having done a good deed. Then go ahead and share this article with your family and friends, so they can plant free trees as well.
Full Disclosure: As the question sometimes comes up: No, we don’t have any affiliations with any of the below mentioned companies (bar B’n’Tree, of course), and we don’t receive any remuneration for promoting them. We only compiled this list because we all share a common goal: Plant trees for you.
Contents of How To Plant Trees For Free – No Cost, No Effort, No Excuses
- 1 Why You Should Plant Trees In The First Place
- 2 Are Free Trees Really Free?
- 3 How You Can Plant Trees For Free
- 4 How Much Does A Tree Cost?
- 5 Let’s Start Planting Trees!
- 6 B’n’Tree: You Travel, We Tree. For Free.
- 7 Lilo: The Search Engine That Plants Trees For Free
- 8 10Tree: Tree-Planting Clothing Brand
- 9 Madera. Hammocks Need Trees!
- 10 Kushel: These Towels Are Made From Trees – And Plant Trees
- 11 The Nu+Company: Where Eating Chocolate Plants Free Trees
- 12 Refurbed: Plant A Free Tree When Buying Refurbished Electronics
- 13 Tree Tribe: Outdoor Lifestyle Brand That Plants Trees For Free
- 14 Sabaidee: Making You Feel Good. And Planting Free Trees.
- 15 I Love Sushi: Plant Trees For Free While While Savoring Sushi
- 16 The World Needs More Free Trees!
Why You Should Plant Trees In The First Place
Trees are masters of many trades. They combat climate change, turn CO2 into vital O2 and offer habitat and food for exotic wildlife species. In addition, planting trees creates jobs for local communities in need. So yes, you are a hero when planting trees. Good work, you!
Below we have listed a few companies that plant trees for you – at no cost to you. Hence you can plant trees, but you don’t have to do it yourself, nor invest any of your hard-earned cash for paying someone to do it for you.
For further information we have added a few sections on whether free trees are really free, how you can plant free trees and how much a tree costs (including three examples). However, should you be in a rush and would like to get planting right away, click here to scroll down to our first tip.
Are Free Trees Really Free?
Common business wisdom tells you that “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. Yet we are confidently stating that you can plant trees for free – without having to do it yourself. This hence raises the questions whether free trees are really free, or whether there’s a catch.
Let’s be honest here: Yes. And no. No, free trees are not free. Planting and looking after a tree costs money. We will discuss the cost of a tree below.
But yes, they are free. For you. Because others pay for it. This could be because you buy a product from them or use their services. Or interact with them in a way that they find rewardable, such as signing up for their newsletter.
As you have understood by now: Planting trees for free is partly the will of a company to do good for the planet, and partly a marketing strategy. But who doesn’t love marketing strategies that change the world for the better?
How You Can Plant Trees For Free
Despite everything in life coming at a certain cost, here is how you can plant trees for free.
Consider B’n’Tree, for example. We plant trees whenever you place a booking with one of our partners. These partners remunerate us for referring you as a client and pay us a marketing commission. We then invest that commission into planting trees.
If you wouldn’t begin your booking on bedandtree.com, this commission would remain in the pockets of our partners or be spent on Google Ads or TV spots. We opine it is best invested into planting trees. Do you agree?
Other companies plant trees when you buy their products. The concept is similar: They could pocket the extra profits, or they can invest them into making our planet a better place.
In case you agree the latter option is more tempting, then please keep on reading to find out about several companies that plant free trees for you. Please use their services, buy their products, and don’t forget to recommend them to your friends and family – most easily done by simply sharing this article.
In case you know other companies that plant free trees for their clients and users, please join our Facebook discussion about planting trees for free or add a comment below with any company that should make this list. We are always keen to learn about fellow forest reforesters.
How Much Does A Tree Cost?
Since we already stated that free trees aren’t actually free, you may wonder how much a tree costs. And let us tell you – that’s a very good question.
The costs of a tree are determined by various factors. These include the location, land ownership, labor costs, and the caretaking of the tree. It also depends on what kind of tree you are planting and whether you simply put a seed into the ground, pre-grow a sapling in a tree nursery or order a fully-grown tree to be transplanted to your desired location. The bigger the tree, the higher the costs.
Add to that the administrative and operative costs of planting trees and you will understand that answering “How much does a tree cost?” is similarly difficult to answer as “How much does a car cost?”.
To give you some rough ideas on the cost of a tree, here are three examples from Chris, the founder of B’n’Tree:
Costs Of A Tree – Part I: The Backyard Tree
A friend of Chris’ recently transplanted a fully-grown tree to his backyard in Germany. This tree had to be pre-grown in a tree nursery and was then transplanted every two years for 24 years to remain ‘transplantable’. It was solely grown for the purpose of one day being transplanted into someone’s backyard, so this person can sit under its shade. Costs for this tree: 25,000 EUR.
Costs Of A Tree – Part II: The City Tree
During his research of suitable and trustworthy tree-planting partners, Chris got in touch with various city councils in Germany to discuss potential cooperations. As a German company one should plant trees in Germany, he thought. It could be good for marketing.
The results were surprising: Planting one tree in Cologne costs 1,200 euros. Planting a tree in Frankfurt costs 2,000 euros, and Nuremberg even charges 5,000 euros to plant and look after one single tree.
The reasons are understandable: Inner-city property in Germany is expensive. In addition, city trees are planted several meters apart and need a lot of caretaking and guarding to survive the first years (think dogs or drunk people). Lastly, one should note that labor costs in Germany are significantly higher than in most other countries.
Needless to say: Chris changed his marketing plans.
Costs Of A Tree – Part III: Planting Trees En Masse
Since neither of the above is a feasible solution for B’n’Tree, we chose option three: Planting trees en masse in countries with lower labor costs. These often are countries in tropical regions, and has several advantages:
Firstly, jobs are usually needed more dearly in these countries.
Secondly, since many of these countries happen to be in or near the tropics, trees grow a lot faster than in more temperate climate zones, absorbing CO2 a lot faster than they would elsewhere.
Thirdly, unfortunately these often are countries with high deforestation rates, where reforestation efforts are most urgently needed.
Fourthly, the biodiversity in the tropics is higher than outside the tropics, and trees are desperately needed for these plants and animals to survive.
And lastly: The costs per tree are significantly lower, due to lower costs for labor, land, administration etc. One tree can be planted at between 5-20 EUR per tree. And yes, that already includes the costs for land and caretaking for at least three years.
Note: Planting trees en masse doesn’t mean creating huge monoculture plantations. Especially when planting on a grand scale it is important to plant various types of trees that can support and protect each other. All our tree-planting partners are putting high emphasis on a well-balanced variety of different tree species when planting.
Let’s Start Planting Trees!
What are you waiting for? Let’s get planting!
Since we promised you can plant trees without much effort, you can pay others to plant trees for you. They are the perfect gift, whether for birthdays, weddings, Christmas or any other occasion that requires a thoughtful, long-lasting and meaningful gift.
Head over to Click A Tree and order a tree (or five) – you can do it from the comfort of your screen. And you can do it right now.
In addition, since we also promised you various ways to have other people pay for your trees, read on to find out which companies plant free trees for you.
By now you know: When we say we have found ways to plant trees for free, these trees are not actually free. However, since the costs for planting the tree are born by someone else, they are free for you.
So, let’s get planting: Here are the best ways how to plant trees for free.
B’n’Tree: You Travel, We Tree. For Free.
B’n’Tree is the travel platform that plants trees. In cooperation with the world’s largest online booking platforms, such as Booking, HRS, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, Expedia and others, we reforest the planet – for free. For every booking that originates on bedandtree.com, we plant a tree – without any charge to the user.
B’n’Tree is the most efficient and easiest way to plant trees for free. Humans love to travel. And B’n’Tree makes every journey a little more sustainable at no cost to the traveler.
Save bedandtree.com in your bookmarks, so planting a free tree while booking your travel arrangements literally takes one extra click only: Click on B’n’Tree in your bookmarks, click on the logo of your preferred online travel platform, and place your booking as you always would. That’s it.
To use B’n’Tree on your smartphone, learn here how to use B’n’Tree like an app. You’ll plant trees for free with one tap of your finger.
B’n’Tree can plant trees for free because it receives marketing remuneration from its partners for referring you as a client to them. This marketing money would otherwise go into TV ads, posters and banners or Google Ads – or remain in the corporations’ pockets. You must admit it is much better invested into trees, right?
Partner Booking.com alone reserves more than 1.5 million room nights – per day! If every user invested one single mouse click extra to begin their booking on bedandtree.com, climate change issues would soon be a problem of the past.
To increase your impact, share the concept with your family, friends and co-workers. Feel free to copy and paste the B’n’Tree introduction email for this.
Special Tip: If you’re not planning on going anywhere at the moment, sign up for the B’n’Tree newsletter to plant a free tree right now.
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Lilo: The Search Engine That Plants Trees For Free
Lilo is another fantastic option to plant trees for free. The clue: Lilo invests half of their ad-generated profits into planting trees. You don’t have to do anything at all. (Checking out the sponsored ads in the search results at times might help, though.)
If you are an internet user and use search engines at times, make sure this search engine is Lilo. Lilo is free to use and offers an excellent app for smartphones.
For every internet search you conduct with Lilo, you receive one water drop. You can accumulate these water drops and decide which organization you’d like to donate them to. We highly recommend the tree-planting companies, but we have given to animal welfare organizations as well. In addition to planting trees for free you can also help children, empower women or fund animal shelters.
Since the value per water drop is hard to define (it depends on the ad revenue they generate), Lilo states that on average a user generates about 15 EUR donation money per year. Doesn’t sound like much, but imagine a million people use Lilo… or 10 million.
Currently, Google processes about 40,000 search queries – per second. Imagine all these people knew about Lilo… we’d need a few more planets to plant all those free trees.
To maximize your impact, convince your company, campus and any other internet user to make Lilo their default search engine as well. Every computer should run Lilo. It’s the (eco-) logical thing to do.
In case that’s still not enough for you, check out Lilo Mail. It’s email as you know it, but it respects your privacy and helps do good. (Note: At time of writing Lilo Mail is only available in French.)
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10Tree: Tree-Planting Clothing Brand
10Tree plants free trees whenever you purchase any of the cool clothing items in their online store. Yes, you do need to pay for the purchases, but the trees that are planted by 10Tree come without cost for you.
And 10Tree lives up to its name here: They not just plant one or two, but always ten trees for every product you buy! So go ahead and start your Free-Tree-Shopping-Spree!
Answers.com states there are two billion t-shirts sold every year. This number might be even higher, but if we planted 10 trees for each of those t-shirts, we had 20 billion free trees planted per year. That’s enough to offset the current global deforestation rate of 15 billion trees per year.
Thanks to 10Tree’s advanced IT you can even track the trees that you have planted and see how they are making a real-world difference. Feel-good shopping at its best.
For visual #nextoutfitinspiration, check out the 10Tree Instagram profile.
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Madera. Hammocks Need Trees!
Madera is a US brand selling outdoor gear of all kinds. The biggest part of their portfolio are hammocks. And since you need two trees to hang up your hammock, Madera plants these trees for you. Every hammock purchase plants two trees – for free, of course.
They made a really cool 58-second-video, which says it all.
In addition to planting two free trees for every sold hammock, Madera also has a few products that plant even more trees, like this 10-tree-ring. Guess how many trees will be planted when you buy one?
If you love the outdoors, you will love Madera.
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Kushel: These Towels Are Made From Trees – And Plant Trees
Kushel is a German company mixing cotton with reforested beech wood to produce towels. For every sold towel they plant two trees – for free.
Making towels with wood instead of pure cotton lowers the environmental impact of the production. At the same time, thirsty beech wood fibers increase the towel’s water absorbency as well as the longetivity of its soft touch.
However, Kushel’s eco-friendliness doesn’t end here. The company offsets all its carbon emissions and creates fresh blue water to compensate their entire production. They are certified as both climate neutral and groundwater neutral by the German Klimapatenschaft GmbH. Their worldwide shipping is carbon neutral. And, on top of that, they plant two free trees for every towel sold.
When you buy a Kushel towel, you are factually buying a carbon-negative product. So you not just dry yourself with an awesome towel, you also bath in the glorious feeling of having done something great for the planet. How cool is that?
Don’t hesitate. Get yourself and your family a cozy Kushel towel. In no time you’ll be a #treefluencer.
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The Nu+Company: Where Eating Chocolate Plants Free Trees
The Nu+Company is reinventing chocolate on many different levels. Yes, they do plant a free tree for every chocolate bar you buy. But there’s more: Nucao chocolate bars are wrapped in plastic-free packaging. Simply throw the biodegradable cellulose wrap in the compost after enjoying your bar.
On top of the outer value, the inner values convince as well. Nucao bars are made of nothing but eight organic ingredients. Unsurprisingly, all these ingredients are directly and fairly traded, preventing child and slave labor. Agreements and audits with Peruvian cocoa farmers ensure sustainable farming practices.
Processed sugars are substituted with coconut nectar, avoiding sugar highs as well as the subsequent lows. So nucao chocolate bars are not just great for the environment, but also great for you.
Nucao chocolate is already super popular and widely available throughout Europe. Should you live outside the reach of the tree-planting chocolate empire, reach out to them to request delivery to your place. Or convince your favorite chocolate dealer to plant a tree for you next time you stock up on supply.
Oh, and: The nu+company is selling protein shake powder as well. Same deal: Purely plant-based, plastic-free packaging, and one free tree planted for every product sold. Feeling good never felt so good!
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Refurbed: Plant A Free Tree When Buying Refurbished Electronics
Refurbed sells smartphones, laptops, tablets and screens. For every sold product they plant a tree – for free. Great prices, free shipping and a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy make shopping at refurbed a worry-free experience.
Items sold are either display items bought in bulk or used devices that have been fully refurbished. This helps reduce electronic waste and CO2 emissions. In addition, refurbed reforests the planet.
Fear not: Should anything not work as advertised, you can return the product within 30 days free of charge. On top of that, refurbed offers a minimum one-year warranty on all products.
Next time you’re looking for a new smartphone, tablet or laptop, think of refurbed – and plant a free tree with your purchase.
Note: Refurbed currently operates in Germany, Austria, Italy and Poland. Should you not live in either of these countries, use Lilo to find similar local initiatives. Or contact your preferred retailer and encourage them to start planting free trees as well.
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Tree Tribe: Outdoor Lifestyle Brand That Plants Trees For Free
Tree Tribe is a community driven outdoor lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees with every sale. As with 10Tree, you do have to pay the items you buy, but, again, the trees are planted without any additional cost to you.
Besides clothing, Tree Tribe offers extremely cool sunglasses made of wood and bamboo, eye-catching wallets made of ‘leaf leather’ as well as beautiful eco-friendly stainless-steel water bottles that come with a lifetime warranty.
Besides their products you will find some stunning landscapes and outdoor shots on the Tree Tribe Instagram. Amazing inspiration for all nature-loving travelers.
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Sabaidee: Making You Feel Good. And Planting Free Trees.
“Sabaidee” is the typical Thai answer when asking “Sabai dee mai khap?” – How are you? I’m fine, thanks.
Sabaidee is on a mission to help one million people live a healthier and happier life by providing the highest quality all-natural hemp extracts – and plant one million trees in the process.
Their approach to success is delivering cannabidiol (CBD) products that help relax and feel good. No, you won’t get high from these, and yes, they are completely legal.
Not convinced? Take a look at their outstanding reviews.
Every product sold plants one tree – free for you, of course!
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I Love Sushi: Plant Trees For Free While While Savoring Sushi
As the name says, the team at I Love Sushi loves sushi. And that’s why they’re really good at making it.
What’s more, they also love trees. That’s why they’re planting trees for all customers ordering the specially created “Tree Rolls”. It’s an incredibly delicious vegetarian sushi treat.
The beauty: Because it’s so delicious, you will want more, hence you will plant more trees in the process. And all that without paying a single Cent extra! How cool is that?
Read more about the cooperation between I Love Sushi and B’n’Tree. Alternatively, head straight to their website. Or, even better, ditch the phone and get going. There’s sensationally delicious sushi to be had! What are you waiting for?
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