Skip to main content

Combat travel-induced climate guilt with an app that plants trees

Flying produces the most greenhouse gases out of any form of travel, but a travel app wants to reduce your carbon footprint if you must get in a plane with a carbon calculator and by pledging to plant trees.

App in the Air is a travel app for frequent flyers, but the company wants to help ease the conscious of those frequent flyers who worry about the environmental impact. The app partnered with the nonprofit One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every flight that’s booked through the app. 

So far, 10,000 trees have been planted since this new feature rolled out in December. Whether or not people choose to plant a tree when they book through the app, App in the Air will plant a tree regardless. 

“Even eco-conscious people need to travel sometimes! It’s great to know that App in the Air makes it simple for travelers to plant a tree and have a positive environmental impact for nature, people and biodiversity,” Diana Chaplin, Canopy Director of One Tree Planted, said in a press release. 

Aside from planting trees for flights booked, App in the Air has integrated a carbon-offsetting widget within the app, which can give travelers an estimate on how their traveling can affect their carbon footprint based on a “carbon calculator.” Travelers that offset their carbon footprint the most receive a Carbon Neutral Traveler badge. 

“This is most definitely not about flight shaming but as frequent flyers, our community of course recognizes the environmental impact of aviation; so, we’re creating accessible tools to help flyers address long-term carbon reduction,” Bayram Annakov, AITA CEO and founder, said in a statement. 

Lilium
Lilium Aviation

Simple ways that you can offset your carbon footprint when flying include choosing a direct flight over a connecting one, flying in a newer aircraft, flying during the day, and even by sitting in the economy class. 

In a time when climate change is at the forefront of many of our conversations, people are becoming more conscious of how everyday decisions will affect the health of our plant. 

If you shop more than you fly, you could use the free TreeClicks Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox plugin to make your purchases count. For every purchase made through one of TreeClicks’ 50,000 store partnerships, the company will plant a tree.

There are other ways you can off-set your carbon footprint as well, like merely switching up your search engine. Ecosia.org plants about one tree for every 40 to 50 searches on average. 

Editors' Recommendations

Allison Matyus
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Allison Matyus is a general news reporter at Digital Trends. She covers any and all tech news, including issues around social…
Microsoft just discovered the next big evolution in displays
Resident Evil 4 running on the LG UltraGear 45 gaming monitor.

Microsoft is working on a new patent that aims to bring unprecedented levels of control to displays. The new tech, dubbed Pixel Luminesce for Digital Display, allows you to micromanage every single pixel of your display, adjusting the brightness as needed. If and when this makes it out of the development stage, it could end up being huge for all sorts of use cases, and could bring major improvements to some of the best gaming monitors.

The patent application describing the tech, first shared by Windows Report, describes the new technology as something that would enable selective dimming. With Microsoft's new tech, you could decide that one part of the display stays brighter while the rest of it remains unaffected, and this would happen dynamically.

Read more
SWAT team’s Spot robot shot multiple times during standoff
Spot, a robot dog.

A Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot deployed by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) was shot during a standoff in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

It’s believed to be the first time that the robot helper has taken a bullet during active duty, and it highlights how the machine can help keep law enforcement out of harm’s way during challenging situations.

Read more
Microsoft Edge is slowly becoming the go-to browser for PC gamers
microsoft edge chromium to roll out automatically soon chrome

Microsoft Edge is already jam-packed with features that other web browsers don't have, but a new one might well help your PC run faster while gaming. The default Windows web browser now has the option to limit the amount of RAM it uses, helping you prioritize RAM access to other applications or games. The feature is currently being tested in the Canary version of Microsoft Edge and could roll out to everyone if Microsoft deems it useful enough and gets quality feedback.

Spotted by X (formerly Twitter) user Leopeva64, the setting for this new feature is buried in the System and Performance section of the latest Canary version of Microsoft Edge. It is being rolled out gradually, so not everyone has it yet, but it gives two options for controlling your PC resources.

Read more