This Innovative App Plants Trees And Rewards You For Simply Walking
This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s fall editorial intern Jess Newman. Find her on Instagram at @_jess_n_. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at email@example.com.
It’s very easy to fall into the mindset that making a difference is impossible, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas sang to us, “Just a pebble in the water, Can set the sea in motion”. Every little action adds up at the end of the day. What if I told you that you can make the biggest difference just by walking? This is where the app Treecard comes in.
What is Tree Card?
Treecard is an app that not only rewards you for walking with fun prizes but also plants trees on your behalf. The app tracks the number of steps you take and plants a tree for every 10,000 steps you take. Okay, I need you to read that again. All you need to do is download this app, make an account and go for a hot girl walk to help change the world for the better.
How does it work?
I know I was skeptical too at first because this sounds way too good to be true, so let’s talk logistics. When you download the app and make your account, you have the option to attach a credit card to your account. It’s not necessary. Now how does Treecard actually plant all these trees? According to Treecard, “We plant trees with ECOSA. We give a portion of our profits to Ecosia to distribute among their tree planters. Ecosia uses our funding exclusively for trees. They’ve planted 150+ million trees in over 32 countries so far!” Trees are vital for the well-being of every single being on this planet. Planting trees has a trickle-down effect. First and foremost, trees produce oxygen which is what we need to be able to breathe. They also help counteract pollution by taking in carbon dioxide. Trees are nature’s air filters. Trees also provide shelter, food and protection for many birds and mammals. These tidbits barely scratch the surface of all the ways trees help make our lives better and the fact that Treecard makes it so incredibly easy to plant them is mind-blowing.
If planting trees on your behalf isn’t enough to convince you to download Treecard, maybe the bonus eco-friendly rewards will change your mind. As you plant trees, you accumulate points that can be used to buy rewards. For every tree you plant, you earn 50 points. These rewards span from a U.S. National Parks pass to sponsoring an endangered animal or even a $100 off sustainable tech voucher. @bliathor shares a screen recording going through all the different ways you can spend your points in her TikTok. She also explains that you can speed up the process of earning rewards by attaching a credit card to your account. This allows you to plant 7 trees a week instead of 3.
We hear over and over all the time that we should aim for 10,000 steps a day for our physical health and our mental health. I personally know the struggle of hitting 10,000 steps every single day, but I go by the saying “Something is better than nothing”. If I can only go for a 10-minute walk today, I do it because everything adds up and now I have even more incentive to get my steps in. If you’re enjoying taking your hot girl walks and need some more ideas to connect with nature, check out this article. As a zillennial, it’s insane to me how far technology has come.
Are you going to download Treecard? Let’s have a competition in the comments to see who can plant the most trees!