Sunday, June 1, 2008

Save the Rainforest While Killing Time



Those of you familiar with Facebook know of the many plug-ins available. Vampire battles, Super Poke, gift giving, etc. One of my favorite time-waster plug-ins is (Lil) Green Patch.

Basically, (Lil) Green Patch allows users to send and receive plants, care for each other's green patches, and buy decorations for the green patches. This is all fun and cute, but the great thing about (Lil) Green Patch is that for every 10 plants you send to your friends, the sponsors contribute enough funds to save 1 square foot of rainforest.

Every month, (Lil) Green Patch donates revenue (after expenses of course) to funding a portfolio of reforestation projects. The most recent donation was made May 1, 2008 to the Adopt An Acre program of the Nature Conservancy.

With 454,680 daily active users, (Lil) Green Patch has saved over 20 million SF of rainforest thus far. If you have Facebook and some time to kill, it would be a great way to help the planet while doing some business (or social) networking.

6 comments:

Jeffrey Wong said...

But how the heck does it work? If money is used to buy the saved rainforest, where does the money come from?

There is something economically fishy about this app. I can't seem to find out from anywhere how it works.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't it work by using some of the advertising money? That's how all applications work, right? Not that I am not a little suspicious too . . .

Jeffrey Wong said...

That's precisely the problem. I don't see the advertisers. Do you have to add a certain number of plants to see them?

Cathie said...

Yes, someone just sent me two plants, and I googled, to try and find out how they get sponsors, and why would these 'sponsors' just give money w/o ads... it seems weird...

hayley said...

to both posters....there are ads. i see them all the time, netflix etc...credit card offers, phones etc...if you add the application, you'll see the ads...they ride up there above your pics of friends who need "help" with their gardens, right under the amount of rainforest you have personally saved. They want you to click on them and meet the requirements of their offer, and with that you can gain thousands of "dollars" in which to tend to your and other's, gardens. I have not done this, but i am sure many have. You don't have to spend a dime, however if you do, you make a small investment... even if you don't they are still advertising their product....their advtising dollars are going to "lil green patch" ...and therefore, the rainforest. you can google to find out how much they have sent to the nature conservancy this far. I believe fifteen thousand was the number i found at one point, but do not remember when that was dated. there is also a branch now called "lil blue cove" where you can send fish. it is a very successful social network that actually does something for the world. Whereas, many of the time wasters, as they call them, on facebook, do nothing for anyone except waste time. i was also doubtful when i was sent my first plant, but i looked it up on snopes and other sites, and found it to be legit.

Anonymous said...

Advertisers pay money to the app admins to advertise on the app. You see ads under, beside, and around the app. The money the advertisers pay pays for administration fees and the rainforest rescue. It allows thousands of dollars that would just go to advertising to be put to a good cause.

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