The best Opera Extensions 2020 – Add ons for your browser

Opera was developed by Opera Software AS, a well-known company from Norway. You can download this web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. What the majority of the users like the most is that the Opera browser operates extremely fast. No more slow surfing! Also, users like the clean look of it. However, by adding some great extensions, you can make Opera work even better and more efficiently. It will make your browser experience more fun!

Another advantage of Opera is that it was developed with some good built-in features and add-ons, for example ad-blocker. In Opera’s extensions store you can have access to many extra features to personalize your browsing experience. Opera is the most productive browser with an enormous amount of extensions that will improve the browsers’ performance. Opera browser is a lightweight program, which means that it uses few of your systems’ memory.

Depending on your browsing activity, one extension can be more useful than the other. For example, if you are most of the time surfing because of a research or business needs, Evernote Web Clipper is a very good choice. Microsoft Translator may also be a great choice, especially when you are reading articles on websites in various languages. When you are mostly surfing the net for fun, you can install the Emoji Keyboard extension to use Emoji’s instantly.

So, from all the available extensions, which ones are excellent and essential for Opera? Here we will discuss a few, and all of them are free of charges. Because Opera already comes with ad-blockers, we will not discuss this type of extensions in the list.

Your favourite Opera extensions

TreeClicks

What about a free extension that plant trees while you are ordering your favourite products online? TreeClicks is an extension that you install in only one minute and plants trees while you are shopping in more than 10.000 popular online shops. And guess what? The shopping price remains the same, so by installing the extension you can help the environment for free! TreeClicks earns by bringing you in as a customer and the biggest part of the revenue will be used for planting trees. At the moment they are planting trees in India.

If you are a frequent buyer on web shops like Amazon, ASOS, Ikea, and Adidas, you should consider adding the TreeClicks extension to give something back to our planet.

Tree planting helps limit global warming, because trees can actually cool the earth. The best thing would be of course to decrease general consumption in order to save the environment. But this is not always possible, sometimes you really need something from an online shop, not necessarily clothing or accessories. In such cases it may be a great choice to use TreeClicks while you are buying your products online, so the company will be able to plant more trees.

Imagine that each one of us would use TreeClicks, and we would be able to give our precious earth more oxygen, perhaps we would be living on a better place with more life!

Install TreeClicks add-on for Opera >>

TreeClicks Opera Extension / Add On
The TreeClicks Extension / Add On enabled for Opera

Evernote Web Clipper

This extension is ideal for people whose job involves writing, like journalists, (content) writers, and researchers. Evernote Web Clipper helps you organize your webpages by clipping them. Are you that type of person that has endless open browsing tabs and completely loses track of what you are doing? Then this extension may be a great choice! With this extension you cannot only clip web pages, you can also clip highlights and screenshots and keep it all in one place in your account. You save it in a sort of cloud, which means that you can access the information from anywhere and whenever you like: from your phone at home, from your tablet while you’re commuting or from your computer at work. Basically, you can consider this extension as the most modern notepad.

Also, when you see something interesting online, you can share it fast and easy by using this extension. Evernote Web Clipper is a recommended extension for people who often browse the internet.

Besides, you can create reminders for notes that you clipped. The moment you are searching for something that you saved earlier, the extension will suggest your stored clips.

Imagine you are sitting in the train and some excellent ideas come into mind. With Evernote Web Clipper you can store your ideas from your phone in a fast and easy way.    

Install Evernote Web Clipper extension for Opera >>     

Google Translate

What we usually see is that while people are looking for information online, they always have a tab open with a translation website. This is mostly the case if you are working with different languages, or if you need to write articles in a language other than your preferred language.

But cutting and pasting pieces of text in Google Translate online can be a little time-consuming. Therefore, Opera offers the Google Translate extension. This means that you don’t need to go back and forth anymore from your Word document to the browser. To get something translated in another language, you just highlight the text that you need, or translate a whole web page. As you can imagine, this can save you tons of time, especially when your profession is related to writing and/or translation.

Translating texts becomes very handy with the Google Translate extension. After installing the extension, it will detect when a page is not in your main language. The extension will invite you to translate the webpage. If you accept, it will refresh the page with the translated information.

Download Google Translate for the Opera Browser

Lastpass

Lastpass was created to help you log on to your favourite websites without filling in your information. Basically, you create just one password, your Lastpass password, to have access to several websites. The extension will remember your passwords, usernames and other information. The advantage of this extension is that it can sync your data across your phone and computer.

Lastpass is a powerful password manager. After downloading the extension, you have to create an account. Then, you need to create a very strong password. All set? Click on ‘unlock my vault’. The extension is the place where you control the websites that you frequently access.

In Lastpass you can save website information, such as your username and password. When you access this website again, an emblem of Lastpass will appear on the login field. When you click on it, you can select your credential and Lastpass will complete the missing information.

Install Lastpass for Opera

Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang for Gmail is a helpful extension, especially if you would like to know if your email has been read, or if you want to schedule an email for a future date. Write an email now and the extension will send it next week while you are offline and enjoying your holidays. The extension is very useful if you usually communicate with people in different time zones. Also, you can create alerts when you didn’t receive an answer to your email. Furthermore, with the extension it’s possible to schedule birthday emails. The extension will make sure that you won’t forget the birthdays anymore from your dear friends and family members!

The Boomerang extension can help you to keep your inbox clean and organized. For example, you can postpone incoming emails. They will disappear from your inbox, and they will be placed in another folder. Then, the emails will be brought back in your inbox at a specified time.

The basic version of the extension is for free, but if you want to take the extension to a higher level you can opt for the Personal, Pro or Premium versions. A disadvantage of the basic version is that it has a limit of ten message credits per month. In case you are interested in installing one of the paid versions, the cost will be $4.99 per month for the Personal version (including unlimited message credits), $14.99 per month for the Pro version (including smart response and recurring messages), and $49.99 per month for the Premium version (including a ‘boomerang’ of every message).

Install Boomerang for Gmail add on >>

Emoji Keyboard

Do you love using Emoji’s while writing messages? Then this extension might be for you! With the Emoji Keyboard extension you can use your favourite emojis while surfing on the web. Using Emoji’s is a fun way of communicating with your friends, without dealing with a language barrier. You can use Emoji’s on social media, emails, chats and documents. It makes it easier sometimes to express yourself.

This extension makes it possible to use Emoji’s while you are browsing your favourite websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. This works very easy: just click on an Emoji from the panel and it will automatically insert it into the website that you are using.

When you hover on Emoji’s you can see their meanings, and you can also choose the skin tone of the Emoji’s before sending them. A good thing about this extension is that it is completely free and without ads. What may be a problem is that the extension is very big in size, so it may take a while to download. Besides, this can make your browser work a bit slower.

Install Emoji Keyboard Extension for Opera >>

Amazon for Opera Extension

Many people are using Amazon nowadays. Amazon has tons of different products including toys for kids, clothing, sports apparel and gadgets. It has literally everything! With the Amazon for Opera extension you can find out Amazon’s deals of the day and you can compare prices of different products. This will not only save you money, it will also save you some precious time.

The extension comes with a universal wish list, so you can save products from different websites (not only Amazon!). This makes comparing products across websites even more easy.

The extension reacts when you are surfing on other online shops. If Amazon has the product in stock that you are looking at, the extension will give a sign with Amazon’s price of the product. It will make sure that you buy any product for the lowest possible price!

If you are a frequent shopper of Amazon, this is a must-have extension.

Install Amazon for Opera >>

Turn Off the Lights

In case you love to watch videos online and want to do that in your Opera web browser, then this extension can be a very good choice. The Turn Off the Lights extension can be used on several video streaming websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and Dailymotion. You may still ask yourself what this extension does for you. With only one click it will focus on playing the video and fades out the rest of the website.

But the extension can do more than darken your browser. For example, it can allow YouTube videos to be automatically viewed in theatre mode. This means that the videos will fill most part of your screen. Besides, the extension also allows an ambient lighting mode for your browser. When you click on ‘Visual Effects’, you should then select ‘Show you the atmosphere lighting effect of the current playing video’. Besides, you can choose to ‘Extract the colour from the video’.

In case you enjoy the ‘Turn Off the Lights’ idea, the extension gives you the possibility to see any website in a pseudo-night mode. The extension has much more to offer, so if you are curious, find out more by installing the extension.

Install Turn Off the Lights for Opera Extension >>

Summary: the best Opera Browser Add Ons

So, to summarize. In our opinion the best Opera Extensions are:

  1. TreeClicks
  2. Evernote Web Clipper
  3. Google Translate
  4. Lastpass
  5. Boomerang for Gmail
  6. Emoji Keyboard
  7. Amazon for Opera
  8. Turn Off the Lights

Opera Extensions Conclusion

In this article we discussed some well-known and popular Opera extensions. Depending on your browsing activities, some extensions may be more fun or useful than others. But we think that one extension should be used by everyone, and that’s the first one we discussed: TreeClicks. Why not contributing to a better world for free while you are shopping your favourite products? Besides this extension, you may find it useful to install the Google Translate extension, Lastpass or maybe the Emoji keyboard. All these extensions have great features that will take your browsing experience to a whole other level.

BTW, most Opera extensions are also on Chrome.

Best Google Chrome Extensions 2020: 23 Must-Haves

Looking for the best Google Chrome Extensions? Youve come to the right place! So many people nowadays use Google Chrome as their favourite web browser. Easy to understand. It is super fast and powerful. But what makes it even better, is the enormous amount of extensions and add-ons, giving it a huge variety of functions. In this article, you will find the best Google Chrome Extensions for blocking ads, privacy, shopping, causes and sustainability, tab management, and students.

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Causes and Sustainability

1. TreeClicks

Who says shopping is bad for the planet? Well, a lot of people actually. And it is. Just think about all of the carbon dioxide, toxins, and pollution coming from the production, transportation, packaging, and waste production of your stuff. Fortunately, there is an extension that you can use for free to reduce your carbon footprint while you shop! Its called TreeClicks. Whenever you purchase something at their 50.000+ stores (including Amazon), TreeClicks receives an ad fee and with it, trees are planted – absorbing carbon dioxide.

Install TreeClicks for Chrome >>

TreeClicks Screenshot

2. Tab for a Cause

What better way to contribute to a good cause than doing almost nothing?! Tab for a Cause raises money for charity whenever you open a new tab in Google Chrome. Free to use, it receives ad revenue from banner ads in the tabs, that they donate to human rights, environmental, educational, water or health charities.

Install Tab for a Cause Chrome Extension >>

3. Colorblind – Dalton for Chrome

Colour blindness is more common than most people think. Up to 1 in 10 individuals can have some form of colour blindness, which can make it sometimes complicated to perceive a website’s user interface.

The Colorblind- Dalton extension comes to the rescue and can provide tests for the most commonly found types of colour blindness. The extension will automatically adjust the browser’s colour settings according to the test results. With the extension colour-blind persons will be able to see more colours and this will improve user accessibility.

The extension comes with a solution to some of the daily issues experienced by colour-blind people. People who are affected by Tritanopia (blue colour vision deficiency), Deuteranopia (green), and Protanopia (red) could benefit from this extension.

People often believe that if someone suffers from blue-yellow colour blindness, the person only has trouble seeing these colours. However, that is untrue; it’s the whole colour spectrum which is affected.

The extension is free, and the main goal is to help colour-blind people to see the world more colourful.

Install Colorblind – Dalton for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Blocking Ads

Ads and cookies are not only annoying when they pop up on your screen, but they also slow down your online activities and endanger your privacy. Use these top-rated ad-blockers to prevent this from happening. Note that if an extension excessively blocks ads, some websites may not work properly.

4. AdBlock

Advertising and the internet are inextricably connected. Many websites bombard us with banners, text ads and other advertisements (targeted or not). With AdBlock, you can block (almost) everything automatically, so you can enjoy looking at a clear, decluttered webpage. You can choose and update filters, but the extension is basically ready to go.

Install AdBlock for Google Chrome >>

5. AdBlock Plus

This is one of the best-known Google Chrome extensions for blocking ads. You install it within seconds, and it works straight away. What gives AdBlock Plus the Plus, is that there are more blocking options to choose from than with AdBlock. This way, you can configure it to your own liking.

Install AdBlock Plus for Google Chrome >>

6. Ghostery – privacy ad blocker

Ghostery is a free extension that is developed to easily detect and block web trackers that tag your movements across the Internet. Besides, the extension makes it possible to find out more about companies using these tracking systems. Ghostery is the perfect privacy extension. It will stop trackers, block ads, and speed up websites. When removing advertisements, you will be able to completely focus on the information that is useful for you. By blocking trackers, you have the power to control who is watching your movements and collecting your information. Thanks to the extension your data will be anonymized to take a step further in protecting your privacy. Ghostery will even ensure to optimize page performance by (un)blocking trackers. You will immediately notice that pages load quicker. Lastly, Ghostery has several dashboards available for its users so you can access the information that is relevant to you.

Install Ghostery – privacy ad blocker for Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Privacy

Google Chrome isnt exactly the best browser to use if you want to protect your privacy. It remembers your settings and favourite websites on all of your computers. The browser also automatically updates itself in the background. One solution is to switch browsers, but another one is to install an extension.

7. Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger lets you block third party advertisements. The service is super smart: every time the server thinks that an advertiser is about to violate any privacy laws, it blocks that advertiser from retrieving your personal information. 

Install Privacy Badger extension for Google Chrome >>

8. DuckDuckGo

If you want to try a different search engine than Google, you can use DuckDuckGo. This search engine doesnt trace, save or use any information for commercial purposes. The DuckDuckGo extension integrates with Chrome and makes searching easy. Of course, its not as good as Google, but if privacy is your priority, DuckDuckGo is the way to go! 

Install DuckDuckGo extension for Google Chrome >>

9. Unshorten.link

Link shorteners are convenient because they make it easier to manage unhandy URLs. The bad news is that you never know where a shortened link can take you. Are you a frequent user of Twitter, Digg, or other services that expose their users to shortened URLs? If yes, you may be concerned that these links may not lead you to where they are supposed to, and that they will damage your device.

Unshorten.link is an extension that protects your privacy by preventing short link services from tracking your movements on the web. After installing the extension, you will be automatically sent to the link expansion page each time you click on a shortened link. You will get a clear view of where the links are taking you. The extension will also make sure to remove known tracking cookies from the URLs. The extension has a list of more than 300 link shortening services, and they update this list frequently.

Install Unshorten.link extension for Google Chrome >>

10. User-Agent Switcher

With the User-Agent Switcher extension you can easily and quickly swap the user-agent string, to trick your browser’s identity. It’s a useful extension for old websites that require specific browsers. Besides, you can swap between desktop and mobile views of a website.

A user-agent is a text description of your device, that is sent with every web request. Websites can recognize the browser that you are using and show different content accordingly. For example, when you are browsing the web with your iPhone, you will see a special mobile website.

The extension is the easiest way to switch between user-agents in your browser. It makes it easier to browse the net, regardless of which browser you prefer. Once you downloaded the extension it will add a toolbar button so that you can easily toggle between different user agent strings.

Changing user-agent will help you to mimic other browsers, devices, or search engine spiders.

Install User-Agent Switcher for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Shopping 

Do you shop online frequently? Might be a good idea to download these useful extensions, that help save you money and make shopping online even more convenient.

11. Honey

Honey is an extension that finds and tests discount coupon codes all over the UK, Canada and the US. Once added to your browser, you can shop online like you are used to. Then, when checking out, click on the Find Savings button and Honey will try to find and apply a coupon code.

Install Honey extension for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Amazon.com

Talking about shopping, Amazon dominates the online shopping world. If you use Amazon regularly and like to know what deals are on at the moment (who doesnt?!), the following extension will make your life a lot easier.

12. Amazon Lightning Deal Watcher

Amazon Lightening Deals offers a button in the toolbar of the extension, showing the number of current and upcoming deals. Click on the button to see what deals there are. You can view an image of the product, the price, a short description, information about when the deal is about to start and end, and the number of remaining products. Clicking on a product takes you to the designated Amazon page. If you want, you can also receive a notification on your phone when the deal is about to start.

Get the Keepa / Amazon Dealwatcher Extension for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Tab Management

Speaking of tabs, how many tabs do you have open right now? Did you know that it can actually increase your stress levels to leave too many tabs open? Its recommended to have no more than 5 tabs open at the same time. I know, thats easier said than done. Fortunately, you can use this extension to help you out:

13. Save my Tabs

Can’t seem to choose what tabs to close? Just save them for later. Use Save my Tabs to save all of your tabs in one go. It saves all your opened tabs as bookmarks, so you can come back to them any time you want. Tip: Create a separate folder first, so they dont get mixed up with the tabs you want to save next time.

Install Save my Tabs for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Students

Students massively use the internet – and Google Chrome – for research and educational purposes. So, what are the two best Google Chrome Extensions students ought to have?

14. Grammarly

Grammarly is free to use and is a lifesaver for many students. Whenever you type something in Chrome, even in your email, Grammarly automatically checks the grammar and spelling. Errors are underlined in red, so its easy to spot them. Simply hover your mouse on the word, and it will give you several potential corrections.

Install Grammarly Extension for Google Chrome >>

15. Google Dictionary

Browsing the web with Google Chrome can have you run into quite a few unfamiliar words. Dont have the slightest idea of what a word means? Add Google Dictionary to your browser and expand your vocabulary within seconds. Simply click on a word and Google Dictionary shows you the definition in a pop-up window. If youre using a different language (say Dutch), then go to My Language and switch the language from English to your desired language. You can also easily launch a Google search for the word and see how the word is used in different contexts. The extension is free to use.

Install Google Dictionary for Google Chrome >>

16. Cite This For Me: Web Citer

All researchers and students know how difficult it can be sometimes to properly attribute online articles. Cite This For Me is an extension that helps you to create a formatted website citation for the APA (6th edition), Chicago (16th edition), MLA (7th edition), and Harvard citation styles. For many students this may sound like music to their ears. With only one click you can create website citations and easily save or copy them for use in your documents.

All you need to do is visit the page you would like to cite and click on the button to create a correctly formatted citation. Then you can just copy and past the citation into your document, but you can also save it to your online bibliography so you can access it again later.

The extension makes it even possible to add other sources, such as newspapers, books, and journals.

Install Cite This For Me for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions to Increase Productivity

17. CrxMouse Gestures

The CrxMouse Gestures extension will add handy mouse gesture macros to improve web navigation. Besides, it allows you to add mouse shortcuts for opening and closing new tabs, to navigate backwards and forwards in your tab history, and to copy information. The extension will also help to accelerate frequent navigation tasks. On the Settings menu you will find advanced scrolling options in order to control your scrolling speed, directions, smoothness, and more. All gestures are synced across different desktop devices, as long as you are using the same Google account and have the extension installed. CrxMouse is and will always be a free extension that makes it possible to create custom mouse shortcuts for an improved browser experience. Besides, it has no advertisements. Become more productive and effective with CrxMouse!

Install CrxMouse Gestures for Google Chrome >>

18. Any.do

Work smarter, not harder!

Do you need an extension that helps you organizing to-do lists? Any.do makes it possible to sync your tasks and checklists to and from all your devices. With the extension you can create new lists, reminders, add notes, share tasks, and more. You will get your things done better thanks to this extension and you will never lose track of your agenda again. Any.do can also help teams hit their goals and increase productivity. You will have access to your to-do’s, reminders, and calendar on any mobile device, desktop, and web to keep track of your agenda wherever you go.

Make sure to set reminders to avoid forgetting important events. You can create one-time, recurring, and location-based reminders. Even grocery shopping lists can be created with this extension, and you can share them with family and friends. Besides, you can import online recipes and it works with Siri and Alexa as well.

The extension comes with amazing themes and powerful features. If you are a busy bee and love to save time while achieving great things, this extension is for you!

Install Any.do for Google Chrome >>

Best Google Chrome Extensions for Fun

 19. Pablo

Pablo is an extension developed to create artful images that fit every social network. For example, you can add the images to Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. The extension has more than 500.000 images to choose from. It allows for highlighting texts and selection of images that you can then customize the way you want to. You can change typography, font sizes, and formatting. The extension will help you to quickly increase the engagement on your social media posts. It has been found that blog posts with images have 94% more views than blog posts without images. Pablo is totally free, and you don’t need to create an account. Besides, there is no design experience needed; the extension can be used by anyone. You can choose images from the extension or upload your own images. Type a text in the text box and choose your favourite image as background. When you’re ready, you can share the image to any social media that you like or download it to your computer.

Install Pablo for Google Chrome >>

20. Wikiwand

Thanks to Wikiwand, Wikipedia’s content can be optimized for a better reading experience. You will get clean, organized text columns with an integrated side menu including the table of contents, a better media gallery with larger photos, and other great features that make reading easier and quicker. The extension replaces each Wikipedia link with a link to the same article on Wikiwand. You can even personalize colour, font, and layout.

Wikipedia is the greatest curator of knowledge; we are all Wikipedia fans! It helps people worldwide to freely access millions of articles in 288 languages. The only problem with Wikipedia is that it was built a long time ago, and it has not changed much over time. Wikiwand was created to optimize Wikipedia’s fantastic content for a better reading experience. It’s all about providing users a modern and enjoyable interface to the human knowledge.

If you would like to upgrade your Wikipedia experience, Wikiwand is the perfect solution.

Install Wikiwand for Google Chrome >>

21. Stylish

Tired of boring websites? Stylish helps you to customize various websites by applying custom themes, changing the colour scheme, or adjusting fonts. There are themes available for everything, including Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook and even WhatsApp. With the extension you can apply themes from the database to your favourite websites or create your own theme for other users to apply. You can adjust any website according to your personal taste.

Stylish is an amazing platform for developers to test their creative skills, share their knowledge and experience and receive credit for their unique work. You can find tutorials that will help you with installing the extension, and how to create and upload themes to the library.

With Stylish you can also easily disable, edit or delete any of your themes. Create your own beautiful theme and share it with millions of other users!

Install Stylish for Google Chrome >>

22. TinEye Reverse Image Search

Have you ever come across an image online that you wanted to use, but did it have, for example, a low resolution? With TinEye you can find other versions of any image. With only one click you will find where else on the Internet the image has been used. TinEye is the first image search engine to use image identification technology, and not keywords or watermarks.

Once you submit an image to the extension, it will create a unique digital signature for it and then compares this to other images to find matches. The great thing is that TinEye finds exact matches, even if an image is resized, edited, or cropped! The extension adds tens of millions new images to its database on a weekly basis.

You can use the extension by uploading an image or searching by URL, or by dragging and dropping your images to start your search.

Install TinEye Reverse Image Search for Google Chrome >>

23. Screencastify

The Screencastify extension allows you to easily create recordings. The extension also has annotation tools to spotlight your mouse cursor, highlight mouse clicks or draw with a pen. In this way, you can keep your audience focused on what matters. Once you are done recording, it will automatically save to your Google Drive account. You will have a shareable link, or you can decide to upload your video directly to YouTube. You can export your recording as an MP4, animated GIF, or MP3.

If you want to use the free version of Screencastify, your videos will have a maximum duration of 10 minutes. Besides, you can’t create more than 50 videos per month, and all the videos are provided with a watermark. For only $29 per year you can use the extension without limitations, and you will also have access to expanded export options.

Whether you are an experienced or brand-new video creator, Screencastify can be used by anyone. You can choose to capture your webcam only, your whole screen, or just your tab. You can insert your webcam anywhere in your recording and you can use your microphone to narrate. No Internet? No problem, because there is also the possibility to record offline.

Install Screencastify for Google Chrome >>

So to summarize, in our opinion, the best Google Chrome Extensions are:

 

3 Sustainability and Tree Planting related Chrome extensions

Being sustainable is increasing in popularity. Except from eating less meat, flying less, recycling, etc. there’s also ways to browse as sustainable as possible. In this article we’re giving 3 Chrome extensions that make living sustainable easier. Some even plant trees for free!TreeClicks Screenshot - a sustainability Chrome Extension that plants trees for free

1. TreeClicks – Plant Free Trees While Shopping

TreeClicks is a recently launched Chrome & Firefox extension that plants trees for free while shopping. It works simple.

  1. You go to TreeClicks.com
  2. Download the TreeClicks Chrome or Firefox extension
  3. When you shop at one of their more than 50.000 connected stores, trees are planted from the ad fee they receive. You do have to activate the TreeClicks popup that shows up when you visit one of their connected stores.

When shopping a decent amount, it’s easy to help planting already a couple of trees. Since online shopping is a 500 billion dollar business in the United States, if only a tiny percentage of this fee goes into tree planting, TreeClicks could plant billions of trees. Download now.

2. Tab for a cause

Tab for a Cause is a very simple Chrome extension that shows a tab with an advertisement every time you open a new tab. A part of that ad revenue is used for causes. You can select your own causes. If you want a sustainable cause, choose for example a Nature Conservancy related cause.

Like all mentioned extensions in this article, Tab for a Cause is free and can be installed for both Firefox and Chrome.

3. DoneGood – shop more ethical

DoneGood is a simple Chrome Extension that recommends brands that make the world better a place.

It’s an online shopping assistant automatically recommends the best ethical, sustainable brands as you shop on Amazon, Google, or other retail websites. Plus, with exclusive offers and discount codes for 25% off or more, you can easily shop your values while saving money at the same time.

Other handy Chrome Extensions

While this is a short list, there’s many other great Chrome Extensions. Check them out here:

  • Adblock
  • Article about other productivity Chrome Extension
  • Forest: This Chrome extension is also sustainability related. It plants a virtual tree. That one gets destroyed if you browse un-useful websites.
  • Grammarly: Chrome Extension that checks your input on grammar and spell errors.

Or read tips for other Chrome Extensions. What is your favorite Chrome extensions for doing good or supporting the environment?

Waarom de Secrid portemonnee NIET duurzaam is

Vier jaar geleden heb ik een Secrid portemonnee in gebruik genomen. Het is in principe de eerste vier jaar een top product. Wanneer je googlet op: “Secrid duurzaamheid” zie je veel posts die hem als duurzaam aanprijzen. Zoals BNR beschrijft:

Secrid produceert hun slimme portemonnee bij Nederlandse sociale werkplaatsen en gebruiken het leer van lokale leerlooiers.

Dat klinkt fantastisch en sommige shops noemen de portemonnee zelfs 100% recyclebaar en duurzaam.

Eerste tekenen van uitelkaar gaan na ongeveer drie jaar

Helaas, na drie jaar beginnen de naden van de cardprotector en het leer los te laten. Nu, na ruim vier jaar zit hij nog aan een paar naden vast, maar is hij zo goed als kapot:

Secrid kapot

secrid kapot 2

Jammer, maar aangezien Secrid zo een duurzaam bedrijf is, zullen ze hier ongetwijfeld vaker te maken mee krijgen en een passend oplossing hebben.

Tijd om de klantenservice te mailen …

Mailen met de Secrid klantenservice

Secrid geeft aan dat ze een garantietermijn hebben van twee jaar. De termijn wordt met een jaar verlengd als je je wallet registreert. Helaas kunnen ze niks meer doen voor mijn portemonnee:

Wij hanteren een garantietermijn van 2 jaar en sinds 2016 is het mogelijk om een 3e jaar garantie te krijgen door de wallet te registeren. De garantietermijn is dus helaas voorbij en daarom kunnen wij je niet verder helpen.

Zelfs als ik ze aanbied om de reparatiekosten voor eigen rekening te nemen kunnen ze niks doen. Zoals ik ze mail:

Dat snap ik helemaal. Wat zouden de kosten zijn om hem te laten repareren? Ik vind het zonde om hem weg te gooien en volgens mij gaat dat ook jullie eigen duurzaamheidsprincipe tegen?

Daarop reageert de klantenservice van Secrid met:

Helaas is het niet mogelijk om het leer te repareren. Normaalgesproken sturen we een nieuw product als het nog binnen de garantietermijn valt. Je zou het zelf kunnen proberen te naaien, maar ik weet niet of dit echt gaat werken. Ik ben bang dat je toe bent aan een nieuw product.

Dan maar zelf repareren

Het kost je een uur en de nodige frustratie, maar het lukte me inderdaad om de portemonnee zelf te repareren met naald en draad:

Secrid naald en draad Secrid naaien Secrid genaaid en gerepareerd

Een druppeltje lijm langs de naden doet wellicht ook nog wat wonderen.

Verdere tips voor Secrid zelf

Nou heb ik geen zin om zuur te worden en onredelijke uitspraken over Secrid te doen. De wallet is vier jaar meegegaan, niet slecht, maar ik had van zo een hip designbedrijf dat zichzelf als duurzaam profileert toch meer oplossingen verwacht. Ik weet zeker dat veel mensen niet de moeite zouden nemen om de portemonnee te naaien, waardoor deze op de vuilnishoop belandt.

Secrid CEO, mocht je dit lezen, hier heb je wat tips van bedrijven die wel kaas gegeten hebben van duurzaamheid:

  • Mud Jeans – Hier lease je een spijkerbroek voor €5 per maand. Als ie kapot gaat, stuur je hem op en krijg je een gerepareerde of nieuwe. Wellicht een idee voor Secrid om te starten met leasen van portemonnees voor een tientje per jaar?
  • Eastpak – Biedt uit mijn hoofd 30 jaar garantie. Ik heb hier ooit mijn tien jaar oude rugzak naartoe teruggestuurd, omdat de ritssluiting kapot was. Binnen een paar weken kreeg ik weer een werkende tas terug. Eastpak heeft ervoor gezorgd dat de afvalhoop net een stukje kleiner blijft.

P.S. repareren is op eigen risico. Ga er vanuit dat je van Secrid in ieder geval weinig hulp krijgt.