About Treeware

We have partnered with Offset Earth to plant trees & fund the world’s best climate crisis solutions. We chose Offset Earth because they operate transparently with a minimal service fee, which they reinvest to spread the message through social marketing.

Treeware is a new category of software distribution, supporting a sustainable future. We’ve heard of commercial software, open-source, and freeware software. Now we have Treeware.

Many developers want to help make the world a better place. We are all familiar with the traditional methods of constructing elegant hierarchies for maximum code reuse and extensibility. However, we want to encourage making the world a better place in a more tangible way. Plenty of developers have a "buy me a coffee" button on their open-source projects as a way to offer thanks to developers for their hard work, but with more and more developers looking to fight climate action, why not find a way our industry can directly positively impact the environment?

We have seen a big uplift in other methods like Patreon and Github Sponsors to get monetary support for the work you put into open-source projects.

Treeware began when James Mills and Phil Sturgeon were talking about Phil’s work on Protect Earth and his crazy solo European bike-tour fundraiser for Offset Earth. James asked about a new “Buy me a tree” badge on one of Phils GitHub repositories, and in a spin on open-source Postcardware (made famous in the Laravel community by Freek from Spatie) the idea of Treeware was born.

You can find our website at treeware.earth which gives you all the information you need to get started and turn your open-source project into Treeware. We have also created a simple way for you to submit your packages once you have added the Treeware “conditions of use” text. We’re building a collective of packages developed by awesome people in all corners of the world who want to use their skills to have a direct impact on climate action.

If you have an Offset Earth profile you can update the link to redirect to your own profile. This could be a personal account, or a business account if you’re one of the many businesses joining up to offset their workforce. If you cannot afford the Offset Earth subscription, you can simply leave the default link in place to our Treeware profile. We understand that money is tight, but if you can sacrifice one coffee per month, you can quite literally make the world a better place.