Plant the seed and we’ll plant a tree

Send our referral link to a pal and – if they sign up – we’ll plant a tree to say thank you. It’s simple, really: more trees means less carbon dioxide, which helps fight climate change.

Since beginning our partnership with Trillion Trees, we’ve planted 85,000 trees. And we’re not stopping there.

It’s easy as one, two, tree:

Step 1

In your app, go to the main menu and choose ‘Refer a Friend’.

Step 2

Tap ‘Share Referral Link’

Step 3

Choose friends and share away.

Once the account is approved, we’ll make a donation to Trillion Trees and they’ll plant a tree. Got a few referrals to your name? Great – you can watch your forest flourish in your app (like a coffee stamp card – but for trees!).

Why planting one tree goes a long way

Forests are one of the best defences against climate change – and planting trees is one of the most effective ways to soak up and store carbon. And by working with local communities, understanding their needs and tending to their land, it also improves lives.

Trillion Trees are a joint venture for forest protection and restoration made up of BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF. And it’s not a random smattering of seeds – they focus on entire landscapes. These experts carefully choose areas where the trees have the best chances of surviving. Working with local communities, they also provide job opportunities, such as building ‘nurseries’ for native plant species.

At Starling, our carbon footprint is measured globally, so this all helps as we head towards becoming a net zero company

“We know that many of our customers care deeply about the environment. Our partnership with Trillion Trees will enable us to make a permanent positive change to the planet which aligns perfectly with our desire to grow sustainably.”

Anne Boden, CEO of Starling

Not sure? This should swing it:

Tech that gets you to your goals

A beautiful, intuitive app stacked with budgeting and saving tools to help you organise your money and hit your goals. All with no fees when you spend overseas, and 24/7 UK-based customer support.

Our values match yours

We campaign against financial stereotypes, democratise financial education, and never choose profit over people and planet. Starling is also the only bank in the UK founded by a woman – ever.

Awards, awards and more awards

For five years running, we’ve reigned as the Best Current Account Provider at the British Bank Awards. Top that off with: Best British Bank, Which? Recommended Provider for Current Accounts, Top UK Startups 2021, Innovator of the Year. We could go on...

Something to note: if you refer someone who already banks with Starling, we won’t be able to plant a tree for you. This scheme applies to new customers only.

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Ready to get planting?

New customer? If you know someone who banks with Starling, ask them to refer you. If not, don’t worry: you can still apply for a Starling account, but we won’t be able to plant a tree for you.

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Existing customer? In the app, go to your account screen and tap ‘Refer a Friend’.

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