10 Best Green, Eco-Friendly Apps
Earth Day is around the corner on April 22, so this is the time to download a few new green apps. Being ecologically friendly is good for the environment and it makes you more aware of your bad energy habits, not to mention that it can also save money. Try one - or more - of these favorite eco-friendly apps to learn about what it means to have a greener lifestyle and monitor your carbon footprint. Being more eco-friendly is easy, and doing even one small thing can make a difference.
Carma Carpooling by Avego works as a big carpooling network. Browse the app to find a ride going your way, then call or text the driver to make it happen. When you arrive at your destination, you'll pay your share of the gas money and review the ride with the Carma Carpooling community. Save time, meet new people, and save money. Everybody wins.
Find safe, healthy, green and ethical products based on scientific ratings with GoodGuide. Use the barcode scanner on your smartphone and the GoodGuide app when you shop to find out whether products are eco-friendly. There are more than 210,000 rated products in every category from food and baby to kids and household cleaners.
Use iRecycle for whatever you need to recycle. You'll find more than 1.5 million ways to recycle more than 350 materials. Even better, it will tell you the closest recycling facility. It's an easy-to-use app with everything clearly categorized. Now you have no excuse to not recycle properly.
Of course fruit and vegetables are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do you know about the risks of pesticides? Use the Dirty Dozen app to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful contaminated produce. You'll find loads of useful information as the Environmental Working Group highlights the 12 types of produce most likely to be contaminated and the best alternatives to use.
The easiest way to find local, in-season food is the Locavore app. Use Locavore to pinpoint nearby farmers' markets and farms. The app includes seasonal recipes. It's a great way to encourage people to buy local and reduce their carbon footprint.
The Seafood Watch App is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium brings you up-to-date listings of ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. You can find sustainable seafood restaurants in the US and detailed sushi guides. It also includes a list of seafood to avoid and suggested alternatives. The newest version of the app include Project FishMap, where you can add in your own found listings of sustainable seafood restaurants.
Whatever food you love, Love Food Hate Waste says it can help you waste less and save you money. This app targets the UK, but offers advice that can be used worldwide. It aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help everyone take action. It shows that by doing some easy everyday things in the home, everyone can waste less food, which will ultimately benefit your wallet as well as the environment.
The Light Bulb Finder is an app to reduce energy. It makes it easy to switch from conventional light bulbs to energy-saving equivalents with the right fit, style and light quality. Use the app to view bulb images, cost, savings and environmental impact. Create shopping lists, and buy bulbs directly through the app or at local stores.
Use PaperKarma to stop junk mail. Simply take a photo of your unwanted mamil and you're done. The app automatically contacts the company who sent the mail and you will be removed from its distribution list. Who needs snail mail, anyway?
What’s Fresh will help you to eat the freshest foods by allowing you to know exactly which fruits and vegetables are currently in season in your area. This is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint while getting healthier, because the transport of fruits and vegetables not only diminishes the taste and the nutritiousness of food, but the fuel used to transport food causes harm to the environment through the destruction of natural resources as well as through emissions.
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