Reduce, reuse, recycle – all from your smartphone! In today’s digital world, a green app could be the first step in turning your good intentions into eco-friendly actions.
- APP 1: JouleBug
- APP 2: NoWaste
- APP 3: Too Good To Go
- APP 4: Olio
- APP 5: HappyCow
- APP 6: FarmDrop
- APP 7: Good On You
- APP 8: Ecosia
- APP 9: Air Quality
Many of us want to make changes to our lifestyle to reduce the impact we have on the environment. But it can be daunting to know where to start! Thanks to our smartphones, we can access all the information we need to make a green lifestyle just that little bit easier.
Read on for our top nine green apps of 2020 that can help you take small steps towards a better environment.
With JouleBug, you can “make your everyday habits more sustainable, at home, work, and play”. It’s a good app for anyone who wants to start forming green habits and needs a little push.
The app gives you green ‘actions’ related to waste, energy, transport and water. Remembered to bring a reusable bag? That’s 10 points. Switched off the lights? Five points. You’re given useful tips and videos to encourage you and for every action, you’re awarded points on the impact it has on the environment and your wallet.
NoWaste – free for iOS
NoWaste is a food inventory app where you can ”easily track, organise and manage” the food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry.
With a barcode scanner, expiry reminders, a meal-planning feature and shopping-list, you can reduce waste, unnecessary purchases and save money. You even get your own profile to track your monthly food and waste savingshttps://player.vimeo.com/video/239788839
With Too Good To Go, you can “save delicious food and fight food waste” at the same time. So far, users have saved over 804,848 meals, equal to 2,043,076 Kg of CO2!
The app helps restaurants, cafes, and small businesses reduce their food waste by selling their leftover food at the end of the day. All you have to do is get the app, use the map to find the food you want (meals are £2-£4), pay and pick up. It means less food waste for the business and a cheap tasty meal for you!
Eateries signed up with the app include Yo! Sushi, Paul, Patisserie Valerie, Chop’d and Greene King.https://www.youtube.com/embed/G6xCcWASKcA
Olio encourages homes and businesses to share food with their neighbours that they would have otherwise thrown out.
To share unwanted food, snap a photo on the app, add a quick description like the use-by date and location. Users then browse the listings, request what they’d like and arrange pick-up over private messages.
Most food items are for free, with the idea that you can offer it to your local community, rather than sending it to landfill. Great when you have a full fridge before going on holiday!
HappyCow helps you find vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and plant-based restaurants and cafes. If you don’t mind the one-off price of £3.99, it can be especially useful to new vegans and veggies. By giving peace of mind that you won’t go starving when you’re out in new places!
You can search over 100,000 vegan and veggie restaurants by location or keyword in more than 195 countries. You can also see reviews, photos, opening hours and directions for each restaurant, so you can make the best choice.
Farmdrop is a “new, ethical online supermarket”, connecting customers with local farmers. Offering everything from organic fruit and veg to free-from produce and eco-friendly household items.
All you do is shop on the app, food is then freshly picked by the farmer and leaves the hub the same day. They deliver directly to your table (via electric vans) and they’ll even take away any packaging to be reused! FarmDrop works hard for a sustainable food system. They try to source within 150 miles of their London hub where possible. All their meat is 100% free-range with the “highest possible animal welfare standards” and they even pay their farmers 70% of the retail price.
Sadly, they currently only deliver to central London, but they’re looking to expand outside of the M25 soon.
Get “trusted ethical ratings in the palm of your hand” and make shopping better for the planet.
The app rates over 2,200 brands, from popular high street stores like M&S, Zara and Oasis to smaller eco-brands like GRAMMAR, People Tree and We’ar. They score brands by their impact on “people, animals and the planet”. Labelling them as “we avoid”, “not good enough”, “it’s a start” and ”great”. If a brand has a “we avoid” rating, they’ll suggest similar brands with better ethical standards.
The app also includes advice, guides, and articles on ethical and sustainable fashion.
Instead of opening Google to search the internet, use the Ecosia app instead. Ecosia is a search engine that uses profits from internet searches to plant trees in places that need them most.
So far, they’ve planted over 64 million trees in 15 different countries. With around seven million active users, a tree is planted nearly every second. Even their office is powered by 100% renewable energy from their own solar plant!
They also guide users to greener search results to “empower our users to do good”. When a website has shown eco-friendly practices, or supply sustainable goods, a green leaf icon shows next to the website.
This app doesn’t specifically help with living an eco-friendly lifestyle. But it does give you real-time information on pollution levels and forecasts in your area. That’s useful if you’re affected by poor air quality due to health conditions like asthma.
Plume gives you hour-by-hour breakdowns of all major pollutants such as particulate matter (PM), ozone and nitrogen dioxide. You’ll even receive alerts when levels change and activity recommendations to stay healthy throughout the day!