Technology is a hugely useful tool to live a more sustainable life. Here, PURE Living Nashville recommends a number of apps that you can use in your daily life…
Downloading an app on your phone can be a simple and effective way to become more sustainable. From finding out where you can recycle your batteries, to understanding how your daily activities are impact the planet’s health, here are ten apps that can help you on your sustainable journey.
This app is designed to help you calculate and understand your daily carbon footprint. For example, by uploading your data and lifestyle, it will track how much electricity you have consumed already (and will do in the future), and will also report on your own personal emissions from your transport and food consumption. The app also informs you how you can offset your carbon emissions.
Are you tired of receiving magazines and junk mail that you never asked for or ordered? PaperKarma is a simple, effective tool to reduce the amount of paper that you receive and that is thrown away in the trash. Within you app, you take a photo of the piece of junk mail, submit it and the app will contact the senders to remove you from their distribution list. This app will make your mail box a lot lighter, and also save the amount of trees cut down for paper!
Good on You
Understanding what clothing brands are ethical, or use sustainable materials, can be really hard. Good on You is a great source that helps you to understand which companies are working to be more sustainable, and how you can further support them.
In the search to be more sustainable, knowledge is power. Think Dirty is an app that encourages transparency between the consumer and manufacturer of beauty products and toiletries. Simply scan the barcode (or enter in the information) of your products, and Think Dirty will list what chemicals are present in them.
There has been a huge rise in the number who people are using reusable water bottles, rather than purchasing a plastic one each time; this is a really positive step forward to combat plastic bottle use. Refill is an app that helps you locate the nearest water station where you can refill your water bottle for free.
My Little Plastic Footprint
Education is key to reducing your carbon footprint. My Little Plastic Footprint provides a number of ‘pledges’ that you can sign up to, including reducing your plastic use or committing to buying natural clothing. For those looking for some direction on their sustainability journey, and don’t know where to start, this is for you.
This app is similar to Oroeco, EcoCRED is a green ‘lifestyle app’ that helps you lower your carbon footprint by helping keep track of the emissions of daily lifestyle choices, such as the food you eat or how much you travel.
This app is a great way to engage with a community of people who are interested in being more sustainable. JouleBug provides a forum where you can share your tips and tricks for living in a more eco-conscious way. It also enables you to connect with friends and family, so you can all post updates.
It is common knowledge that eating less meat is better for the environment. For those who have adopted a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, Happy Cow helps you to locate vegan and vegetarian restaurants and health food stores in your area, which have been reviewed by customers.
Recycling facilities vary from county to county. Although recycling for cardboard or plastic can be well publicized, it is harder to recycle one-time items, such as furniture or batteries. iRecycle utilises Earth911.com’s national database of over 100,000 recycling and proper disposal locations for over 200 products. The app has all the information you need to recycle correctly in your area.