We can all use a little help to be a little more eco-friendly, so here are a list of phone apps you can download to help you manage your life in a eco-friendly way.
Ecosia is a search engine like Google but this search engine plants real life trees! A Certified B Corp (meaning they meet the some of highest standards for a non-profit) you can rest easy that they are helping the planet while researching whatever it is you might need. The more you use it, meaning the more searches you do the more you earn towards a tree being planted. It takes about an average of 45 searches to earn a tree, but just think how many times you google something in a day, easily done! Save the website ecosia.org on your desktop as well for extra use.
Having trouble remembering to water your plants? Or want to learn how to care for your particular plant? Download Planta! Here you can store each of your plants by name, what room they live in and you can even take a picture of it for your plant’s “profile”. The app will remind you to water and how often.
Available on Apple
I make lists for everything, but nothing feels better than crossing things off that list. Save paper and always have you list with you with AnyList. You can create multiple lists, create categories and cross items off the list when you are done. If you wish to upgrade to a paid version you can share lists on the cloud with family members and store recipes.
If you are curious as to your carbon footprint you can check out Oroeco. This app will ask you questions about your lifestyle to help you determine your impact and gives you tips so you can improve your actions. Check it out for yourself.
If you read my junk mail post you will have already heard of PaperKarma. This app allows you to control the amount of junk mail you receive. It is a paid subscription that can save you time and waste.
Forest or Flora
Addicted to your phone? Download Forest or Flora and it will create a tree or a forest when you leave your phone alone. If you touch or use your phone during your allocated focus time, the tree will die. Forest will plant real life trees based off your participation while Flora offers you the chance to attach money to your willpower each time or sign up for a subscription service. Forest does cost to download the app but I have not seen any information that states that they charge you monthly to participate. Having used Flora, know you do need to have a Facebook account to sign up.
Available on Apple
Price: Free (offers a monthly paid service if you wish)
Always have a built in bike map with… Bikemap. Create a profile for yourself, save and plan routes and discover new ones. If you opt for the paid version you can even get access to offline maps.
Recycling is complicated and different in depending on your location. The RecycleCoach app can help you understand what can be recycled in your curbside and what is not accepted.
Now that you know how to recycle properly with RecycleCoach, download RecycleNation for their recycling database. Search the apps database to find locations where you can recycle certain items. They also have sustainable news and stories to browse.
Food waste is awful, so Olio has come up with a solution to help you from wasting. Post food you wish to give away or if you wish to find items you can post a “want” for that too. You can now post non-food items as well. This works with many locations around the world so see if it is available in your area.
GoodGuide or Healthy Living
There are so many options out there when shopping for personal care, household, babies & kid products. The GoodGuide offers a place to look up these products and see how they rate for safety, health and sustainability. Healthy Living offer similar services, created by the Environmental Working Group non-profit looking to keep you healthy and understand what goes into your body, on it and around it. Both are great resources.
Clothing waste takes up more of the landfills than you might think. reGAIN offers the opportunity to trade in your unusable clothes for discounts for new ones with participating brands. Find out what is available in your area and if they support brands you are interested in.