As we all know by now, there’s an app for (nearly) everything these days. But the sheer number available can make it hard to find those that are useful and relevant to you. If you’re interested in green living, the green apps listed below are worth checking out.
- Locavore (free, Android and iPhone)
Locavore makes it easy to find and prepare seasonal, locally-grown food. Based on your GPS location, Locavore will let you know what produce is in-season, suggest nearby farmer’s markets and farms where you can purchase it, and even give you recipe ideas.
- Good Guide (free, Android and iPhone)
Good Guide is a database of over 120,000 household, personal care, and food items. Simply scan a product’s barcode with your phone and you’ll be provided with detailed info and user ratings. Good Guide can also recommend products based on the eco-living issues that are most important to you.
- iRecycle (free, Android and iPhone)
iRecycle allows you to search recycling locations for nearly 300 materials based on your current location or a given address. Input what you’re seeking to recycle, and iRecycle will give you the name, address, phone number, and operating hours of the closest place to do so.
- Mailstop Mobile (free for basic version, Android and iPhone)
If you’re not already using it, you need to sign up for Catalog Choice, a free service that allows you to significantly reduce the amount of junk (snail) mail that you receive. Their Mailstop Mobile makes the process even easier by allowing you to simply snap a picture of any unwanted mail and submit it through your Catalog Choice account – they’ll take care of the rest. The first five submissions are free – after that you can purchase reasonably-priced packs of 5, 20, or 50.
- Green Shine ($2.99, iPhone)
Green Shine provides recipes for over 130 household cleaning products using common, Eco-friendly ingredients such as vinegar, salt, and baking soda. The solutions are organized by category so you can easily find the perfect concoction for cleaning the tub, removing a stain, or washing the windows.
- TreeHugger (free, Windows)
If you like to stay up-to-date on green living trends, you’ll love the TreeHugger app. You can use it to read the latest eco-living news and helpful tidbits within several categories including Business, Climate Change, Energy, Green Gadgets, Green Food, and Green Jobs.
- Dirty Dozen (free, Android & iPhone)
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) created this app, which gives instant you access to the “dirty dozen” – the notorious list of the produce items with the highest pesticide levels as well as the “clean 15” - those with the lowest levels. You can also download these lists in PDF form on the EWG’s website.
It’s certainly not necessary to download a bunch of cell phone apps to live an eco-friendly life. There are many ways “go green” without the use of technology – but no doubt, apps like these can make things just a bit easier.