Technology can do great things. Here are 10 apps geared towards those looking to live a more eco-conscious life, something we’ll all about here at Earth911.
GoodGuide lets you ‘shop your values’. In the palm of your hand is access to information on health, environmental, and social performance ratings for over 120,000 food, personal care, and household products — from baby shampoo to bathroom cleaner. Looking for a local spot to purchase a green and fair trade-certified shirt? GoodGuide has you covered. The app even features easy barcode scanning making it easier than ever to retrieve product information and ratings.
Tired of all that junk mail? PaperKarma allows you to snap a photo of the unwanted mail and they take it from there. Once submitted, PaperKarma then contacts the mailer and has you removed from their distribution list.
In case you are not familiar with the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen, they research and report annually on the 12 most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables. From the app description – Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals. Anyone looking for information on organic, healthy eating should give the Dirty Dozen app a try.
This app bills itself as ‘the easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets & farms that sell the products you love.’ Users can discover seasonal recipes and share them socially with their networks. Oh, and its free too.
This app helps you find charging stations everywhere, even internationally. It even helps you find some of the more off beat charging stations including people’s homes. There are many EV enthusiasts that make their home a charging station. Often they leave their cell phone numbers and ask for a call or text to let them know you are coming. Plugshare has other non-residential stations, and this app will surely come in handy if you are traveling far from home.
This app also helps you find charging stations. This gives detailed information about what kind of charging station it is with pictures and other details so you can locate it easily. This app also gives you directions to the charging stations better than the other apps since it has an actual navigation function built-in.
If you have Prius Plug-in, Nissan Leaf, or a Ford Focus EV you need to download this app. The app can communicate with your car to keep you informed about its charge, and track other data like financial and environmental costs. You have to love an app that compares your emissions to conventional vehicles. If you are data geek this is a must have app.
Based on the PBS Kid’s show The Greens, the Light It Right app lets kids interact with different simulated lighting efficiency scenarios – learning the importance of energy conservation along the way. Free.
Similar to Light It Right, Recycling Truck puts kids in the driver’s seat – literally – of recycling truck as it makes its daily rounds. Follow alongside a recycling truck on recycling day as it drives through a neighborhood. Help the driver pick up the recycling cans using the automatic arm. Then go to the Recycling Sorting Center to unload the truck and sort the recycling by either paper, glass, metal or plastic. A real treat for those little garbage truck/recycling truck enthusiasts and a great way to encourage curiosity and interaction for all. Touch the driver and he honks the horn. Touch a cloud as it passes by and it smiles and hums. The neighborhood is interactive. When your child touches people, animals, or objects they make sounds and perform actions. Its like a moving story book!
Still looking for the perfect app? We’d be remiss in not mentioning our very own iRecycle® app which allows users to pinpoint the nearest location to recycle specific items. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. iRecycle can tell you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, get access to vital details for collection points, such as website, phone number, directions, hours of operation and other materials collected. iRecycle only contains recycling information for the USA, and parts of Mexico and Canada.