Apps That Will Make You Want to Go Green
The green initiative isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it just keeps moving forward. If you haven’t already done so yet, you might as well jump on the bandwagon and start making small changes in your life that will be better for the environment around you. The changes can be simple and easy switches, but you may be stuck for inspiration.
If you’re looking for ways to go green, well, there’s an app for that. These are some of the best “green apps” on the market right now to help you change your life and your environment.
1. Green Genie
Green Genie is the most basic green app out there, but it’s also the most powerful and most informational. It’s like the beginner’s guide for anyone looking to live a greener lifestyle. There are hundreds of green “projects” you can tackle and features a huge community of people willing to share their experiences and ideas for green projects. Projects can even be as simple as learning about why it’s so helpful to bring your own grocery bags to the store, and with a community there for help and support, the ideas really are limitless.
There’s even a “green directory” in this app that lists essential green reading and recommends websites that explain the benefits of going green and easy ways to make the changes. It also features a plastics directory that explains what all of those labels and numbers on recyclable items actually mean and where the items themselves are or are not recyclable.
The app is only $0.99 and packs a ton of useful information, so it’s totally worth the buck. On top of all of the info, it also gives you ideas on how to save money while going green, so the app will end up paying for itself and then some.
Perhaps one of the best ways to go green is to produce less carbon emissions, and one sure fire way to do that is to drive less. Carticipate lets you schedule your trips to and from certain points, and invite your friends or share with others so they can offer to carpool with you.
If you share your trip schedules with friends, it’s easy to coordinate driving plans to eliminate the need for several cars all going to the same place at the same time. Carticipate, though, is also a social community where users can opt to share their schedules with everyone else and hook up with others driving the way they need to be going.
As long as you’re not afraid of strangers, it’s a great app to find other people who are trying to go green and it will help you reduce your carbon footprint (a measure of how much your actions affect the environment and, in particular, climate change). The app is totally free, so it’s easy to start connecting with carpoolers whenever you’re ready to go green!
GoodGuide is an absolute must-have app for the next time you go grocery shopping. It features a bar code scanner that allows you to scan a product while you’re shopping, and it will reveal nutritional and environmental information on the product before you decide to buy it.
It scans products for information involving nutrition, animal welfare, safe and healthy ingredients, energy efficiency, human rights and more, depending on how you customize the app to let it know what’s most important to you.
Once scanned, the app will tell you if the product passes your criteria and give it an overall rating in terms of health and environmental factors. It’s a science-based app that’s available for free, and it’s worth getting if you’re interested in eating healthier, more environmentally-friendly foods on a regular basis.
This is a simple $0.99 app that alerts you with sounds and vibrations when your iPhone is fully charged. Electricity is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and you can help reduce them by unplugging your phone as soon as it’s done charging so as not to waste electricity.
The app can calculate how much talk time and how much standby time you have left on your current charge, and then notifies you when the battery is full once you plug it in. It’s as simple as that. Save energy, save money, save the environment.
iRecycle is an easy to use app that helps you locate recycling centers no matter where you are. This free app lets you choose a category of products that you have to recycle and sorts nearby recycling centers based on the materials you have.
There is also a recycling community that offers advice and more knowledge and recycling centers, making this one perfect for beginner greenies. Taking the small step to start recycling can be a great first leap toward going green.
6. Green Me
Once you’ve started to make some changes in your lifestyle to go green, start keeping track of what you do each day to help out your environment. Green Me encourages you to do at least 5 green things each day and helps you keep track of and manage all of the environmentally-friendly things you do.
It’s only $1.99, and it offers a calendar that allows you to visualize how much you’ve done for your environment in a day, a week or a month. The app rates how “green” you’ve been on each given day by color coding the days on your calendar in different shades of green.
If you’re striving for a greener lifestyle, this app is a perfect way for you to keep track of your progress!