In the world of the 21st Century we’re a community of gadget geeks.
We don’t leave the house without our smart phones, our iPads, tablets, laptops, mp3 players, sat navs and any other electrical equipment you can think of.
We are constantly connected to the internet and with hundreds of thousands of apps available on the market for both Android and Apple there are sure to be a few that could help us take a greener approach to life.
Here are 10 of the most favourite apps to kick start your eco-friendly life:
Even with the bottle banks, recycling centres and the various bins we have in our home it can still be a mass of confusion trying to work out what can and can’t be recycled. iRecycle can stop you getting frustrated and throwing everything in the bin in a fit of rage! It lists over 250 materials that can be recycled as well as providing you with info on how you can recycle these items safely and responsibly.
Eating locally, it’s something we should all try hard to do. Not only is it great for the environment it also provides much needed support for our local farmers. Locavore provides you with info on where you can source locally produced food in your areas as well as keeping you up to date on seasonal veggies.
Brain Café GeoQuiz
This app provides with you with hours of entertainment as well as helping you get clued up on climate change issues from around the world. The app quizzes you on your geographical knowledge; it will test you on everything from capital cities to the world’s natural extremes – teaching you about the planet and what you can do to help.
The best way to conserve energy, protect the environment and reduce your energy bills is to know exactly which of your appliances is the biggest drain on your electricity resource. Green Outlet can do all the hard work for you, you simply have to enter the electricity usage of your home by adding items such as your Xbox, your HDTV and your tumble drier and see how much they’re costing you.
UNEP Carbon Calculator
Ever wondered how much damage you could be doing to the environment when you fly to your holiday destination each year or how much pollution is caused when you drive to the shops instead of walking? This app allows you to find this out – it lets you to calculate how much CO2 is given off when you travel by car, train and plane.
If you’re not as green fingered as you wish you were but dream of owning your own successful vegetable patch then this is the app for you. It has tonnes of information on what can be planted at each stage of the year as well as a heap of tips and advice on how to properly plant and nurture your patch.
Not only is this app fun it also prevents you from getting overwhelmed by the endless list of things you should be doing in order to live a greener lifestyle. EcoDice is a virtual die which will offer you one green task to carry out each day, whether that’s to bike to work instead of taking the car or switching off the appliances in your home.
Light it Right
We all know how infuriating it is to walk around your home turning off all the lights that someone has left on. This could be particularly beneficial in teaching the little ones (and the teenagers) in your home about being greener. The app acts as a points game, you get points for turning lights off but you lose them if you leave lights on in an empty room.
This app is your complete guide to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Its jam-packed with green tips and advice, sustainable projects and invaluable resources.
Keeping an eye on what you buy and what are in the products you’re purchasing is another way to go green. Many products contain ingredients and toxins that are harmful to the environment, this app allows you to scan the barcode of the products and find out how environmentally friendly they really are, helping you to shop greener.
This post was written by Meredith Watts, she decided to go green for 2013. With the help of SolarTech she now has solar panels installed in her home.
- 5 Apps to Help You Save Money by Going Green (community.ally.com)
- 8 apps to help you lead a greener life (Earth Day Roundup) (digitaltrends.com)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: I finally understand (hapamom.com)