9 Cool Apps for the Environmentally Conscious

Most Americans are concerned about the environment. According to a Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans are worried either a great deal or at least a fair amount about climate change—an all-time high. What’s more, 65 percent blame human activity for these dangerous shifts in the climate.

As Americans become more self-conscious of how we impact our planet, a burgeoning generation of apps have emerged to help. Here are 9 free apps that will help you to become both more aware of and in control of your environmental impact.

UberPool. Looking to carpool to work? Uberpool allows you to split the fare with other commuters heading to a similar location. It ends up being 50 percent cheaper than UberX, so it’s cheaper for your wallet while the ride sharing saves precious fossil fuels. Be on the lookout for similar ride-sharing companies emerging across the country in the near future.

GoodGuide. If you’ve ever wondered how green your favorite products are, you’ll be aware that the ingredients list really isn’t much help. That’s where GoodGuide comes in. Scan a product’s bar code and GoodGuide will give you information about how safe, environmentally responsible and socially responsible it is. This app can help you see through the flashy packaging, green washing and confusing labels to discover the truth behind any given product.

Another great app along a similar vein is Ethical Barcode. By scanning the barcode of a product, this app provides information on the scanned company’s ethical impact. From environmental issues like global warming, ocean welfare, CO2 emissions, deforestation and climate change; to human rights issues like child labor, slavery, sweatshops, LGTB rights and GMO foods; and even animal rights issues like animal testing, animal welfare and habitat loss. Basing its information on reliable third-party sources, this app is a trustworthy companion to your grocery list.

Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide. Created by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, this app will help you to determine whether a product is “orangutan friendly”. Unfortunately, the harvesting of palm oil can be devastating for rainforests and the creatures that inhabit them. So, why try to find sustainable palm oil? Why not ditch palm oil altogether? According to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, palm oil can be a healthier and more productive oil choice than soy or canola, if grown sustainably. Palm oil is also a huge part of the economy in India and Malaysia. However, since rainforests are huge carbon sinks, it is unwise for us to destroy them, both for their inhabitants’ and the planet’s sake. Use this app to help you make the smartest choice when you do find yourself using palm oil.

iRecycle. This insanely popular app helps you find local recycling options for whatever you are trying to recycle, no matter where you are. Whether you are trying to recycle paint, construction material, batteries, old technology, plastics or glass, iRecycle will offer a map to the nearest recycling location within minutes. No need to have that junk closet of broken things anymore—you can find out where to recycle them!

Oroeco. As the self-proclaimed ‘world’s best carbon footprint calculator’, Oroeco can help you make more sustainable choices at home and out on the town. By linking to your bank account and credit card, Oroeco tracks your purchases and uses raw data to determine the social and environmental responsibility of the companies you are supporting—letting you know which are actually green and which are just posers, for instance. As a reward for working together to tackle climate change, Oroeco also gives you the chance to win a Nest smart thermostat every time you invite a friend to download the app.

PaperKarma. We all get junk mail, and we all want it to stop. It’s a waste of our time and a waste of our precious trees. But, canceling junk mail can be sticky business. That’s where PaperKarma comes in. By taking a picture of your unwanted mail through the app, PaperKarma will contact the mailer and remove you from their distribution list. Neither you nor the trees like junk mail, so it’s worth giving this app a try.

Home Composting. A significant amount of the trash we throw out—from food scraps to cardboard—can be composted, but many of us are intimidated and do not know where to start. The Home Composting app shows you how! They offer videos, visual instructions, tips and ticks—absolutely anything you need to start composting at home.

What Tree Is That? Okay, so maybe this won’t help you go greener, but it’s a fun way to learn about the greenest things around—trees. This app will help you identify over 250 U.S. and Canadian trees, making it a fun tool to use on your next nature stroll. The more we educate ourselves about nature, the more likely we will be to protect it.

Do you use any apps that help you to tread more lightly on the planet? Share them below!

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69 comments

ELIZABETH McGowan
.9 months ago

many thanks.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

TYFS

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Good stuff. TYFS

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Nina S.
Nina S1 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago

got a new phone so apps are new and exciting to me

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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago

thankyou

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Iskrica Knežzevic

thank you

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Randy Q.
Past Member 1 years ago

Thanks!

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