10 Apps That Will Help You on Your Zero Waste Journey

Going zero waste can be an absolutely mind-boggling process. Trust me, I’ve done it! Figuring out what you can recycle, where you can shop, what you can buy — it’s an entirely new way of living. 

Fortunately, there are a lot of creative minds out there who have created apps that help make living a sustainable lifestyle a whole lot easier. That’s backup, right at your fingertips! Here are 10 of my favorite zero waste apps, for everyone from the zero waste newbie to the sustainability expert.

tap app

1. Tap

Carrying a reusable water bottle with you is a great way to reduce how many cups you’re throwing away while out and about. But what happens when your drink runs out? Tap maps every location near you that will allow you to fill your bottle up for free. This helps stop millions of plastic bottles from ending up in our oceans and landfills. Remember: every refill counts!

Download Tap | Free

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2. Flora

One of the best things you can do to build a healthy relationship with the planet is to spend time out in it! Flora, a lovely little “focus keeper” app helps you put down the phone and be productive. Time not spent scrolling your Instagram feed could be used to tend to vegetables in a backyard garden or go for a long walk. That’s better for everyone!

Download Flora | Free

paper karma app

3. PaperKarma

Ohhhh, don’t even get me started on junk mail. It’s the worst, isn’t it? Bottle up all that irritation and channel it toward the senders through PaperKarma, the app that helps you stop junk mail within 1-3 cycles. Let’s save some trees!

Download PaperKarma | Free

hoopla app

4. Hoopla

This has my little non-consumer heart soaring! Hoopla allows you to borrow up to ten digital movies, music, audiobooks and eBooks from its library of millions of digital items each month. Cool, right? Download an audiobook to listen offline along your commute (by public transportation, I hope!) or grab a novel for your vacay.

Download Hoopla | Free

thred up app

5. ThredUP

Got old clothes crowding your closet? Don’t send them to the thrift store just yet; try reselling them online instead. ThredUP allows you to earn cash or store credit for items you’re no longer wearing. Anything they think won’t sell will be either donated or responsibly recycled. What a great way to keep textiles out of the landfill and refresh your closet at the same time.

Download thredUP | Free

done good app

6. DoneGood

Struggling to know whether what you’re buying reflects your values? DoneGood, while still in its early stages, allows you to shop by value, from eco-friendly to cruelty-free, fair trade, and on and on. Whatever you need in the sustainable market, DoneGood has it — and lots of discount codes too!

Download DoneGood | Free

irecycle app

7. iRecycle

While the goal with zero waste is to eliminate the need for recycling altogether, we just aren’t there yet. And recycling can be complicated. What do you do with old lightbulbs? Foil? Electronics? iRecycle will show you locations near you that can recycle items of all types. It’s super handy!

Download iRecycle | Free

bulk locator app

8. BULK

Avoid unnecessary, wasteful packaging with this web-based app that locates bulk stores near you in the United States or in Canada. You can add new locations, rate your favorite (or least favorite) stores and browse their selection before making the trip. It’s a must have for any zero waster!

Download BULK | Free 

offerup app

9. OfferUp

The largest mobile marketplace in the world, OfferUp is a great place to hunt down everything from a new dining table to the carpet cleaner of your dreams, secondhand. People sell pretty much everything under the sun and the app helps protect the buying and selling process so you can be confident in your purchase.

Download OfferUp | Free

locavore app

10. Locavore

Shopping at your local farmers markets is a wonderful way to minimize food packaging, reduce your carbon footprint and practice eating seasonally. The more local your food, the smaller its environmental footprint. Locavore shows you the markets in your area, as well as where they are and when they run.

Download Locavore | Free

28 comments

Jessica K
Jessica K1 days ago

A little goofy that one is relying on electronic methods for a zero waste journey, but better using it for that than gossip on social media. Thanks.

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Christophe B

Thanks.

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Hui S
Hui S3 days ago

thanks for sharing!

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David C
David C3 days ago

thanks

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David C
David C3 days ago

thanks

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HEIKKI R
HEIKKI R3 days ago

thank you

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn4 days ago

Many thanks to you !

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Danuta W
Danuta Watola4 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Carole R
Carole R4 days ago

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Angeles Madrazo
Angeles Madrazo4 days ago

Thank you

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