Green Technology: 6 (More) Apps to Help You Live More Sustainably

January 22, 2020

A few months ago I shared six apps that can help you on your journey to making your lifestyle more sustainable, and it's been one of the most viewed posts on the blog so far! Here are six more resources that you can use to make it easier to be good to our planet.

1. Bikemap

It's common knowledge that biking is one of the most carbon friendly travel options, but when exploring new places it can be easy to rely on driving. This app will inspire you with new travel routes and exciting bike tours. If you're not a confident cycler, why not try BlaBlaCar to link up with other drivers?

2. Karma

The previous apps post recommended Olio and Too Good To Go to help reduce food waste and give you access to discounted restaurant food. Karma is another app tackling food waste through connecting consumers to unsold restaurant food. The app launched in Sweden and has since been set up in London and Paris. So far, they have prevented 550 tonnes of food (that's 1 million meals and 800 tonnes of CO2!) from ending up in landfill.

3. HappyCow

If you're vegan, vegetarian, or just trying to reduce your meat intake for the sake of the planet, HappyCow allows you to search for the closest vegan and veggie restaurants. It's particularly helpful when travelling, and even has reviews so you can choose the most popular places.

4. RecycleNow

Recycling properly is a minefield as rules can vary in different areas of the country and to add more confusion, there are many items that can be recycled, but can't go into your recycling bin at home. RecycleNow advises you on how to recycle loads of different products from cans to Christmas trees, and even shows where the closest place is to take products that can't go in your recycling bin. Other useful information includes how recycling works and advice on composting, junk mail, and repairing items. 

5. Love Food Hate Waste

I'm slightly cheating with this one as it's a website not an app, but it's a great resource! Love Food Hate Waste has tonnes of information about food waste including advice on how to reduce your waste, food storage tips and recipes. It's vital reading for all of us, especially considering in the UK we waste 5 million tonnes of edible food each year

6. Good on You

Our fashion choices can have detrimental impacts to people and the environment. The Good on You app is the perfect companion to take shopping. It allows you to check how sustainable brands are based on a rating system which considers their impact on people, the planet, and animals. 

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