If you’re like us, you’re always looking for new ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Thanks to some clever software developers, there are now a range of great apps you can download to your smartphone to make living a sustainable life even easier! We’ve listed some of our favourites below:
JouleBug is an app designed to promote sustainable living in a more engaging and sociable way. As you use the app to lower your energy bills and reduce the amount of waste you produce, you also compete with your Twitter and Facebook friends to see who’s the most environmentally friendly. By gamifying green living, the app hopes to make it seem like less of a chore.
BlaBlaCar is one of the UK’s most trusted carpooling apps. The French company was starting in 2006 after one of its founders observed the unnecessary number of empty seats in cars when travelling home for Christmas. By sharing rides for long journeys, emissions can be reduced to make a positive impact in the fight against climate change. Many other companies now offer a similar service, but BlaBlaCar was one of the first to do this.
OLIO is a social app that connects people in the community with each other and with local businesses to share surplus food. Produce that may soon be out of date can now be put to good use. While this is a perfect way to reduce food waste and protect the environment against overconsumption, the app can also be used for non-food items, too.
The mission of the team behind this app is to improve “society’s recycling IQ”. The problem, as they see it, is the disconnect between local authority recycling schemes and the residents expected to use them. By providing localised recycling information, such as what is eligible and where else you can take what isn’t, they hope to make it easier for everyone to fit recycling into their daily routine.
This app wants to spread awareness about numerous environmental topics in a bid to harness social power and use it to tackle green issues head-on. The app is curated by a team of experts who post simple climate-friendly actions that can be shared among your peers. The app can be tailored to prioritise the specific issues you care about the most.
Energy Consumption Analyzer is a powerful tool that can be used to track your use of electricity, gas and water. The data collected by the app can help to reduce your personal usage so can you spend less on your bills and also do your bit for the environment in the process.
Like OLIO, this app wants to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away each day. Cafes, restaurants and bakeries can sign up for the app, and then toward the end of each service they can advertise what food they have left that is going to be wasted. Customers can then choose to buy this produce at a discounted price. This is another great way to reduce overall food waste.
If we want to be environmentally friendly and help protect the world around us, staying informed about current issues is important. That’s where this app comes in. as it takes news from a range of popular newspapers, magazines, and websites on various green issues and collates it for easy discovery and sharing.
Oroeco can be used to track your carbon footprint with its built-in calculator. The app will then show you personalised climate actions designed to offset your carbon emissions at the same time as saving you money. There’s also a social aspect, as you can connect with friends and compare your progress with theirs.
Ecosia isn’t like most other apps on this list. At first glance it might be difficult to see how this qualifies as a green app, as it’s actually a search engine. However, every time you use Ecosia to look something up, you’re indirectly helping the environment. The reason for this is that Ecosia donates at least 80% of its ad income to tree planting programs in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, and Peru. Using the app is an easy way to make a difference.
Many of us try to be as conscientious as possible when we shop, but it’s difficult to research every buying decision fully. Good On You does the hard work for you, by giving an ethical rating to more than 1,000 high street fashion brands. These encompass not just the environment, but workers rights too, so you can be sure you’re buying a product that does more good than harm.
This app from Greenpeace will take you on expeditions around the world, realised in stunning 360-degree virtual reality. It’s as thought provoking as it is pretty, though, and the main goal is to raise awareness for the plight of the environment in each of the places you visit.
In addition to the apps we’ve listed above, there are a fantastic range of smartphone tools and websites you can use to reduce your carbon footprint and live a cleaner, more sustainable life. If there’s any you think we should know about, please contact us via Twitter and let us know!