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Five Apps to Help You Live A Greener Life

Switching to sustainable living isn’t easy. Changing old habits, being mindful of our impact...it all takes practice. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are lots of people struggling to make their lives greener, and there are lots of resources to help people achieve these goals.

Here are a few apps designed to help you live more sustainably:

JouleBug

This app unites competition and becoming more sustainable. Users earn points by recycling or composting, buying local, and using public transportation. Additional points can be earned by biking or carpooling. It’s a fun way to track your progress and establish new habits. Best of all, it’s meant to be done with friends and co-workers, so it also fosters positive interactions and creates accountability. You can compete locally or join national challenges, and show off how sustainably you are living.

HowGood / GoodGuide

Rushing through the grocery store, it can be difficult to tell what products are actually produced locally and sustainably. The HowGood and GoodGuide apps can help with that. These have large databases of products and will give you insights into how the products you purchase are made.

The HowGood app rates products according to three benchmarks: Growing Guidelines, Processing Practices, and Company Conduct. These metrics hit all the key points of the production and supply chain. You can scan a barcode or search for a product to see how it’s rated. You can also use the database to search for more sustainable alternatives.

Similarly, the GoodGuide app rates products on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the healthiest and most sustainable. You can search for healthy alternatives and get a better idea of the impact that your food choices have.

Seasonal Food Guide

Buying local produce is a great sustainability habit. Many larger grocery stores carry local produce when they can, but this usually depends on the season. As such, it’s helpful to know what to look for and when. This is where the Seasonal Food Guide comes in. With the app, you can see what’s in season near you (in the USA) and keep it in mind while you do your shopping.

It’s also a neat way to be adventurous in your kitchen. You may never have cooked with your local vegetables — but that doesn’t mean you never can.

Good on You / Think Dirty

Food isn’t the only place you can make a difference with your purchasing choices. The Good On You app lets you look up clothing brands in order to discover how ethically they make their products. The app looks at the brands’ impact on people, the planet, and on animals. You can search for more sustainable brands and check to make sure your favorites brands are treating the planet the way they should.

For makeup, check out the Think Dirty app. They’re tracking toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. Aside from seeing their ratings, it lets you save favorites and track what you already have

Oroeco

Oroeco tracks your impact on the environment and offers suggestions to help you lower your carbon footprint using everything from commuting to meals and energy use. Like the other apps, it helps you make choices that are better for the environment, and it also helps you track the money you save doing it.

Which of the apps do you think would be most helpful for you? Pick one, and give it a try for two weeks. Then contact us and let us know how it goes. It’s the small changes made by a lot of people that will make the most impact.

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