Monday, July 9, 2012

Eco-friendly Apps

I have been doing a bit of research and found that there are a slew of apps for the "green-minded." There is something for everyone, the craftnista, the macho-man, the gamer, the child—and the list keeps going! Below I've listed some that I've come across. I don't have the memory on my poor phone to download them all, but a quick review is listed. Plus, you've nothing to lose, cause they are all FREE! Don't like one? Delete it!

Powered by Local Dirt (, this app helps you by local produce in the US, and the Canadian provinces of BC and Ontario.

Whirleo (game)
A fun game about tops in the land of Rotopolis trying to clean it up.

Organic Spa Magazine
(Green products, environmentally sound, but not animal free). It would seem likely if those behind the app are concerned about the environment, that animal welfare isn’t far behind, but I saw no evidence of this as one of the criteria for making informed choices. Either way, worth investigating for yourself if that floats your boat.

Do It Gorgeously
Free app that packs a lot of information, recipes and videos about making non-toxic products for you, your family, and even the family dog. Not all animal free, but really great collection in a free app. So much info, I still can't get over it.

One Stop Green Mobile
Receive daily tips, conduct your own energy audit, get your home’s green score, and find ways to be more energy efficient and save moolah at the same time.

My Green Directory
This app, powered by, provides you with all the eco companies, news, and events in your area that you’ll ever need.

A basic app that gives you a couple hundred facts about how humans affect the environment and how you can make better choices now to improve those stats.

The Glad company provides updated lists of locations where you can recycle household items, links to Facebook so you can share with others, and is motivated to help you waste less. Had gotten top ratings so far.
A social networking community committed to making being green “chic.”

In Bloom
Customize this app based on your dietary and eco preferences.  Your are given the businesses closest to you that are Organic, Locavore, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo friendly, Raw, and environmentally friendly.

If you want to be good and recycle those batteries rather than (gasp!) throwing them in the garbage, where do you take them? iRecycle will tell you where many items can be brought in your area.

Good Guide
While shopping, scan the barcode of the item with your camera and instantly be provided information regarding well over 100,000 products. Based on your criteria of safe ingredients to animal rights to environmental concerns, the app rates the “worthiness” of the product, thereby empowering you to put your money where your mouth is.

Earth Friendly Products
This app informs you about the most eco-friendly products on the market today and educates you how to read labels and provides a glossary of terms to know.

Environmental History
This app scours the information highway to gather information on anything having to do with the environment. It is based on information coming from the Environmental History journal.

Trash Blast Free
Game that challenges you to be quick on your feet (or fingers, in this case) while trying to sort items for recycling.

Recycle Hero Free
With two modes, you are challenged to sort the trash that comes into your recycling center.

Gazelle - Gadget Trader
This app allows you to see the worth of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and if you want to sell, they send you a prepaid shipping label to mail it in. You are paid via PayPal, check or gift card. The company comes with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Gimme 5 - #5 Plastic Recycling
Provides you with recycling locations for the odd items like yogurt cups and Brita filters. Includes reward system.

Track how much money you can potentially earn by recycling your cans. Provides the nearest centers to you. Allows you to track as a team or solo, can set monetary goals, fun facts and videos included.

Make Change, Not Waste
Whole Foods Markets shoppers are rewarded by doing green acts in exchange for coupons you can unlock for some of the top green brands carried at the stores.

Eco Guide
Tons of information provided for those interested in living a more eco-conscious lifestyle.

Thred Up
A sort of consignment shop for your children’s clothing. List items and create “bags” of clothing, set prices, sell. There is an iPad version (iPhone version is currently in Beta testing), and an online site where you can see the value of items and have pick up via the mail for items to send to Thred Up.

Quite a list, eh? As there are lots more, feel free to send in a review about others I may have missed. I wanted a list of FREE apps, that were eco friendly, (and animal friendly apps would be awesome too).

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