It is hard enough trying to make lifestyle changes like switching to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but these apps can make it much easier to start making changes for the good of the earth. Here are the top 5 best apps for easing into an eco-friendly lifestyle:
1.Beat the Microbead
Microplastics are often used in beauty and personal care products to add a scrubbing effect, but microplastics are extremely detrimental to the environment and water systems. Due to the size of microplastics, it is difficult for water filtration systems to filter the plastics, as well as making it difficult for animals to see in the ocean, causing them to ingest the plastics. Beat the Microbead makes it easy to look a brand or a specific face scrub to see if it has microplastics in it. This app makes it easy to start cutting microplastics and buying more eco-friendly beauty and personal care products.
Recycling smaller items like plastic containers is much easier and more common, but bigger items that can be recycled at specialty recycling plants often are thrown in the trash. iRecycle helps you to locate places near you that allow you to recycle items such as washer/dryers, auto parts, toothpaste tubes, and household cleaners. Recycling properly is a big step in becoming more eco-friendly, and this app makes it easy to make sure that your recyclable items don’t end up in a landfill.
Joule bug is an app to help you green your life in a game setting where you compete in challenges in your area (if available) and ‘actions’ that encourage you to change habits to more sustainable habits. Some actions include turning the lights out, recycling more plastic bottles, using reusable water bottles, flushing the toilet less, and walking more often. This app is great if you are just starting to change your lifestyle but don’t know where to start first because this app will guide you through easy steps to green your life.
4.Better World Shopper
This app is perfect for the savvy shopper turned eco-conscious. Changing where you shop to more eco-conscious, ethical, or fairtrade brands can be tough enough as it is, but with Better World Shopper’s rating system, it’s easy to see which brands to switch to. This app rates brands on a letter scale, similar to how the letter scale is used in schools, with a star being the best score, ‘A’ being the second best, and ‘F’ being the worst. Some notable brands in their ‘top 20’ list, which have received a star rating, are Seventh Generation, Method, Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, Dr. Bronner’s, and CLIF Bar.
Ecosia is just like Google, except every time you search something, they use the ad revenues to plant trees! This app is an easy and fun way to start easing into an eco-friendly lifestyle if you’re very busy or just want to plant trees but don’t have the time. This app is great for all ages and has a beautiful, sleek design. Ecosia has planted over 22,000,000 trees already!