Learning about being more environmentally conscious is one thing, but actively living more sustainable is a hard task. One of the most accessible and easiest ways to learn or become more aware is right through your smartphone.
Here are 5 apps, we have been using lately to help us think more about what being sustainable means. There are obviously many others to choose from, so try out our suggestions and see if you can find other great ones as well.
Recycling always seems to be a mystery, all these symbols and numbers, this or that. Recycle Coach is all about simplifying recycling. You input your address and it tells you your collection schedule for waste, recycling and yard pickup. Another neat feature is the “what goes where?” tab. You type in the material and it tells you how to properly dispose of it. It makes it super easy to quickly check, and if the item can’t be thrown out in your curbside bins, it gives you drop-off locations with directions.
Our favorite part is the “Be a Better Recycler” quiz. It tests your knowledge about what can actually be recycled and once you finish, it sends you a super nice breakdown of what can and can’t be recycled and why.
Getting around can be a struggle. GoManitoba is a province-wide network that to teach Manitobans about more sustainable and heathy commuting options. Even better, it creates little challenges for you to compete in. You type in how you got to your destination and how long it took and receive points. The more points you collect, the more entries and the more chances to win some cool prizes.
Another cool feature is the “Find Commute Options.” Based on your route, the app shows you commuting options, including carpool options. You can message someone who takes a similar route and ask to carpool, cycle, walk, or ride the bus with them. This may be a great option for people looking for a more sustainable commuting option, but are unfamiliar with where to start.
Reading can be a hassle and having to carry around books can be another struggle. Hoopla offers you free access to audiobooks, movies, music and novels all through your smart device - all you need is your library card. It even gives you the option to download so you can listen or read offline.
4. Think Dirty
We all know of the beauty products that claim to be something like 100 per cent organic or natural. Think Dirty provides you with information on over a million different beauty and personal care products on the market. It gives each product a rating on a scale of 1-10 to let you know what is really in the product. It then gives you a breakdown of the ingredients and what to watch out for. Super great if you are looking for options that are better for the environment and yourself.
Coming up with what to eat everyday can be a challenge and Yummly makes it easy to get going. Although it is not specifically made to combat food waste, it is a helpful tool to help you better plan meals. You can explore thousands of recipes, add them and it makes a grocery list for you. You can even schedule it into your calendar. It also provides you with a great breakdown of how long it will take to cook and the nutritional value. Plus if you eat a plant-based diet or have any dietary restrictions, it has loads of options as well. Better planning when it comes to food is always the best way to reduce waste.
These are just a few options for you to get going and apps we have been loving to use in our daily lives.
Until next time, let’s Create Simple.