Sustainability is an important subject to me. I believe that for us to truly live our best life we need to ensure that we have the best planet to do so. From breathing clean air, eating fresh and healthy food, investing in ethical pursuits and avoiding funding unethical business ventures. There is an app for a whole range of sustainable choices. Here are some of the best sustainability apps in the Apple and Google Play stores.
Ecosia (Search Engine)
Ecosia is a search engine app. Use this app to search the web and over 80% of the income they generate is invested in conserving the environment by planting trees.
Additionally, Ecosia’s servers run on 100% renewable energy. Every search removes 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Another big bonus is how committed to transparency and data privacy they are; each month they publish their financial reports.
Kora (Sustainable Travel)
Kora is still in the beta testing phase but is set to be a great app that encourages sustainable travel. With Kora you are rewarded for staying at home, walking, and using public transport. Earn points for choosing more eco-friendly travel methods and these points can, in the future, be used to purchase gifts such as t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags.
OLIO (Food Sharing)
Olio is a mobile app for food-sharing, aiming to reduce food waste. Neighbours and local businesses advertise food that would otherwise be wasted for someone locally to collect and put to good use.
You can also advertise non-food items on Olio for your neighbours to collect. This is a great sustainability app and can save you money too!
Refill (Locate WatEr stations)
It takes up to 1,000 years for a single plastic bottle to decompose. Around 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills.
Use this app to find the nearest Refill water station. By using Refill and switching to a reusable water bottle you are directly helping to keep our oceans pollution free. With 18,000 spots nationwide, if you have a re-usable bottle, you’ll never have to buy a single-use plastic bottle again.
Good on you (Sustainable Fashion)
Fashion is the world’s second-largest industrial polluter behind oil. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has calculated that the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year.
To combat this, Good On You gives you ethical ratings to over 1,000 high street fashion brands. These ratings include:
- Environmental sustainability (e.g. assessing the company’s energy use)
- Social sustainability (e.g child and forced labour and payment of the living wage)
- Use of animal product (e.g. fur, leather and exotic skins)
The free Good On You app allows you to make more sustainable and ethically conscious purchasing decisions.
iHuerting (Grow your own Veg)
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a simple solution to numerous health, environmental, and economic problems. Further, food grown in your garden is full of nutrients and doesn’t have to undergo a long transportation process (the relies on fossil fuels).
iHuerting calls itself an Urban Farming Assistant. This app will help you to grow your own garden – even if you live in a city. The app will remind you when to water and fertilise your plants.
iHuerting also provides recipes for delicious meals you can make with your home-grown vegetables.
Almond (Carbon Offsetting)
Almond is a free app that empowers you to become carbon balanced. Their core message is ‘Buy Better, Act Better and Offset the Rest’. With Almond you will plant a tree every time you make a purchase from one of their recognised brands. To become one of their recognised brands, a retailer must demonstrate stainable principles including:
- Use or sustainable raw materials
- Active measures to reduce environmental impact
- Transparent and accountable
The more trees you plant and protect, the more carbon will be absorbed helping you to offset your footprint and become carbon balanced.
TICKR (Ethical Investments)
Tickr is an ethical investment app. This means that when you use Tickr you are investing in green energy and sustainability, instead of nuclear weapons and non-renewable energy like most investments.
Bonus: When you open a Tickr account, invest £5 and use code emmaj8874 (on the first page), you will get £10 free.
MORE SUSTAINABILITY TIPS
Here are some of the articles I’ve already published on the topic of sustainable living.
Here are just some of the sustainability apps you can use to live a more sustainable life. There are plenty of other lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your impact on the environment too.