Finding ways to incorporate sustainability into your daily life can feel overwhelming. If you’re unsure of where to start, here are five apps that will help you to find and establish eco-friendly habits in your day-to-day life.
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of the beauty products you consume, check out Think Dirty! Think Dirty is an app that shows you the ingredients in beauty and household products. By clicking on any ingredient in the product, users see if it is ‘clean’ or ‘dirty.’ If the ingredients are dirty, Think Dirty provides an explanation of the harm they cause our planet. Think Dirty is perfect if you’re looking for a resource to actually understand what is being put into beauty and household products, along with providing examples of different alternatives.
If you’re curious about where to recycle things like old electronics, batteries, glass, and chemicals, download iRecycle. Since it can be confusing on how to recycle things beyond paper and plastic, iRecycle uses your location to help you find nearby recycling centers that accept different types of materials. iRecycle will allow you to recycle better in your own community, along with providing insight on the importance of recycling properly. This is regarded as one of the best apps on the market.
If you’re concerned about the amount of plastic you consume, be sure to check out My Little Plastic Footprint (MLPF). This app is designed to help you track the amount of plastic you consume—ranging from toothbrushes to plastic bags. MLPF will customize a ‘plastic diet’ that will help you consume less plastic. This app also provides users with a Plastic Mass Index (PMI) that shows you alternative solutions to plastic consumption.
We’re all looking for tools that provide us with more clarity in understanding and minimizing our carbon footprint—and apps like Eevie totally help to achieve that. Similar to MLPF, Eevie calculates your individual carbon footprint and provides you with alternative daily habits to become carbon neutral. You can select something more personal, such as tracking your diet or energy consumption, or you can explore the impact of your carbon footprint on a global scale.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the junk mail arriving in your mailbox, be sure to check out PaperKarma. All you have to do is take a picture of the junk mail, and PaperKarma will unsubscribe you. The app operates at a subscription-based service, and users can pay 3.99 monthly for PaperKarma’s services.