Choosing to become sustainable can be filled with difficult questions over how and where to shop and which products sustainable claims are backed up by real environmental benefits or are just greenwash eco friendly terminology. When I started making my life more sustainable and moving towards daily zero waste I found these apps really helped me in achieving my environmental goals. Downloading these apps making living a sustainable life a lot easier.
“Over 250,000 rated products with 12 badges and counting.”
Giki has reviewed thousands of products and brands to help you find products that fit your values and beliefs, all you have to do is scan the barcode to see which badges they have been awarded. So if you want to make sure your food isn’t packed with additives or whether the products are really sustainable this app is a really easy way to pick between. With 250,000 products reviewed you’ll easily pick out the organic, additive free or responsibly sourced products. Products are reviewed by an independent advisory board made up of experts in sustainability, nutrition, workers rights, certification and supply chains from WWF, Oxfam and CDP.
What made this app really helpful is that they’ve covered all the mainstream supermarkets own brand ranges including Waitrose, Asda, Co-Op and Sainsburys.
Where Giki will have a big impact is in supporting more shoppers to choose ethical sustainable products which will put pressure on the manufacturers to improve their own processes to compete.
Helps you find shops, cafes and restaurants where you can refill your water bottle. Wanting to disrupt the social trend of buying plastic water bottles the team at Refill mapped out all the available water fountains and encouraged cafes and restaurants to support the scheme by putting up the blue refill water stickers up in their windows.
Farmdrop has made getting ethically sourced fresh food straight from the farm a whole lot easier by bringing it straight to your front door using electric delivery vans, compostable carriers and paper bags.
When traveling in America I fell in love with this app which helped track down the best and most sustainable restaurants. Like Giki they apply badges to help you choose between them. Greenease categorises restaurants by; free range, drug free, local, grass fed, sustainable seafood, organic, vegetarian friendly and vegan friendly.
This app helps you rescue unsold food from the landfill, with 1/3 of all food produced being wasted the people behind karma app help you find it and buy it discounted prices. With over 2000 retailers now selling their surplus food in Karma you’ll be able to find great deals from brands like Deliciously Ella, Aubaine and Coco di Mama. So far they’ve rescued 350 tonnes of food which is 525 tonnes of CO2 saved.
How it works:
Download the app and find unsold food from restaurants, shops and cafes.
Buy the food for ½ price through the app.
Cycle by and collect as takeaway.
JouleBug will help you discover new ways to go green and gamifys them into achievements with each Buzz you’ll help the get one step closer to being sustainable. We could devote a whole blog post to JouleBug as it covers hundreds of sustainable topics. You can compete with friends in challenges or join national challenges to see who is the most sustainable of them all. Sharing your progress with friends and neighbours helps keep you motivated and honest in your achievements and its tracking really helps show you the bigger impact that your choices have cumulatively had.