Want to know how to leave a smaller carbon footprint? Is there an app for that? Well, of course there is. It may not be as popular as the latest Candy Crush Saga or Subway Surfers, but where there is a demand, there is supply. Not to mention that most of the apps are free or less than a buck or two if you do have to pay.
It seems like the green craze has grown side by side along with the smartphone and app craze. So, it should come as no surprise to see the perfect marriage between the two.
As a software developer, we’re ultra aware of the carbon footprint that we leave behind, and have made conscious decisions to forego ever boxing our software.
What Makes GoodGuide App #1?
GoodGuide is one of the top “environmental” apps found in iTunes. Users are able to quickly look up a product in a database of 170,000 and growing. The product is rated on 1-10 scale based on safety, health, green and social initiatives on the front page.
You may also adjust the screen to project factors that are more important to you such as human rights, animal welfare, climate change, nutritional value and more.
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It is also available to Android Users. This comprehensive service is billed by month $1.99 or by year for less then $10.
Buycott is an app that helps you laser target where you are spending your money and what they support. You must first join campaigns that are meaningful to you. When you scan the barcode, you will find out what company owns the product–and who owns the company.
Using this information, you will be able to find out if they support any of the same causes that you support.
The app is free and also includes bonuses such as being able to create your own campaign or easily look at the family tree diagram of a product. The app also makes it easy to contact the company and notify them of your purchase decision based on the information you gathered.
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Buycott is also available on Android.
Green Gas Saver
Green Gas Saver is one of many ecologically friendly car apps, but this one offers a few things that makes it extra special. It’s not going to tell you the shortest route to save gas. Any ol’ app will do that.
This app will tell you when you are gassing it too hard, turning too hard, driving too fast and more. It takes a variety of factors and rates how efficiently you in three categories:
- Green Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Acceleration & Cornering
Green Gas Saver will change the whole way that you drive and have you changing your driving habits into good habits.
Project Noah is an app designed to allow what they term “citizen scientists” from anywhere to upload a picture of documented wildlife found in their area of discovery.
Essentially, this app records and promotes biodiversity if you have an iPhone or Android device.
Get Green Tips Free
Get Green is a big ball of whimsy, information & tips, and science all rolled into one. If you are looking for green living tips, they post them to your phone daily.
It also functions as a way to measure your carbon footprint with an easy Footprint Calculator that gauges your environmental impact.
Right now, the app is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and free of charge.
PaperKarma is an app that handles all junk mail problems for you. Want to feel empowered about the endless amounts of snail mail creeping into your mailbox.
Okay, this is simple. Here’s what you do.
- You take a picture;
- Send the photo to them;
Your carbon footprint just got smaller. You can use this on iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android. . . and it’s free.
Basically, EarthTechling App is a news app designed to keep you current on anything regarding green tech, including green consumer tech, renewable energy, green lifestyle and green gadget.
EarthTechling is available on iPhones, iPad, iPod, and Android.
EcoChallenge presents you with challenges each week. It will then keep track of your successes and allow you to share them with others. You are able to get friends involved and get them to take the challenge, too.
It also includes weekly updates about new topics to keep things fun.
EcoChallenge is a free app available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
CO2 Green Drive
Green Drive actively monitors your carbon footprint on your iPhone. Have you ever wondered about your impact on the environment considering your methods of transportation? Whether it’s car, electric car, bus, or walking, this should give you the info you need and a way to measure you carbon footprint comparatively.
Find this at iTunes free of charge. Here’s the catch, if you use it continuously, the GPS might drain the battery, which leads to the next app. . .
100% Battery might have been originally created for people that want to charge and go so that they can use their phone again. Or maybe even not overcharge it. But there is a another perk, you don’t have to keep charging your phone needlessly, wasting energy all the while.
Now, this app isn’t the only one that offers something like this out there, and they do come and go, but we recommend finding one like it and using it. It could save your battery and the environment.