15 Apps That Can Help You Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

15 Apps That Can Help You Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Making an effort to live greener is beneficial to your health, your wallet, and the environment, and technology makes it simple to get and stay on track. Utilizing the following 15 mobile apps can help you easily incorporate sustainability into your routine and transition into a more eco-friendly lifestyle to take advantage of the benefits of green living.

1. Tap

Tap allows users to find free water bottle refill stations nearby so they’ll never have to purchase bottled water again, which reduces plastic waste. The app provides water details for each refill station, as well as walking directions once the user has selected a station. Tap currently has more than 35,000 refill stations in 30 countries and over 7,300 cities.

Tap is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

2. Forest

Forest helps people stay focused, present, and productive. When a user wants to temporarily put down their phone to do something else, they’ll plant a virtual tree in the app. Each different species of the virtual tree takes a certain amount of time to grow.

If the user leaves the app before the virtual tree finishes growing, the tree will wither and die. However, if the user stays off of their phone for long enough for the virtual tree to grow to maturity, it will be added to their virtual forest and they will earn rewards. 

In addition to productivity benefits, utilizing Forest also helps the environment. The Forest team partners with a real tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth. When users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, the Forest team donates to its partner and creates planting orders.

Forest costs $1.99 and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Bikemap

Bikemap helps users discover cycling routes so that they can reduce carbon emissions and pollution by riding their bike instead of driving. The app includes more than 4 million cycling routes in over 100 countries and provides information about each route, navigation during the route, and ride tracking.

Bikemap is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

4. iRecycle

iRecycle assists users in finding local, convenient recycling opportunities while at home or on the go. The app provides information about how, where, and when to recycle more than 350 materials, as well as details on drop-off points.

iRecycle is free and available on the App Store.

5. Energy Cost

Energy Cost calculates the consumption of any electrical appliance to help users estimate what their monthly electricity bill will be and find ways to reduce energy consumption. Users may add as many devices as they’d like and the app will calculate the total and analyze costs and consumption by day, month, and year.

Energy Cost is free and available on the App Store.

6. OLIO

OLIO aims to help users connect with neighbors and local shops so that surplus food and household items can be shared rather than thrown away. Everything on OLIO is available for free.

Commonly shared items on OLIO include homegrown vegetables, bread from local bakeries, toiletries, cleaning products, clothes, furniture, toys, and kitchen gadgets.

OLIO is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

7. Scoop

Scoop strives to provide a convenient and enjoyable way to reduce carbon emissions by helping users carpool with coworkers and neighbors. On the app, users can meet other carpoolers who are headed the same way, schedule a carpool, find the most efficient route, and split the cost of the commute.

Scoop is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

8. Dropcountr

Dropcountr connects consumers with their participating water utilities to understand and manage their personal water use, compare usage to similar neighbors, set and reach water use goals, and access valuable rebates and utility announcements.

On average, Dropcountr users reduce their monthly water use by about 9 percent, which saves money and the environment.

Dropcountr is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

9. Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets helps users quickly and easily locate farmers markets near their location to guide them to organic, locally-grown, farm-fresh food. Once a market has been located, the app provides information about typical items for sale, details on accepted payment methods, and directions to the market.

Farmers Markets is free and available on the App Store.

10. Ecosia

Ecosia is like any other search engine with one major difference: it uses its profits to plant trees. Users can utilize the app to browse the web as they normally would while their searches help to plant trees and reverse the effects of climate change.

Ecosia is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

11. PaperKarma

PaperKarma helps users stop unwanted mail while also working to protect the environment. With the app, users simply take a picture to unsubscribe from catalogs, credit card offers, and other unwanted mail, which reduces clutter and prevents unnecessary paper from ending up in a trash landfill.

PaperKarma is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

12. NoWaste

NoWaste allows users to easily track, organize, and manage the food in their home to help them avoid unnecessary purchases, save money, and reduce food waste.

The app keeps lists for the food users have in their freezer, fridge, and pantry; lets them know which food needs to be used first; assists them with meal planning; and helps them creates shopping lists.

NoWaste is free and available on the App Store.

13. thredUP

thredUP aims to help reduce textile waste by allowing users to buy and sell high quality secondhand clothing. With the app, users can shop more than 35,000 brands for up to 90 percent off retail and sell unwanted clothes by sending them in to thredUP with a free shipping label.

According to thredUP, if everyone bought one used item instead of new this year, it would save almost 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions.

thredUp is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

14. DoneGood

DoneGood makes it easy to discover brands that make great products and make a difference in the world. With the app, users can select issues that matter most to them, such as eco-friendliness, vegan, non-toxic, and more.

Then, they enter the type of product they’re looking for and DoneGood will show them which businesses offer those products and focus on the issues they care about. Users can also receive discount codes to use towards their purchases.

DoneGood is free and available on the App Store.

15. JouleBug

JouleBug strives to help users make their everyday habits at home, work, and play more sustainable. The app presents users with new ways to go green that will help the planet, their community, and their wallet.

JouleBug also gives users the opportunity to compete in local and national challenges to see who’s the greenest, follow friends and neighbors to see how they’re making a difference, and track the impact of their changes.

JouleBug is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.

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