Green living doesn’t always take a lot of research and preplanning. With the tap of a smartphone, you now have all the information you need to make eco-friendly shopping easy. Here are the best green apps to help you shop and live with respect toward the environment.
This is one of the best apps to help you identify organic cosmetics and personal care products. Simply scan the barcode of any product you already own or may consider purchasing, and the Think Dirty app breaks down exactly what’s in it so you can decide if it’s pure enough for your skin.
In addition to listing all the ingredients, the app rates products on a scale of 0 to 10 and gives it an overall grade. If the product is deemed unhealthy, Think Dirty will suggest alternatives that contain safer ingredients. You can also save your scanned items and share them with friends on Facebook.
The Good Guide app makes shopping green a snap by covering a wide variety of products, including cosmetics, household items, baby products, pet products, and food. Scored on a scale of 0 to 10, the mobile program rates products not only on their ingredients, but also on their social and ecological impact. The app gives you a complete breakdown of each score and explains what the rating specifically evaluated. It also lists alternative products, as well as alternatives by the same brand.
In addition to rating individual items, the app also gives specific companies an overall score based on their environmental policies and practices, as well as their social impact on consumers, the community, and their own workers.
Eco-friendly shopping doesn’t just end when you make a green purchase. Purchasing products that come in recyclable packaging is a great way to make sustainable choices, but you also have to know where and how to recycle those items. Linked to a database of over 100,000 recycling centers across the country, iRecycle is easily one of the best apps to make recycling as simple as a swipe of your finger.
The app lets you search through numerous product categories, from mattresses and musical instruments to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. It provides you with a list of recycling facilities and programs closest to your local area that accept each specific item, along with contact information and a link to the company’s website. The app is available for iOS and Android, and includes listings for national mail-in recycling programs like the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade.
What green shopping apps have you tried that you liked? Share your favorites in the comments!
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