10 apps to empower your sustainable living

Are you looking to live a more sustainable life?

According to the Disruptive Innovation Festival in their Good Disruption Video, more than 60% of our consumer spendings and over 80% of resources used are related to Food, Mobility and Housing. On the food side, A third of the world’s food is wasted. Regarding carbon footprint, 43,1 billion tons of CO2 from human activities were emitted into the atmosphere in 2019.

The truth is that you have the power to choose ethical and eco-friendly alternatives and change certain habits.

You can tackle the food waste problem, do something about your carbon footprint and make more conscious purchases. By adopting better practices, you are choosing a more sustainable lifestyle.

That’s why we want to share with you 10 apps and websites to help you live a more sustainable life.

  • Reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Making more conscious and ethical decisions.
  • Fighting food waste.

Reducing your carbon footprint

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Cogo – tracking the carbon footprint of your purchases.

Launched in New Zealand and recently implemented in London, CoGo is a real-time carbon footprint.

This app helps you make ethical living easy by matching your inner values with your spending preferences, from grocery and fashion to insurance. With your purchase data, it calculates the carbon emissions created by your consumption decisions instantly.

With this app, you support businesses that are doing good and voting on a more sustainable future, socially and environmentally.

Joulebug – Sharing sustainability tips.

Joule Bug is an app that turns your daily sustainable achievements into a game. You can challenge yourself and compete with your friends, neighbours and colleagues by earning points and badges for each sustainable choice you make.

Beyond sharing sustainability tips or checking others users’ progress, JouleBug helps you save money and reduce your carbon footprint by syncing up with your utility bills.

Making more conscious and ethical decisions.

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Done Good – purchasing power for good.

Done good born with a simple mission: to make it quick, easy and affordable to get great products from brands that do good for people and the planet.

Considered the amazon of eco-friendly products, you can select your favourite sustainable attributes (eco-friendly or cruelty-free) to be supplied with products from local stores.

Done Good also offers discount codes exclusively to shop from home goods to fashion and accessories.

GoodF!nd – connecting shoppers with good brands.

On a mission to connect shoppers with good brands doing good things, GoodFind is an ethical brand directory.

You can discover sustainable brands good for people and the planet in 3 different ways:

  • By category – showcasing brands according to your needs, from sustainable fashion, homeware to responsible banking and career purpose.
  • By product and services – showcasing ethical alternatives of products for your daily routine.
  • By brand values – helps you discover brands aligned with your own values.

Whatever you are looking for, use this ethical brand directory to connect you with sustainable alternatives and find brands that do good.

Think Dirty – helping you shop cleaner by knowing the ingredients.

Some products have ingredients that are harmful to our health and the planet. Think Dirty app helps you understand what’s inside your favourite products you purchase and consume.

By rating items on a scale of 0-10, you just need to scan the packaging barcode of a product to know the list of ingredients and the level of risk considering allergens or carcinogens.

Think Dirty helps you verify if the natural or eco-friendly labelled products you love meet the criteria of a sustainable choice.

HowGood – finding food that meets your environmental and ethical standards.

With a catalogue with over 100,000 food products, How Good is a platform that shares food products validated through a complex evaluation system.

How good uses scoring metrics to classify each product according to sixty indicators, from ingredient supply and resources usage to labour practices and community social impact.

With the help of this app, you know how food products were produced and make your decision according to your societal and environmental standards.

Fighting food waste

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OLIO – sharing your food with your neighbours.

Olio was created in London but instantly grew to be present in 50 countries to reborn a sense of community. Olio gives you the chance to connect with local businesses and neighbours to prevent food waste by sharing or finding food and other items.

If you have sparing food, home-grown fruit or vegetables, now you know what you have to do. Your neighbours and the planet appreciate your gesture.

App Kuri – Cooking sustainable meals.

Kuri provides endless climate-friendly recipes using the food you have on your pantry or fridge.

With this cooking app, you can personalize your cook level, diet and lifestyle to prevent food waste and eat more local and seasonal.

With more than 650 delicious recipes, a carbon emissions calculator and a grocery list, Kuri helps you adopt more sustainable eating habits and lower your diet carbon footprint with climate in mind.

For the moment, Kuri is only covering seasonal food production in the US, UK, Canada and France.

Too Good To Go – joining the food waste movement.

Restaurants, cafes, bakeries and supermarkets sometimes end the working day with surplus food. Instead of throwing it in the trash, Too Good To Go allows them to sell it at a discount.

If you are hungry and food for a bargain, rescue ready to collect food in your local area for great prices with Too Good To Go. Join this movement and fight food waste in your hometown.

Oddbox – rescuing fruits & vegs from the farm.

When you head over to a supermarket, you might notice that only the aesthetically pleasing vegetables and fruits are on the shelves. There’s no space for ugly, big and dinky ones.

By delivering a box with fresh, beautiful, and tasty vegetables and fruits, despite its size or shape, Oddbox born to assure that food don’t get wasted before leaving the farms.

Bonus – Tap – preventing plastic waste.

Plastic waste reached an unsustainable level that we must do something about. The more you spare plastic bottles, the better. Tap helps you find water stations close to you to refill your water bottle while doing a walk in your hometown or visiting a city.

All you have to do is carrying a reusable bottle to keep hydrated on the way.

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From fighting food waste to reduce carbon footprint, you can make a difference by using these apps or websites in your routine. Your decisions always carry an impact. If you want to live an eco-friendly and sustainable life, choose wisely.

What is your favourite app to help you live a more sustainable life?

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