Five apps for sustainable living
One of the biggest challenges of living a greener, healthier lifestyle is in knowing how to make the best decisions for yourself and the environment.
Many of us have spent hours researching the best eco-friendly alternatives to our favourite products, from cosmetics to homewares. We’re also getting our hands dirtier by shopping around for indoor plants that will improve air quality and growing fresh fruit and veggies on city balconies.
Thanks to a growing army of eco-warriors out there, there are whole range of smart apps to choose from that will take the stress out of sustainable living. Luckily, we’ve put together our top five so you don’t have to.
Urban Farming Assistant
Planning on building your own urban garden? Urban Farming Assistant is a portal that will teach you what you need to know to transform your balcony, patio or garden into a mini farm full of luscious plants, fruits and seasonal vegetables. It will also alert you to any pests that will harm crops and send you reminders to fertilise and water plants.
Love Food Hate Waste
Good news for your hips, your hip pocket and the planet – this app will calculate the correct portion size that each your meals should be to avoid waste and live a healthy lifestyle. It estimates that we waste around $125 each month on food that ends up in waste. Use this app in your household to think of smarter ways to spend money and be kind to the environment through thoughtful eating habits that could also benefit your health in the long term.
Remember when we talked about avoiding unknown chemicals and nasties in every products? Think Dirty goes one step further by listing an index non-toxic beauty brands and everyday products to inform consumers about making the best ethical and environmental purchases.
Want to make your morning commute brighter and beat city traffic? Bikemap has compiled the world’s biggest collection of cycling routes that will get you from A to B, or offer you a new weekend adventure to explore a hidden track. Cycleways are becoming an increasingly important part of cities and communities in connecting us to our surroundings, so why not take advantage of them?
Whether you want to clean up your act, or get the whole family involved in being more environmentally aware, Oroeco is an app that allows you track your carbon footprint based on the simple, every day choices you make. From buying your coffee in a KeepCup to filling up the petrol tank, you’ll be amazed to see how your individual habits are contributing to emissions.