Apps To Help You Live More Sustainably
Living a more sustainable life just got a whole lot easier with these innovative apps. From discovering luxury pre-loved garments to ‘eating the seasons’ and swapping unwanted household items, we bring you eight of the best sustainable apps to help you be more eco-friendly.
The Best Sustainable Apps to Download Now
For Waste Prevention
The aim of this ingenious app is to ‘Share more. Waste less.’ Olio enables you to share surplus food and household essentials with people in your local area, in which every product is free. Log items that you no longer need (and that could be of use to someone else) and browse and search for available products within easy reach. Now, Olio has just launched a new function: BORROW, which lets users list items that they can use temporarily to neighbours too. Think screwdrivers, tents, tennis rackets – the kind of things you don’t need to buy new or splash out on.
For Sustainable Style
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The Seam repair services will help you breathe new life into your wardrobe. Simply choose your project (could be an alteration, repair, made-to-measure), the app will then show you your local specialists, where they can either come to your home, or you can book in their studio. It’s currently mostly based in London, but it’s looking to expand soon.
Spotting the difference between greenwashing and genuine impact is getting confusing. Enter the Good On You app. Cutting through the PR fluff, the app rates the environmental impact of the brands in your wardrobe. Aggregating reports from NGOs like Greenpeace, certifications such as Fairtrade, plus using its own data, each brand receives a rating out of five, from ‘We Avoid (1), to ‘Great’. If one of your favourite brands has a low score, Good On You suggests sustainable alternatives.
We’re all looking for ways to make our wardrobes greener, and luckily Sojo is here to help. Founded by 23-year-old fashion-tech entrepreneur Josephine Philips, Sojo aims to make clothing alterations and repairs hassle-free – even in lockdown – by connecting customers with local tailoring services. It’s being dubbed ‘the Deliveroo of clothing alterations’, offering an easy way to amend pre-loved clothes that don’t fit quite right instead of throwing them out and buying new ones. All you need to do is enter your postcode, find a local seamster, select what you need done and a bike courier will come over to collect your clothes. Within five days the altered item will be returned to your door. Perfect for pre-loved pieces that don’t fit quite right any more.
As Sustain Your Style states, ‘the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world’ – a concerning statistic when you consider the industry is a luxury, not a necessity. Vestiaire Collective’s digital app recognises this. Branded as ‘pre-loved fashion at your fingertips’, the luxury resale platform enables conscious users to buy, sell and explore thousands of stylish second-hand items from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel and Givenchy. What’s more, sold items are quality-checked before they are sent, so you won’t be disappointed when your parcel arrives.
One of the most eco-friendly (and fun) ways to travel, bike-riding has really taken off in recent years as people have become more conscious about the travel industry’s contribution to climate change. Of course, we’re not saying you should start biking it across Europe – but every little helps; that last-minute trip to the shops, your commute to work, or even your weekend trip across town for brunch (if you don’t mind turning up with a little sweat on your brow).
If you need help navigating your journey, download the Bikemap application where you’ll find over 4 million routes spanning 100 countries (in case that European bike trip really is on the cards). The app also includes voice navigation, enables you to track your speed and distance, and will even inform you of useful nearby stop points, from repair shops to e-bike charging stations. Don’t have a bike? See our round-up of stylish bicycles to invest in now here.
For Buying Better
If you’re unsure about whether what you’re putting in your shopping basket is sustainable, GoCo will help you make the right choices. The app will alert you to a number of sustainable and ethical businesses in your local area whilst also connecting with your bank to determine your real time carbon footprint. The idea is to help users make better choices with their money, which will in turn help others and the planet.
For Eating Greener
If you’re keen to make your eating habits more sustainable, why not start by eating the seasons? This means indulging in local produce that’s currently in season, meaning that the food hasn’t had to travel too far to reach you. Plus, seasonal produce means less pesticides and preservatives as the food is predominantly garden-fresh. The organic farmers at vegetable delivery company Riverford have launched a clever app to help you consume seasonal and organic veg. It’s a simple way to order sustainable and fresh veg straight to your door, along with offering expert tips on how to cook with in-season produce.
It’s no secret that a vegetarian and vegan diet is better for the planet. The Meatless Farm Co reports that ‘making the simple swap from red meat to plant-based just once a week would cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 50 million tonnes. That’s the equivalent of taking 16 million cars off the road, or a reduction of up to 8.4 per cent in the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions.’ But eating vegetarian or vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. The HappyCow app is happy to do the hard work for you, by finding your nearest vegan-friendly restaurants, food delivery services, markets, bakeries, cafés and more – more than 120,000 options over 180 countries, in fact.
For Putting a Stop to Plastic
The battle against single-use plastic sometimes feels almost completely out of our control. But we can be better about which brands we choose to buy from, and help limit our intake of it. My Little Plastic Footprint is a handy little app where you can log in how much single-use plastic you accumulate during the day, to give you more of an awareness of the scale. The app will then suggest alternative ways in your local area where you can opt for alternative products.
According to grassroots movement Surfers Against Sewage, ‘at least 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day.’ Refill is here to help: the application locates your nearest water refill stations – there are more than 12,000 positioned across the UK – so you simply reuse and refill a water bottle rather than buy more plastic. As the app states, ‘if all of our Refill stations are used just once a day, we’re stopping around 4 million plastic bottles at source in a year!’. As sustainable apps go, this one’s a no-brainer.
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