10 Apps to Help You Live Green and Healthy

August 31, 2013 by  
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By Kristin Marino

Thanks to the abundance of green living mobile apps, keeping the planet and yourself healthy is just a touch away.

From tracking your energy usage to finding a great new hiking trail, these apps offer an easy way to stick to your commitment to live a healthier, greener, and more environmentally conscious life.

Energy Conservation

JouleBug takes the serious topic of energy conservation and makes it a fun, educational game. Players follow energy-saving tips and earn achievements while they help the planet and learn to save money on energy costs. They can track their progress and see how they stack up against other players in their energy-saving endeavors.

GreenCalc is an iPad and iPhone app that helps you calculate and track your carbon emissions at home and while you travel. There are options for natural gas, heating oil, solar, coal, wood and more. Users can find out how much CO2 is being produced, renewable energy being used, non-renewable energy being used, and more.

Environment

iRecycle is a highly rated, regularly updated app for the iPhone and iPad. It has been featured as the iTunes “app of the week” five times. The success of this app lies in its simplicity. It enables users to find local recycling opportunities no matter where they are. It lets the user know when, why and how to recycle a variety of items based on their location. It also has a social media component and is compatible with Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for a restaurant that supports your raw food diet or an eco-friendly hotel? inBloom helps users find environmentally friendly and sustainable businesses near them. Businesses include restaurants, farmers markets, grocery stores, hotels, electric charging stations, clothing stores and more. Originally only available in New York City, inBloom is now available in several metropolitan areas, with more being added on a regular basis.

Food

Whatever your dietary needs or preferences, the HealthyOut app can help you find a restaurant nearby where you can stick to your plan. Once you’ve selected a restaurant, this app will help you find dishes served by the restaurant that adhere to your dietary needs. Includes entries for vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, low sodium and more.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a way to find out if the fish you’re thinking of buying or ordering is sustainable and ocean-friendly through its Seafood Watch app. The newest version of the app also includes Project Fish Map, where users can share the locations of markets and restaurants where you’ve encountered sustainable seafood.

Reducing Waste

If you’ve ever opened your mailbox and wondered how many trees had to die for the volumes of junk mail that will go straight into your garbage can, you’re not alone. You know you can unsubscribe to this stuff, but they don’t make it easy. Fortunately, the PaperKarma app does. All you do with this app is take a snapshot from your phone of each piece of junkmail. PaperKarma can determine where it came from and will make it stop.

Home composting eliminates waste and results in the nutrient-rich compost that’s so important in organic gardening. The Home Composting app offers a step-by-step guide on making your own compost. It includes videos, hints and tips, quizzes, and instructions for making a compost bin.

Outdoors

Lovers of the great outdoors will love the Sierra Club Trail Explorer, which has over 40,000 trails in its database. Users can find nature trails from their current location, check in at the trail track routes, write reviews, add new trails, view live stats, take geo-tagged photos and more.

If you’ve ever wondered “What tree is that?,” The Arbor Day Foundation has the app for you. The award-winning What Tree is That? app offers a step-by-step guide for identifying over 250 trees in the U.S. and Canada. It includes beautiful botanical photos and illustrations to aid in identifying trees, and once you’ve identified a tree, you’ll find detailed information on the tree including potential size, identifying traits, hardiness zone and more. You can even map which trees you’ve found and where you’ve found them.

While these apps are a great start, don’t just limit yourself to these ones. Search terms such as “environmental,” “sustainable,” “outdoors,” “recycle,” “green living,” and “vegetarian” can lead you to a treasure trove of green living apps, and many of them are free.

Kristin Marino writes about health and nutrition for several websites and is a regular contributor to Nutritionist-World.com.

 

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