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10 Apps for a More Sustainable Life

We have gathered a list of 10 free apps that can help you live more sustainably in all aspects of your everyday life.

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1) Too Good To Go

Globally, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year. That’s around 1/3 of the world’s food that goes to waste!

One of our favorite apps is Too Good To Go! With Too Good To Go you can help rescue food from local cafés, bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets that hasn’t been sold by the end of the day. The Too Good To Go app lets you buy and collect this food at a reduced price so it gets eaten instead of wasted. You won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up – that’s all part of the surprise! But trust us – you will only be positively surprised!

Download Too Good To Go: App Store / Google Play

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2) Ecosia

An easy way to help reduce your footprint is to switch to the Ecosia search engine!

Ecosia is a free web search engine that plants trees for every search they get. This means that for every web search you make, you help clear 1 kg of CO2 from the environment. So far, they have planted more than 145 million trees. You even get your own tree counter to see how many trees your searches have planted.

Their servers are powered by 100% renewable energy, they are B Corp certified, they don’t sell data to any third parties, and they publish reports every month for full transparency. How great is that?

Download Ecosia: App Store / Google Play / Chrome Extension

Screenshot of Ecosia search engine
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3) Good on You

The global fashion industry has a huge problem with pollution, waste and human rights abuses. Good On You is here to give you the insight you need to make an informed choice when buying clothes.

Good On You rates fashion brands in terms of how sustainable and ethical they are. The app lets you easily check the impact of your favourite fashion brands on the issues you care about. Use the app to discover better alternatives and learn more about ethical fashion shopping. Browse more than 3000 brands that have been rated on a score from We Avoid (1) to Great (5) for their impact on people, the planet, and animals.

With Good On You you can wear the change you want to see and when you are ready to shop – stop by thecomarche.com – as here is a wide selection of products carefully curated from only responsible and conscious brands. The Comarché makes it easy for you to make the better choice when shopping for yourself, your home or your loved ones.

Download Good on You: App Store / Google Play

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4) Beat the Microbead

Did you know that loads of cosmetics and personal care products contain microplastics? Microplastics are tiny plastic particles, smaller than 5 mm, and they are often put in cosmetics and personal care products with the function of scrubbing, exfoliating, emulsifying agents, or just as cheap fillers.

These microplastics flow from the drain into the sewer system. Unfortunately, wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out these small particles, so the microplastics end up in our waterways and oceans, contributing to plastic pollution. Sea animals end up eating these plastic particles and can pass them along the marine food chain, ultimately resulting in us humans ingesting microplastics.

Microplastics are not biodegradable and once they enter the environment, they are almost impossible to remove. With the Beat the Microbead app you can easily check your cosmetics and personal care products for plastic ingredients and help prevent them from entering our waterways. Just scan the ingredients of your products and check them for microplastics.

Download Beat the Microbead: App Store / Google Play

Screenshot of Beat the Microbead app
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5) Ailuna

Ailuna helps you build sustainable habits and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The app presents you with a series of “dares” that focus on specific lifestyle changes such as saving water or buying nothing new. You can also chat and compete with others in the app as well as explore tips and tricks to further engrain those habits.

After completing a dare you can share your achievement with friends and move on to the next. The app makes it fun to develop habits that are good for you and the planet.

Download Ailuna: App Store / Google Play

Similar apps: Joulebug and Eevie.

Ailuna app
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6) Clean Swell

Help keep beaches, waterways and oceans trash free with the Clean Swell app. Head out to your favourite beach and use the app to easily record each item of trash you collect, and then share your effort with family and friends.

Wherever you are around the world, when you press ”Start collecting”, the trash you collect will be uploaded to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. These data deliver a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers insight to inform solutions.

With the app you can track your clean-up history, see the total weight of the trash you collect and learn scientific facts about the impact of trash on ocean animals and what you can do to help.

Download Clean Swell: App Store / Google Play

Clean Swell app in use

7) HappyCow

A plant-based diet is more sustainable than a meat-based diet as the meat-based food system requires far more energy, land, and water resources.

Happy Cow helps you find veggie and vegan restaurants, food trucks, cafés, juice bars and more. See nearby establishments and what they have to offer, along with user reviews, opening hours, contact numbers and directions. It has never been easier finding vegan and vegetarian options close to you!

Download HappyCow: App Store / Google Play

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8) Capture – Carbon footprint & CO2 tracker

With the Capture app you can track, reduce, and remove CO2 emissions from your everyday life.

Capture is a carbon footprint tracker that helps you learn more about your carbon emissions and carbon footprint from your daily lifestyle. The app helps you towards achieving a more sustainable lifestyle, whether through more sustainable travel, reducing your dietary carbon footprint, or removing CO2 by offsetting the CO2 emissions you can’t avoid.

Download Capture – Carbon footprint & CO2 tracker: App Store / Google Play

Similar apps: CO2 Hero, Klima, Earth Hero, Joro and Aerial.

Screenshot of Capture app
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9) 30 Wears

The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater, 10% of global carbon emissions, and textile dyeing is the second-largest polluter of water globally. The 30 Wears app wishes to tackle this issue by making us buy fewer clothes and instead use the clothes we already own more.

A lot of us buy clothes and wear them once or twice before they end up in the back of our closets, but each piece of clothing has an impact on our planet, on the people who make it, and on our wallets.

In the app, you can track how many times you’ve worn a piece of clothing, and the idea is to wear every piece of clothing you have at least 30 times. If you are shopping for new clothes, ask yourself: Will I wear this 30 times?

Join the #30wearschallenge and wear your clothes more and buy less to reduce your environmental impact.

Download 30 Wears: App Store / Google Play

30 wears challenge
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10) OLIO

Another way to help fight food waste is with the OLIO app.

OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared instead of thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.

Simply take a photo of the item(s) you want to share, and then any neighbours who also use OLIO will get an alert. You can also browse items your neighbours are willing to share, like food, cleaning products or other miscellaneous items. From there, connect and arrange a pickup time. 

Download Olio: App Store / Google Play

Olio app
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