Do you know your phone screen time? I recently checked mine and it freaked me out! I spend at least 4 hours a day on my phone!!! It is 1/6 of my day so I’d rather make that time count, learn, reduce my impact and use the best Sustainability Apps.
Joke apart, even though eco bloggers and influencers are excellent at proving the ethical and sustainable lifestyle easy, it can be tough. Once you bought your reusable coffee cup and switched to ethical brands, the work is not done.
You need to push a little further, change more resisting habits and nasty mindset. In order to make it a bit more accessible and within your reach, using an easy tool is the best option. What’s better than the best sustainability apps to help you pick up new habits. After all, your phone is always in your pocket so you might as well grab it to improve yourself and lower your impact.
I selected for you the best apps to help you through your transition.
1. Ecosia: the search engine that plants trees
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees with the revenues generated by its paid ads. You could be sustainable, fight deforestation and protect the environment only by browsing the web. It is as amazing as it sounds, read our article to discover what Ecosia search engine is and how you can use it from now.
2. Vinted, Depop, Poshmark: the sustainable shopping apps
Depending on where you live, you will be able to download one of those. I love using Vinted because that is the one working best in France, where my parents are based as well as the clothes I do not wear. (Come on, I am sure I am not the only one using my family home as free storage!)
Here is the link to create an account. I send you my invite link so I can receive a little money if you become a member. If you enjoy the app, you will be able to share your link as well ?
3. BlaBla Car & Flixbus: the best Sustainability Apps to travel
Unless you find a train for your journey which is the be more eco-friendly travel option, those two sustainable apps are a must.
Flixbus is awesome to travel Europe. They cover a high number of destinations, the application work very well, the buses are on time and comfortable… It is the best way to travel according to me because it is super cheap and much more eco-friendly than flying.
For shorter distance, I love blablabla car! It works very well in Europe and even here in Mexico. If you plan on driving your own car, please first look into blablabla car, you might find someone to share a vehicle with. It is better to do the journey with 5 people in the car than solo. It cuts out CO2 emissions very effectively while being much more affordable for all parties.
As I rarely buy new, I do not have it but I highly recommend it if you are new to sustainable fashion.
The app rates the fashion brands to give you an overview of how ethical the brands are. It is a great help to deepen your understanding and to avoid greenwashing.
5. Too Good To Go
The app connects people to stores to reduce food waste. The stores offer big discounts on food items that are perfectly edible but that they won’t be able to send at the end of the day.
Olio also aims to reduce food waste, but they connect both neighbours with each other and Food Waste Hero volunteers with local businesses, to share food. It’s fast, free and friendly!
7. Deliciously Ella: plant-based recipes
It is now a well-known fact that the best thing you can do to lower your impact is to reduce your meat consumption. As a vegan, I highly recommend adopting this lifestyle and its diet but if it is not a commitment you are interested in, you can still reduce your animal product intake and make a huge difference.
Deliciously Ella is a gem if you are new to plant-based cooking or even if you look for new recipes. Those are simple and the app is user-friendly. You can create your weekly meal plan and prepare your shopping list within the app. A must for me!
The yoga videos and meditation are also very helpful if you look for a daily dose of exercise and/or headspace.
8. Insight timer
Speaking about meditation and yoga, I highly recommend meditating with Insight Timer. I have always felt like there was a deep connection between self-consciousness and being sustainable. I could not explain it at first but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
We all have two homes. Our earth and our body
I love the quote: “We all have two homes. Our earth and our body” because it explains my feeling. Taking care of our body and taking care of our earth are interconnected because we live via and thanks to them. It takes a lot of respect and love to protect them and yoga and meditation provide both.
Besides, by being more conscious and mindful (qualities you develop during meditation), you are awake and aware of all the little miracles of your daily life. You appreciate and value more the small pleasures like a delicious cup of coffee and a walk in the park. Your satisfaction as a result will rely on internal experiences rather than possessions and shopping addictions.
More yoga apps here
9. Instagram of course
Despite my love hate relationship with the app, it remains an easy way to find more knowledge and inspiration around sustainability. The actors of the ethical and eco-friendly niches are particularly active on IG.
Here is a list of vegan accounts, you might want to look at and here some of my favourite ethical fashion accounts.
10. Think Dirty
The aim of this app is to spot skin care ingredients to avoid easily! You scan the label and it allows you to get the composition and a grade for the product. As we know that the chemicals in your skincare are polluting the water, choosing it wisely helps protecting the environment. Read more in the dedicated blog post: https://www.attitudeorganic.com/skin-care-ingredients-to-avoid-app/
11. Ebooks: An Easy Sustainability Apps Switch
To be able to read digital format and save paper.
I hope all these Sustainability Apps gave you a few ideas to take the next step towards the more conscious you! They are all easy to use and will help during your sustainable transition. The sustainability apps I shared with you are mostly working in the UK but I would love to do some extra research for you if you live anywhere else. Feel free to either comment here with your question or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t wait to hear from you x