Top 10 Best (Free!) Green Apps: Part One

Let's face it: going green would be a lot easier if we were able to know in the push of a button just which products were locally made, how to recycle all our trash, and where the closest farmer's market is located. Fortunately, through the magic of technology, the answers to these questions and more are now readily available at our fingertips through the creation of a plethora of new, innovative eco-friendly apps for smart phones. Below are five completely free apps to help your day-to-day life be just a little bit greener:

  1. iRecycle (iOS, iPad, Android)
    With over 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials, this app makes recycling a breeze by using your current location to help identify a nearby solution to your recycling questions.

  2. Locavore (iOS, Android)
    The idea behind Locavore is simple: help the environment, shrink your carbon footprint, and reduce waste by locating good, local food. The app includes a list of local farmer’s markets, what’s in season in your city or town, and shares with social networks just what local snacks you’re devouring on any given day.

  3. GoodGuide (iOS, Android)
    A website-turned-app, this resource allows you to scan barcodes while shopping to ensure you are purchasing the most environmentally responsible, green products possible based on scientific ratings. Creating a “personal settings” filter also allows for users to find products that match their individual values.

  4. Mailstop (iOS, iPad)
    Don’t know what to do about all that junk mail? Snap photos of mail you no longer wish to receive and MailStop turns your iPhone into a tool for stopping it and, thus, reducing waste. The app submits an opt-out request with each company and track their responses for you in an online account.

  5. Green Genie (iOS, iPad)
    If you’re looking to achieve a new set of eco-friendly goals, Green Genie has a robust database of green tips, resources, terminology, external readings, projects, and more designed to help you get started in the right direction. The app also allows you to see how small changes made to your lifestyle add up to big environmental impacts.

Check back tomorrow for part two of our round-up, and share your favorite green apps in the comment section below!

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