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Want to Live More Sustainably? Try These Apps

Wouldn’t it be great if sustainability felt a lot more attainable and actionable? As easy as opening an app on your phone and being told what to do and what’s right from wrong? Well, you’re in luck because it really is that simple! If you’ve decided to be more green, you’ll want all of the following apps in the palm of your hands. 

1. Good on You

Sustainable shopping can seem rather intimidating when you’re not sure if a brand’s conscious claims are completely true. Fortunately, the Good on You app does all the homework for you by pulling together information across thousands of brands and includes information such as how people are treated across their supply chain, whether their resource-use harms the planet and if there is any unethical use of animal products. With ratings that range from 1 (best avoided) to 5 (great), the app also lets you browse specific products by categories (dresses, shoes, jeans etc.) and presents you with a fully approved list of sustainable brands that offer them. Voilà!

Free on App Store and Google Play

2. Think Dirty

The skincare and cosmetic industry is notorious for animal testing and using toxic ingredients and hormone disrupting chemicals in their ‘magic formulas’. We owe it to ourselves and the planet to make more informed choices with our beauty purchases. The Think Dirty app lets you do just that (and so much more) with their database of over 550,000 products that help you shop better. From vegan product suggestions to a unique barcode scanner that generates a ‘Dirty Meter’ report on any product you come across — this app is an absolute necessity! 

Free on App Store and Google Play

3. Happy Cow

If you are a vegan, then you’ve probably been faced with the common dilemma of scouring every restaurant menu to disappointingly find that little green leaf only appears next to an unexciting dish or two. But with the Happy Cow app, this problem is history — you can search for exclusively vegan and vegetarian restaurants along with establishments that nail both — use in your neighbourhood across 175 countries!

Paid on App Store and Google Play

4. JouleBug

If the concept of becoming a sustainable person seems extremely overwhelming and unattainable, you are not alone (SEND HELP!). But what if we told you that you can turn being green into a game by participating in challenges with your friends on social media and tracking your environmental impact? The JouleBug app makes sustainable living social, simple and fun to implement into your everyday life. You are also awarded points with each ‘positive action’ that correlates to the impact it's had on your wallet and environment. WOWZA!

Free on App Store and Google Play 

5. SDGs in Action

An ideal app for those sustainable shoppers that are just starting out, the SDG’s are a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations that encourage countries and citizens to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change. ZAVI is already fulfilling 5 of the UN SDG's and constantly working on meeting more. This app helps you find out what you can do to achieve the goals, create your own events and invite others to join you in sustainable actions and events.

Free on App Store and Google Play 

Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2020-07-28

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