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7 Of The Best Sustainable Living Apps

Kira Simpson

Want to learn how to live greener?

As with nearly everything in the modern world, there’s an app for that.

Living a more sustainable and eco-friendly life has never been easier. One quick download and you have a world of green living tips, tricks and advice, right in the palm of your hand.

Whether your need to see how an ethical fashion brand rates, how to grow your favourite herbs or want to know how to reduce your carbon footprint, these 7 sustainable living apps are here to help.

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Good On You

This is the ultimate ethical shopping guide for Australian brands. The Good On You app encourages you to vote with your wallet for the kind of world you want to live in. It’s incredibly easy to use, just search the app for the brand name or the type of product you want and click on the brand to see how they rate. The rating scores brands on their labour, environmental and animal rights practices. This little gem provides you with all the information you need to make informed purchasing choices while you’re out shopping. They also have some great discounts and offers exclusive to app users!

Refresh Go Green

The Refresh Project is the brainchild of two beautiful earth mamas, Belinda and Robyn. They wanted to inspire people to live a cleaner and greener life by making subtle changes in their everyday lives. The Go Green app guides you through 52 simple steps to green your home and your life. Select your level and start making small changes every day to contribute to a cleaner home, a healthier you and a better world!

Love Food Hate Waste

The average Australian household chucks out up to 20% of the food they purchase every week, that adds up to 345kg of food every year, which collectively creates over 4,000,000 tonnes of food waste, which equals a whopping 8 BILLION DOLLARS worth of food being thrown out!!! What a waste! But you can do something about it. The Love Food Hate Waste app helps you cut your food waste by helping you create delicious meals using the leftovers in your fridge. The app includes a shopping list, meal planner and hundreds of recipes to help you waste less.

Sustainable Homes

A fantastic home building and renovating guide and useful source of information for someone looking to update, renovate or build a sustainable house. The Sustainable Homes app is jam packed full of information and expert advice about sustainable design, off-grid energy systems, solar installation, power storage and energy efficiency. It also includes a portfolio of energy-efficient homes.

Sustainability Aware

These are a collection of educational, green living apps aimed at primary school kids from grade three through to grade six (8-12 years old). They teach children about making sustainable lifestyle choices, caring for the planet, how our way of living impacts the environment and what they can do to help. The younger levels teach kids about healthy eating, animal friends facing challenges and green products for a greener planet. The apps aimed at older children take a look at more complex problems such as sustainable energy, transport, water sources and climate change. Regardless of the level, each of the apps aims to arm children with information about our changing world to empower them to take control and make positive change.

The Garden Planner

If you’re anything like me, you may be lacking the green thumb and only have to look at a plant to kill it! Although, my home collection is not doing too badly! If you’re up for the challenge and have thought about starting your own backyard garden, then The Garden Planner app was designed for you. Described as a personal trainer for vegetable gardeners, this gardening app was created for those of us who are a little challenged in the planting department. Detailed planting guides show you how and when to plant your veges and when it’s time to harvest. The apps sets reminders, which are plugged into weather updates to ensure your food has the best chance at life. Designed with all gardens in mind, from large blocks of land, small urban gardens to apartments with small balcony pot plants. The app also includes an interactive component so you can watch your garden grow online.

Sustainable Seafood Guide

The fishing industry as a whole is extremely unsustainable however, we need to take into account the economy and the people it employs when trying to protect the environment. So there needs to be a happy balance, andI found this app to be handy in helping me choose the better option. Organisations like WWF are partnering with companies to improve the sustainability of their seafood supply, and educate consumers about sustainable seafood choices. If you love your fish then Sustainable Seafood Guide is the app for you.

Do you have any to add to the list?

Image via Good On You

Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.