We've all done it - downloaded snazzy new apps with the full intention of using them, only for them to sit idle on our phones. So, we've curated a refined list of the top 5 apps that we're using to make more sustainable habits in 2020.
When storage space on your phone is limited, you want to make sure everything that's on there serves a purpose. Rather than giving you a list of hundreds of apps that will help you to make more sustainable decisions (which we definitely could have done) we've gone through our phones to bring you the top 5 apps that we're using and will really help you to make greener choices in 2020.
OLIO makes it easier for us to minimise our food waste by matching our excess food with a neighbour who might need or want it. As their website makes clear... "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 when you go away." There's also a section for non-food items. Simply snap a picture of your product, write a description + post and bob's your uncle.
Depop is an online marketplace with a focus on fashion. With my New Year commitment to buy as few new items as possible and although we're only a few weeks in, it's already been a lifesaver. I've also noticed friends using it as a great side-hustle, using their profiles to promote different styles and niches - from vintage tee dresses, to athlesiure - chic. It's great if you know what you're looking for, a bit like prepping your meals before you go to the supermarket.
We've all been there - we've run out of water and want to ask someone if they wouldn't mind filling our bottles up for us... but we fear the rejection! That's where Refill comes in, making it easier for us to keep hydrated while reducing our plastic pollution. And if it wasn't clear in 2019, carrying a reusable bottle is the thing to do. Carry it with you, then use the app to find your nearest station, we've even seen stations popping up in airports!
4. Happy Cow
As we pursue a more plant-based diet in 2020, we'll be using Happy Cow to find restaurants that offer vegan options, from a database of 108,000+ restaurants in over 108+ countries. We love the fact that it's international and have even tested it ourselves in China - which worked like a dream. You can filter by many criteria including diet, cuisine type and location. It's a community-based app, which means you can upload your reviews + photos - perfect for food adventures!
5. Think Dirty
Think Dirty is an app which makes it easy to learn about potentially toxic ingredients in your beauty and personal care products. Simply scan the barcode and Think Dirty provides an easy-to- understand summary and rating of the toxicity of your product. They have over 800,000 products listed on there at the moment, most of these are US/Canadian products, but it's always worth checking to see whether you product is on their too.
So, what do you think of our list? Is there anything we haven't covered? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know so we can share the knowledge!