Nowadays, it seems that there is an app for pretty much everything. Cooking apps, shopping apps, gaming apps, news apps – you name it! The list is endless! It comes as no surprise, then, that there are several popular sustainable and ethical apps available to download to your smart phone. So, without further ado, here is Fashion ComPassion’s top 5 ethical and environmental apps which can help you live a more sustainable life.
1. "Social Impact" – For iPhone - Free
"Social Impact" is an award winning app which uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find local socially responsible enterprises – including restaurants, coffee shops, and craft stores. This ‘map app’ also includes useful information about the retailers’ products, their social impact and their location and opening times. Simple and easy to use, "Social Impact" aims to expand the market for socially-minded enterprises by making it easier for customers to find them. Currently available as a website and as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.
2. "Instead" – For iPhone - Free
"Instead" is a app which encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases, like buying a coffee or getting a takeaway, with micro-donations to charitable causes. "Instead" also keeps a log of every donation you make, showing you all the charities which have benefited from your contribution. With its simple and well-designed layout and a large choice of charities to choose from, this app reminds us that even the smallest donation can make a real difference. Available as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.
3. "Free2Work" – For iPhone / Android - Free
"Free2Work" is a app which provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour. The Free2Work organisation promotes transparency by rating and evaluating a brand or company on based on its efforts to address the issues of forced and child labour throughout their supply chain. Their app allows customers to scan a product’s barcode to see whether a company has proper effective polices in place to prevent such labour from happening. Useful and informative. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.
4. "The GoodGuide" – For iPhone / Android - Free
"The GoodGuide" is a app which enables customers to make informed decisions by revealing the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they’re buying on a regular basis. The app retrieves health, environmental and social performance ratings for over 120,000 products including food, toys and detergents. The app also includes a barcode scanner, making it incredibly easy to retrieve information and product ratings whilst you shop. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.
5. iRecycle – For iPhone / Android - Free
"iRecycle" is a app which allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities. Using a colourful and easy to use interface, the app provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials all at a touch of a button. Moreover, "iRecycle" provides vital information for each recycling spot, including a checklist of all other materials accepted. The app also provides its users with the latest in green news and ideas and various social media options. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.