Apps and websites for a healthier planet
With Green Consumer Day celebrated globally in September, many of us are looking for ways to be a bit more eco-friendly in our daily lives.
The internet and our mobile phone are two of our most helpful allies here – they’re full of apps and websites that let us know how to start making a difference. Take a look at our roundup:
Conscious Consumers began in 2010 to give kiwi companies the chance to accredit themselves for things like their recycling and packaging practices, being Fairtrade, organic or free range. That means as a shopper you can use the website and the app to make more conscious decisions about what you buy.
This site is really simple and practical, with a range of places to start if you want to contribute to the health of the planet. The idea is you only need to change one thing to help ‘unf*ck’ – there are a whole bunch of hints from food shopping and packaging to recycling, water, energy and paper use.
This app tells you which New Zealand companies don’t test their products on animals, nor sell their products in countries where animal testing is legally required. ecostore is on the list and we also carry the PETA logo on our packs to let consumers know we’re cruelty free.
Forest and Bird aimed to help us make more sustainable seafood choices when it released the Best Fish Guide in 2013. It uses a traffic light system to rank each locally farmed species for ecological sustainability, from the worst in red to the best in green.
The #climate platform has a range of actions you can take to help tackle climate change – once you customize your profile to show which topics you’re interested in, the actions are shown to you in a personalised list. You can also share your actions with your social media networks and track your shares and your contribution.
The Farmstand app makes it easier to find locally grown foods by showing you farmers markets in your area, and giving buyers the chance to share info and photos from the markets they’ve visited.
If you find your home crammed with things you often don’t use or that someone else could benefit from, you might want to follow the guidelines in this website. They have some great tips like bringing your own bottle, cup or shopping bag; supporting local providers; buying used instead of new; avoiding excessive packaging and buying experiences instead of things.