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In the past, environmentalists and eco-friendly enthusiasts have resorted to sheer creativity and ingenuity to help out Mother Nature. Resorting to looking for recycling centers in the phonebook or calling an operator for local information on recycling materials is a thing of the past. With increases in technology and the wide variety of apps on the market, however, doing nice things for the environment has never been easier or more convenient, even while running around town.
So, how can technology make your eco-friendly endeavors easier? Below are three top “green” gadgets that you can download and utilize in your eco-friendly pursuits:
This app is one of the most, if not the most progressive “green” app on the market. The environmentally helpful features that iRecycle has are numerous and incredibly useful. This app can help you find a local recycling center in your hometown or even while traveling around the country or abroad. Additionally, you have the option to see what materials each recycling center will accept, so you do not have to take any materials back home with you. What’s more, the app will use your “current location,” to automatically show which recycling centers are within a close radius. Through this feature you have access to over 110,000 recycling centers and disposal locations, accepting over 240,000 types of recyclable materials, including plastic, glass, aluminum and even electronics, like cell phones and computers. Since iRecycle’s most recent update, it offers an up to date list of “green” events in your local area and even allows you the freedom to add any unlisted events that you may know of to share with other app users.
Lastly, and perhaps the most insightful aspect of iRecycle is that it provides direct access to content from Earth911.com, including “green” news, tips and hundreds of articles and stories for the eco-friendly enthusiast’s enjoyment. Best of all, the app is FREE!
Have you ever wanted to optimize your fuel economy without the headache of crunching numbers and taking note every time you stop at the gas station? Me too! In fact, greenMETER may just be your saving grace. Through an elaborate accelerometer depicted directly on your smartphone’s screen, the app measures your car’s gas usage simultaneously while you drive. This is truly a sight to see – I am still trying to figure out the technology behind it. Don’t believe me? Check out this video demonstration:
Also, greenMeter measures the amount of power your car produces while driving, along with the measure of carbon emissions it emits. Of course, you will have to input some rather simple details about your car, including which grade fuel you use and the current weather. All and all, using greenMeter will allow you to constantly monitor and tweak your driving in real time to ensure you get the most efficient gas millage for your car. The app costs $5.99, which is a small price to pay for the amount you will save at the gas pump.
Perhaps, the most convenient app for eco-conscious consumers, GoodGuide reviews many common household products featured in many popular stores on their kindness to the environment, social accountability, and any potential health concerns that are associated with the product. Pretty much any item or product your can think of or find at your favorite store will be on GoodGuide – from cleaning products and personal hygiene items to packaged food/beverages and clothing items. What makes this app so convenient is that instead of looking each item up before your shopping trip, you can simply scan the barcodes of each item with your phone as your shop. Then, you will have all the environmentally conscious information, literally at your fingertips. This app is also offered FREE!
While the three previously mentioned “green” apps will not likely cure global warming in a day, they are a part of a progressive movement to help heal and ultimately save the environment from the harm that has already been done. As an eco-conscious citizen you know your role and how you can help, the aforementioned apps are provided simply to make that job easier and more convenient.