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Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Apps That Help You Live a Greener Life | Family Economics

By

Diane Hoffmaster 

            

In today's society, most people keep their cell phone attached to their hip. There are definitely pros and cons of staying connected 24/7, but one benefit is that it can help us live a greener life. If you find yourself needing reminders or more detailed information about reducing your carbon footprint, these apps might be a big help to you!

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iRecycle helps you find local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. It offers you more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. This app is great when you are cleaning out your garage and don't know where to bring those old tires or wood scraps!

The Seafood Watch App allows you to analyze your seafood purchases before you buy.  Choosing seafood that is harvested sustainably is important for the long term survival of many fish species. This handy app will let you research your dinner before you buy it!

PaperKarma will help you reduce the amount of junk mail in your mailbox and as a result you will be throwing away a lot less paper! The app lets you take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop. Snap a photo, and you're done. You will be removed from their distribution list and that is one less piece of junk mail in your mailbox!

Zero Carbon is a personal carbon footprint calculator. If you are wondering what your true impact is on the environment, you might want to check this out. This app reports the greenhouse gas emissions that your daily habits create. It also gives you simple tips to reduce your emissions and thus reduce your carbon footprint.

Green Tips & Tricks is a great go green resource for tips and tricks on living an eco-friendly lifestyle. It offers tons of environmental tips for making your life a little greener. The tips are short and sweet and there is an option for sharing them on social media to encourage others to live green as well!

Have you found an app that helps you to live greener?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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