Today, more than ever, we’re looking for new ways to manage our environmental impact.
A survey conducted by Dutch bank ING revealed that 74% of people would rate the environment as more important than economic growth.
Granted, this survey was conducted in 2019 – before the outbreak of Coronavirus – but it shows how priorities have changed in the modern day.
The capability of technology has expanded rapidly in recent years, and mobile apps are now a valuable resource for driving change.
As we all seek to do better, a greener future is potentially at our fingertips. Here are some of the best sustainability apps to help you manage your environmental impact.
Good On You
For eco-conscious fashion lovers.
The Good On You app helps you discover ethical and sustainable fashion labels from around the world, while offering brand ratings as you shop.
Their database houses over 2,000 fashion brands, which are assessed through a robust rating system and score based on their impact on people, the planet and animals.
Simply type in the name of a brand or a type of garment and Good On You will instantly provide a rating out of five along with a few lines on how ethical the company is.
Just window-shopping? That’s cool too. The app will keep you up-to-date with the latest in ethical fashion, styling tips and interviews.
The Good On You app is bridging a gap to make the fashion industry more transparent and encourage responsible purchasing decisions in the process.
Too Good To Go
Food waste saviours Too Good To Go (TGTG) are on a mission to change how we think about waste food.
Recognising that, globally, we throw away 3.5 million tonnes of food every day, this social impact company serves up a fresh take on consumption.
Introducing ‘Magic Bags’. Bought through the app you’ll have a general idea at what your bag will contain (think salads, sandwiches and pastries) but the contents will be a surprise.
TGTG have designed the app to give the stores total flexibility to ensure nothing gets thrown away, while you get to enjoy an exciting and equally delicious discovery for a reduced price.
“The app powers our efforts to impact wider societal change, making food waste a talking point everywhere from schools to households to parliament.”
Too Good To Go
There are benefits for organisations who partner with TGTG.
With nearly 50,000 partners worldwide, companies are able to turn potential waste into working income, as well as having a new audience sample their products.
Recognised as a certified B Corp, and with some of the biggest foodservice brands under their belt, Too Good To Go has introduced a new meaning to the term ‘guilt-free food’.
Looking to grow your sustainable brand?
Impact investing opens a new door to unleash the power of finance as a force for good.
OpenInvest is one of many new FinTech companies building their clients’ investment portfolios based on socio-economic initiatives.
They actively divest away from harmful industries (tobacco, fossil fuels, weapons) and reroute funds into causes that fight deforestation, reduce greenhouse gases and promote ethical supply chains.
They’ve been picked up by finance media kingpins, Forbes and the Financial Times, amongst others, helping raise the profile of a new generation of value-based investors who recognise that you don’t have to sacrifice returns to do good on investments.
What sets OpenInvest apart from other impact investors is that they engage with their clients on the socio-economic factors that matter most to them.
Using impact reporting, both investor and client are able to clearly understand the potential of their investments.
“OpenInvest’s concrete impact metrics convert investment dollars into tangible numbers like the percentage of women in leadership and tons of CO2 kept out of the atmosphere.”
Simply open a brokerage account, fund the account and OpenInvest will handle the rest. With a minimum investment amount of $100, you can start small and grow your portfolio from there.
For those looking to start impact investing on an even smaller scale, Tickr is on a mission to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what their budget is. You can start with a monthly amount as low as £5 to test the waters.
It’s super easy to set up, just pick your preferred theme, choose a risk level and input how much you want to top up your account with each month. Tickr will even manage your portfolio for a small £1 monthly handling fee.
If you’re digging into your personal carbon footprint, Oroeco offers a unique take on carbon calculating.
One of the most comprehensive sustainability apps, it displays how every aspect of your life contributes to global warming, including how you travel, your eating habits and shopping choices.
Oroeco also provides an opportunity to support carbon offset projects that help people and the planet.
“Our personalised tips show you which climate actions will reduce the most pollution while saving you money.”
Designed and built by a team of tech pioneers, gaming pro’s, innovators and Nobel Prize-winning climate scientists, Oroeco provides full life-cycle sustainability data from a range of trusted partners to help you make informed lifestyle choices.
Credited by Mashable as the “#1 app to make you more environmentally friendly”. Oroeco has raised the bar in personal sustainability.
Oroeco is only available on Android in the UK currently. Watch this space for the iOS version.
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Unlike the other sustainability apps we’ve mentioned so far, this is a platform rather than a sustainability app, but worth a mention.
With big claims for being the “World’s largest product sustainability database”, HowGood offers a whole view on lifestyle products.
They’re a mission-led, independent research company with the largest database on food and personal care product sustainability in the industry. HowGood has rated over one million products using a high-level scoring system. A system that takes packaging, transportation and factory processing conditions into consideration while digging down into the supply chain and raw materials.
In real-time, brands are able to assess sourcing decisions, improve the impact of their products and act on key purchasing drivers.
Their research network is supported by purpose-based pioneers including the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade America, and with a glowing write-up from the General Mills Sustainability Team, HowGood offers brands the chance to build a sustainable strategy using first-rate data.
“We owe a big thank you to HowGood guiding, inspiring and pushing us throughout our KPI development process.”
General Mills, Triple Bottom Line Operating Unit, Sustainability Team.
Sustainability has moved up our agenda and forced companies to cast a greener eye over their offering. The ING survey also found that 66% of European respondents said that companies should expect a backlash if they don’t take ambitious action on environmental issues; highlighting the importance of being a force for good from a business and personal point of view.