Time to tap in and save the planet with these eco-friendly apps
Good old Dr Seuss was a 'green' guy ahead of his time.
He didn’t just give us whimsical nonsensical rhymes to encourage reading skills. Oh no. He also wisely foresaw our society’s destructive ‘thneeds’ and said: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
For those of you not in the know - “a thneed’s a fine-something-that-all-people-need!”
Quite simply - a ‘thneed’ is something everyone has to have, even though they don’t actually need it.
Just like smartphones, tablets and cars - ‘thneeds’ are manufactured and purchased in great quantities, regardless of what they do to our planet.
Consumer desires trump environmental concerns. But what if we could use our luxury playthings for good instead of evil?
While the ‘greenness’ of some of our favourite electronics is debatable - they could actually be really useful tools for a sustainable life.
From helping you conserve power, to organic cooking, to understanding climate change, these apps will all get you on the right path to improving not only your life but also our planet as well:
From shrinking seas to devastated rainforests to melting glaciers, Fragile Earth is a stunning new photography app giving a birds-eye view of on-going climate change, urbanisation and nature’s raw power. The idea behind the app is to chart humanity’s trail of destruction while challenging us to do something about it. From the artificial islands of Dubai to the receding Briksdalsbreen glacier - Fragile Earth provides a visually stunning but shocking look at the way our planet is changing. While it’s certainly intriguing, we can’t help wishing there was more practicality to it. However, it does make for a great educational tool. Cost: $2.99
The Green Outlet app can help you save money in addition to living on the greener side of the fence. One great way of conserving energy and reducing your electricity bill is to find out which appliances are the biggest drains in your home. This app allows you to enter your current rate (per kilowatt hour), select anything from an Xbox to a fish tank to see what it’s really costing you and the earth. Green Outlet also adds up your household carbon footprint. Cost: $0.99
Blackle.com works to save energy ‘one search at a time’. It saves energy because the screen is predominantly black - whereas a monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a dark one. This way, every time you load your internet browser you save a little bit of energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search. Cost: Free
This app is designed for the list-maker types. It displays a calendar and asks you to list five ‘green’ things you’ve done each day. The built-in calendar is then marked with a shade of green correlated to how many things you did to be sustainable. The more accomplishments you list, the darker the green for that date. It’s a handy way of tracking how diligent you’ve been over time with a little game mechanics thrown in. Cost: $1.99
Green Kitchen helps you whip up organic vegetarian food that is sustainable and requires less energy consumption. The recipes are handpicked with ingredients straight from nature; using whole grains and seeds, good fats, unrefined sugars and no meat. Cost: $3.99