We are all guilty of spending too much time on our computers and phones. Not only is this bad for both our physical, emotional and mental health, but it’s bad for the environment, too. Below are some awesome apps that can help us give back to the environment, control our screen time and live more sustainably. If there is something that you are particularly passionate about, look it up! I wouldn’t be surprised if there is already an app for it.
Ecosia: This is an awesome search engine that uses its profits to help plant trees all around the world! Their servers run on of 100% renewable energy, they are privacy friendly and completely transparent. I’m happy to say that I replaced Google Chrome with Ecosia and I love it! Ecosia plants trees where they are most needed and helps to benefit people, economies and the local environment. Make this simple search engine switch and you’ll be making a big difference. Click here!
Flora – Focus Habit Tracker: This is a free app that will help you and your family or friends disconnect from your phones while helping to plant trees.
App Summary: Whenever you and friends want to stay away from the distraction on smartphones, plant a seed together (or alone) using Flora. As you focus on what’s more important in the real life, the seed will gradually grow into a healthy tree. But if anyone cannot resist using the phone, the tree will be killed. Need STRONG incentive to concentrate? Challenge yourself by setting a Price before planting a tree. So, if you kill the tree you pay the price to plant a REAL tree on Earth.
Forest – Stay Focused: This is a similar focusing app which was recommended to me by a friend! Forest has planted over 445,000 trees to date and the app costs $1.99.
App Summary: If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither. The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone, and will help you make better use of your time. Stop getting distracted by your phone, make you self-motivated and get more things done. Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth. When our users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, Forest team donates our partner and create orders of planting.
#Climate: Always be up to date with the latest environmental news and share these stories with others using this free app. It’s so important to be aware and spread awareness as to what is happening in the world!
EWG Food Scores: Look up foods that you eat in this app created by the Environmental Working Group to see what’s really in your food. This free app has three food scoring factors: nutrition concerns, ingredient concerns and processing concerns.
Dropcountr: Use this free app to help manage and reduce your water consumption, whether its at home, school or work. Connect your water utility company to the app and set a new water budget goal!