Eco Apps Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
A quick visit to an online app store can make going green easy and fun. Eco-themed apps turn mobile devices into portals for environmental education and sustainable products—even green games that both kids and adults can feel good about playing.
From fun to informative, following are five of the best eco apps available on iTunes:
- Whirleo, the first game developed in conjunction with global eco-charity 1% for the Planet, lets players control colorful, spinning tops on planet Rotopolis. As they travel, each Whirleo cleans up pollutants released by the begrimed Guzzler. Players swipe and tilt their touch-based smartphones and tablets to make tops whirl across land, sky and water. They locate hidden power-ups, discover magical crystals, solve puzzles and unlock new characters while learning about environmental issues. Developed by Smith & Tinker, Inc. Cost: first seven levels are free, full version is $0.99.
- Light Bulb Finder helps users switch from standard incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs. With simple inputs about bulb and fixture types, the app recommends energy-saving bulbs with the right light quality, fit and style. For each recommendation, Light Bulb Finder calculates financial payback and environmental impact. Energy-saving bulbs can be purchased via the app or at local stores. Developed by Eco Hatchery. Cost: free.
- Green Genie is a complete guide to the sustainable lifestyle. Developed in collaboration with a LEED Accredited Professional and a professional sustainability consultant, this app is more than green tips, it is a massive collection of green projects and resources. Green Genie shows users how to reduce their impact and save money doing it. Developed by HEIST DEVICE. Cost: $0.99.
- Yoink is a fast and easy way to find or give away things close to you. Got a couch that needs a new home? Want a TV for the spare room? Browse the interactive map and be the first to ‘Yoink’ the stuff you want. The first person to Yoink it, gets it—no bidding, no waiting and no fuss. Just privately message the giver through the app to organize pickup. Developed by Bonobo. Cost: free.
- GoodGuide is the world’s largest source of information about the health, social and environmental impacts of products and companies. A team of chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists, and environmental lifecycle analysis experts rated over 150,000 consumer products. Barcode scanning reveals how a product scores on a scale of 0-10, and suggests better alternatives. Developed by GoodGuide, Inc. Cost: free.