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These Apps Will Help You Live More Sustainable

by: Sharai Hoekema
these apps will help you live more sustainable | Newsletter

Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two.

Live More Sustainable

And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.)

bicycle sign, pole
Photo by Gema Evans. 

Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume.

Recommended: Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide

Apps For A Vegan Diet

The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps.

app isitvegan
Is it Vegan App!

  • Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart.
  • Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map.
  • Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions.


                                            Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle.

Apps For A Vegetarian Diet

For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat.

Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one.

Recommended: Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use

Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes.

  • Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions.
  • Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information.
  • Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality.
  • Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience.

If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites:

  • Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water.
  • No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check.

Apps For An Accountable Diet

It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too.

seafood watch

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option.
  • Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be.
  • Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate.
  • HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products.

Recommended: Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power

Apps For Less Food Waste

The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps.

Tablet, Mobile, Olio App
Photo by Olio.

  • Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands.
  • Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time.
  • FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet.

Recommended: Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste

The App Is The Future

You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps.

Cover photo by Rob Hampson

Before you go!

Recommended: Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States.

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Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two. Live More Sustainable And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.) Photo by Gema Evans.  Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume. Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Apps For A Vegan Diet The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps. Is it Vegan App! Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart. Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map. Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions. {youtube}                                             Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Apps For A Vegetarian Diet For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one. Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes. Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions. Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information. Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality. Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience. If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites: Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water. No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check. Apps For An Accountable Diet It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option. Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be. Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate. HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Apps For Less Food Waste The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps. Photo by Olio. Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands. Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time. FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet. Recommended:  Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste The App Is The Future You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps. Cover photo by Rob Hampson Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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