Apps to help you make personal changes for a more sustainable lifestyle

Looking for technology to help make your life a little more eco-friendly? Here is our roundup of the best green apps around.

With the latest report from the IPCC about climate change making pretty devastating reading, a lot of us are more conscious than ever of the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. That’s why we at Y’earn created this blog. Whether it’s advising parents on recycling or on an eco-friendly return to school this September, we hope our blog and FB Group will help busy parents make easy personal changes without too much fuss. 

Technology can help us too. With many of us checking our smartphones before we get out of bed in the morning, it makes sense to harness the power of the many sustainability apps out there. Whatever you’re looking for, there seems to be an app for almost everything. Here is our pick of the best, tailored to our parenting community. 

Have your cake and eat it too

We’ve already covered sustainable food brands, but what about apps which are focused on making what we consume more sustainable?

Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is a food waste app which has been taking the UK by storm. On this easy-to-use app, you can buy bags of food from restaurants, shops and other food retailers which would have otherwise been thrown away. The fun part? You never know exactly what you’re getting until you pick up your bag.

Why not get the kids involved with this process? Look up recipes for the food in your bag and see what you can cook together. A small personal change which can have a huge impact!

OLIO

OLIO also fights food waste, but in a different way. Here, you can list food – and other items – which you want to give away for free and people in the local community can come to collect it from your home.  

We love the idea behind OLIO especially if you have younger children. Let’s face it, peas might be their favourite one day, then their food nemesis the next. This way, at least there’s no waste! Not only will this reduce the guilt of throwing food away but this is a personal change which can help reduce the shocking 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted per year. This represents costs of as much as £250-£400 per household per year! Pretty insane, right?

Dairydrop

Remember those happy days of your youth which would be marked by bringing in the fresh glass bottles of milk from the milkman, ready to be enjoyed then reused the next day? The milkman was an extremely green concept – and they still exist in lots of places.

Dairydrop helps you to find milkmen in your neighbourhood, so that your kids can also wake up to fresh milk delivered each morning. 

Life on the go

Refill

The Refill app is all about reducing our reliance on single-use plastic, especially when we are on the move. The app shows Refill stations to refill water bottles, as well as public water fountains. Not only that, it even directs you towards places where you can shop plastic-free.

We know that our children learn by example, so let’s model by making the personal change to look for a water fountain instead of buying another bottle of water. Luckily, Refill means less roaming around in search of a tap. 

Giki

Giki has many different features, all designed with reducing your carbon footprint in mind. Our favourite element is the smartphone scanner, which you can use to scan food in the supermarket to figure how sustainable it is. 

The app has 130 different ways to reduce your carbon footprint – and we adore the personalised approach which can feel like a game. This is a great one to share with the kids. Who said personal change couldn’t be fun?

Scrapp

Let’s be honest, it can be pretty difficult to decipher what’s recyclable and what isn’t sometimes. Scrapp is a fantastic new app which allows you to simply scan the barcode and the app provides you with local recycling guidance. Scrapp even provides you with reward points for each item that you scan, the points can then be converted to discounts on your favourite sustainable brands! Not only does this make life easier but it also makes shopping sustainably far more affordable, a true win win situation.

Make it fashion

Regain

Lots of us did big clear-outs during the pandemic and dutifully bagged up all of our clothes ready to go to charity shops. Regain makes this process easy. With Regain, you simply send off your clothes (with a free postage label) and in return you get money-off vouchers. It’s a win win. 

We love the idea of circular fashion which Regain champions. They even accept baby clothes and clothes for kids. 

Good on You

If you are committed to buying only from ethical brands, Good on You is a must-download. The app gives ratings for ethical brands on their green credentials, which is particularly useful given the amount of greenwashing around these days.

What personal changes will you make?

Personal change doesn’t need to mean radical shifts in behaviour. With so many green apps around, making a switch can be easy, convenient and painless. After all, we should be working with technology, not against it. 

That’s why we’d also like to mention Shop Appy, whilst it’s not an app (despite it’s name), Shop Appy is an easy way for you to support local businesses, your local high street or market. Just select your town, then browse, book and buy local. It’s a fantastic example of how simple a sustainable swap can be! Not only that but you’ll be supporting your local community, what’s not to love?

What are your favourite green apps? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below. What easy switches have you made? We can’t wait to hear your ideas! If you want to get involved in the discussion head to our FB Group otherwise visit our site to start renting or making money from baby & kids items. 

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If this is your first visit, hello, let us introduce ourselves. We’re Y’earn and we exist to create more love, less landfill. Pretty lofty, right? Well, not really, it’s actually pretty simple. Our aim is to make renting as common as owning so we live more sustainably while helping the community around us.

Y’earn is a parent-to-parent marketplace to rent Baby & Kids items from people in your community or make some cash if you have items you don’t need right now. We’re a sustainable business that plants 🌲, adopts 🐝 and donates to children’s charities.  We’re helping each other and the planet, one rental at a time.

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