Whether you want to avoid palm oil, tackle food waste or buy products with a lower carbon footprint, here are some apps that can help you along that way…
1.Giki – You can scan products when you shop to see how ethical, sustainable or healthy it is. It is scores poorly, the app will suggest an alternative. You can tailor the app to proioritise the issues most important to you. Giki Zero Pro combines our easy-to-use, science-based platform with a comprehensive engagement programme. Giki Zero Pro brings people together to learn more about sustainability.
2. Too Good To Go – This app makes any surplus, unsold food from supermarkets, cafes and restaurants available to buy at rock-bottom prices. Find a participating venus and once you’ve paid for the food you can go to the store at the designated pick up time to pick up your ‘magic bag’, which will contain food that wasn’t sold that day.
3. Kitche – Kitche is a free mobile app designed to save you money and reduce your food waste at home. By scanning receipts from online shopping, this app will suggest recipes using ingredients you already have, and alert you when food nears its use by date. They have launched a campaign to inspire young children to become active contributors in the kitchen, from meal planning and food storage to cooking and portion control, they want children involved in the fight against food waste.
4. Joulebug – Earn points based on eco-friendly actions you’ve undertaken related to waste, energy, transport and water use. You receive useful tips and videos to encourage you along the way. Whether you want to encourage healthier minds, bodies, or planet, there are oodles of actions and challenges to motivate them to do so.
5. No Waste – Easily track, organize and manage the food in your home! With lists for your freezer, fridge and pantry, you can easily check what food you have left, see what food you need to use first, plan your meals, create a shopping list, avoid unnecessary purchases, reduce food waste and save a bunch of money. This is a great app to keep track of all the food you have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Using this helps you avoid buying food you don’t actually need and to keep track of which food is about to go out of date and needs to be eaten first.
6. Olio – Join millions of neighbours all over the world who are using OLIO to share more, care more and waste less. Give & get free stuff and borrow & lend household items – all directly from your community. Fight waste. Help your neighbours. Save our planet. Olio connects you with your neighbours so that you can share the food with them rather than chucking it in the bin.
7. Happy Cow – Eating less meat and dairy is good for the planet so for those looking for a good variety of vegan or vegetarian meals, Happy Cow helps you to find all your local restaurants and cafes that sell meat-free meals.
8. Refill – We buy far too many bottles of water in the UK. With this app you can find the nearest water refill station so you can fill up your reusable bottle wherever you are. Refill connects you to places to eat, drink and shop with less waste.