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6 Sustainable Living Apps You’ll Want to Download Right This Second

Use a screen to go green! Take advantage of these apps that help you live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

Written by
Josie Blakeslee

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become an integral part of our personal and professional lives more than ever before. They help us organize our to-do lists, allow us to keep in touch with others, and offer multiple outlets of entertainment. And thanks to the sustainable living apps available to download, they can also make your daily habits more planet-friendly.

It’s no secret that we’re all about living green. However, eco-friendly living can be a confusing and overwhelming process. But it doesn’t have to be! After all—it’s a lifestyle, and every small action adds up to a larger impact. So, consider downloading these sustainable living apps to inspire you to live more ethically and sustainably in all aspects of life.

6 Sustainable Living Apps Worth Downloading

Yes, we have our very own app! And while we might be a little biased, it's pretty great. On it, you're able to connect and chat with others who are interested in sustainability (more than three million messages have been shared so far!), read articles and news about eco-friendly living, and learn about conscious consumerism (and find great products from eco-brands). You can also get recommendations and tips from the Brightly team and our Scouts.

2. Paprika

The Paprika app does it all when it comes to meal planning. It helps you organize your recipes, make meal plans, and even create grocery lists. Also cool: You can save recipes from anywhere on the web, making it easy to add new planet-friendly options into your weekly lineup.

This is the ultimate green helper for the plants you're growing. The app offers tips on proper sun exposure, watering, fertilization, soiling, and much more in order to help you take care of your plant babies. Bonus: You'll also get gardening reminders and notifications on when to water. So say goodbye to dying plants and hello a thriving indoor jungle!

This app is designed to end your overflowing pile of junk mail that always fills up your recycling bin. Simply take a photo to unsubscribe from any unwanted paper mail being delivered to your home address. The app contacts the mailer for you and removes your name from their mailing list. It's probably the easiest and most convenient way to save trees and reduce paper waste.

When it comes to grocery shopping, How Good eases the process of making informed purchasing decisions. Search or scan barcodes to access over 200,000 food product ratings that show you which items are eco-friendly, minimally processed, and ethically produced. Your next meal is guaranteed to meet your environmental and ethical standards after using this app.

We're big fans of the Too Good To Go app. It helps reduce food waste by allowing you to reserve meals that restaurants would otherwise throw away. Every meal is also a surprise: You never know what you’re going to get, as there will always be something different available at end of the day. Right now you're only able to use it in select cities, but it's expanding to new areas.