Green Living Apps to Help You Live More Sustainably

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My latest appearance on Good Morning Washington covered this topic. Click above or watch it here

Here is even more information about those 5 apps. All are available for iOS and Android devices. Unless indicated, the app is free.  


I am a huge fan of the website which is chock full of recycling information. Now they have an app called iRecycle.

When you click on the app, you can choose from the following categories:

  • Automotive
  • Batteries
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Garden
  • Glass
  • Hazardous
  • Household
  • Metal
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastics

So let’s say you want to recycle batteries,

  • Click on the batteries icon
  • Click on the type of battery you want to recycle – like alkaline
  • The app will show you where in your area you can recycle them!

TIP: It’s always best to call a location in advance before dropping anything off to ensure they still accept that item. 


Greenease connects consumers with restaurants, cafes and grocers that buy from local and/or sustainable farms. Their ultimate goal is to educate consumers on where their food comes from when they dine out.

The app has 9 options to search from:

  • Free Range
  • Gluten Free
  • Grass Fed
  • Drug Free Meats
  • Local
  • Organic
  • Sustainable Seafood
  • Veg Friendly
  • Vegan Friendly

The results will be listed from closest to farthest.

When you click on a restaurant, you can find out about their farms and purveyors, read reviews and tips, check hours of operation, and link to their web site. 

Greenease costs $1.99 and during the entire month of September 2017, 100% of proceeds from all mobile app sales will support the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and American Farmland Trust. After September, a portion of all proceeds will continue to support these two organizations. 

Happy Cow

Happy Cow helps travelers and people everywhere find plant-based/vegan options and healthy food. So whether you are a vegan looking for a place to eat while traveling, or you are an omnivore looking for a restaurant to accommodate your vegetarian sister, this app can help you!

All you do is enter the location of where you are or where you are going, and it will list restaurants, health food stores, and even caterers in order of closest to the farthest. You can also search in the following categories

  • vegan
  • vegetarian
  • veg-options
  • stores, caterers, veg shops, hotels, organizations and more

The site also includes reviews. 

Happy Cow costs $3.99. 


More of us are buying EVs — electric vehicles — and we need places to plug them in! PlugShare is the app that helps EV users know where they can plug in. It tells you

  • the address of EV charging stations near you (or near where you will be
  • exactly where at that location you can find the charging station and images
  • if it is free or if there is a fee


Before I buy any personal care product, I use the app THINK DIRTY to determine how safe it is. How? All I need to do is scan the barcode! 

The app provides a rating of 0 to 10, zero being the best, and provide information on

  • carcinogenicity
  • developmental & reproductive toxicity
  • allergies & immunotoxicities

If by chance the product doesn’t come up when you scan it, you can manually enter it’s name. If it is not in their system, you can submit it’s name and a photo of it so they can research it and get back to  you! The app also makes suggestions for healthier products.

Do you use an app that helps you live a green life? If so, please share in the comments below!

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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