Today is Earth Day which first began on April 22, 1970 with an environmental “teach-in” conducted by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Today, over 500 million people in 175 countries will participate in celebrating this day.
Going “green” not only protects our earth, it also can save you money as well. Below are three green apps that not only support Earth Day, they will support you to better feed your tummy and your pocketbook throughout the year as well
Locavore: If you want really great, fresh food, your local farmer’s market is the place to go. My husband and I regularly hit one of the local farmer’s market every week. While some of the food may not be as pretty as what you see in the markets, you can’t top it for the incredible taste and freshness. Locavore tells you where the local farmer’s markets are located, the foods that are in season, as well as having terrific recipes as well.
Also, keep in mind that farmer’s markets are not limited to just fresh fruits and vegetables. We get everything from award winning confitures (homemade jams and jellies including such treats as Key Lime Curd and Fig-Walnut Conserve) as well as the best homemade tortilla chips every, homemade breads, exquisite handcrafted chocolates, and so much more. Best of all, locally grown foods help you to avoid having allergies as well.
Green Genie: This app is available on iTunes and is packed with environmental information as well as ways to save money on your utility bills and get paid for reducing your emissions. For example, Green Genie links to an article on how to save money on your water bills by looking for the “Water sense” label. If you are committed to environmental causes, they also have a Facebook Group as well where you can be in conversation with like-minded individuals.
GoodGuide is available for both Itunes and Android. Use your smart phone to scan the bar codes on various products. The app takes you to GoodGuide’s ratings for over 120,000 different products including food, personal care, household cleaners, baby and kid products, food, and many other products as well.
You can customize the app so it gives you the data you want. For example, if you’re concerned about nutrition, it will provide you with information on calories, the quality and safety of the ingredients. This app also provides information on products in terms of human rights and energy efficiency as well. According to the folks at GoodGuide, their “mission is to help you shop your values wherever you shop.”
Posted by Bernice Ross