ipad green appsThe burst and boom of electronic and social media has turned into a huge platform for spreading of information. Now, that has its pros and cons, depending on the side you endorse. However, looking at the brighter side, it is difficult to ignore what this boom has done for the go green cause. The awareness has increased in by manifolds and we all can unanimously agree that it is the need of the hour that everyone does their bit for this cause. If you are equipped with the awareness and want to chip in efforts to save our planet, your iPad can help you do so. These 4 apps will help you curb down your consumption of non-renewable resources and lead a greener lifestyle.

iRecycle

Recycling is a word that we come across often when talking about adopting the green lifestyle. We all know it completes the trio of ‘R’ of waste management i.e. reduce, reuse and recycle. Although much talked about, the term still baffles many because of incomplete information. Coming to your rescue is this highly useful app. Recycle presents in a highly simple and easy to use interface, numerous ways to recycle various things divided into 12 major categories, which are then divided further into subcategories. Covering a gamut of recyclable things, upon selecting the secondary category, according to your zip code, the app tells you the closest recycling location for the thing you have chosen. Thanks to Earth911, this incredible app is free!

Download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/irecycle/id312708176?mt=8

Goodguide

When you download a shopping app on your iPad, the sole aim is to find a good deal. However, since now you have decided to go the green way, it is time to bring changes everywhere. When you invest your money in buying something, make sure what you buy is safe, sustainable and healthy. To ensure that you are indeed making a good purchase which is in tune with your objective, download GoodGuide. This app, using its barcode scanner feature, tells you if the product you are buying is environmentally friendly or you are investing your money in something that has objectionable and questionable ingredients.  It makes the entire shopping experience transparent and gives you, as the buyer, the choice to make an informed decision.

Download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodguide/id294447660?mt=8

Offset4Poor

Carbon footprint is another phrase that we hear often. It means the total set of greenhouse gas emission caused by an organization or a household. Greenhouse gases have quite a repute cause of the disastrous effect they have on the atmosphere resulting in global warming. Given this fact, it is imperative that you keep your carbon emission in check. Our daily activities lead to a high amount of carbon emission which can be kept track of by using this simple app called Offset4Poor. This app tells you your carbon footprints and keeps a check on how you are offsetting the emission. The app makes the calculations on the basis of the guidelines provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One fantastic feature of this app is that it lets you offset your carbon emission by donating money to fund environment friendly projects in the developing countries!

Download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/offset4poor-carbon-co2-offset/id419850729?mt=8

Seafood Watch

Around 70% of the world’s fisheries are on a decline or have already been fished to their maximum capacity. To continue to eat these endangered species is an unsustainable practice. Our food choices have a massive impact on the environment. This fact has been realized by the good people at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and they have created a free app to help you make environment friendly choices. The app finds out your location using GPS and then goes on to highlight the best seafood available region wise. The inbuilt Sushi guide in the app also provides the Japanese name of the fish. It is a boon when you are standing in front of the fish counter at a mall and are keen on making sustainable choices.

Download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seafood-watch/id301269738?mt=8#&at=10l4Mc

Awareness and action are the tools we have if we are keen on providing the future generations a healthy planet. Gone are the days when we could shrug off the responsibility and assume it to be of the next person. The time is for a unanimous awakening and only then can we start paying off our dues to Mother Nature and the future generations.

Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Papersavers, a leading paper recycling company based in Toronto.  She loves cycling and is a staunch supporter of the ‘Go Green’ initiative. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker

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The burst and boom of electronic and social media has turned into a huge platform for spreading of information. Now, that has its pros and cons, depending on the side you endorse. However, looking at the brighter side, it is difficult to ignore what this boom has done for...