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Rachel81Jackson posted a blog entry in Rachel's blogHumanity’s effect on the environment is pretty high up on our list of things to worry about. Rarely a week goes by without some new information about the increased rate at which Polar ice caps are melting or waste is piling up or natural disasters are occurring. So what can we do to help prevent irreversible damage to our planet? Making your life more sustainable is easier than you think. Just by taking your own bags to the grocery store, cycling rather than driving the odd journey and thinking more carefully about the energy you use, you could greatly reduce your own impact on the natural world. These seven great iPhone apps are designed to give you a helping hand when starting a more sustainable life: SolarChecker Solar panels can reduce your energy costs and provide a cleaner form of power. This app can help you to decide whether solar panels at home is a good idea. The app can measure solar radiation in different areas around your home and tell you whether investing in solar energy is right for you. JouleBug JouleBug offers a social way to go green. You win points and badges for the various sustainable activities you engage in throughout the day. That could be cycling to work or using a reusable coffee mug. You can take green inspiration from friends and compete with them to be the most environmentally friendly. This app also allows you to see how much you are saving in energy bills by being more careful with how you use your gas and electricity. Carma Carpooling If you have no other option but to drive to work, make your journey less damaging to the environment by carpooling. This app helps you to find neighbours looking to share a ride and reduce carbon emissions, traffic jams and your own costs in the process. HowGood Shop more consciously with HowGood. The app allows you to input a grocery item and discover details about its manufacturing process, the way it sources ingredients, its treatment of workers and the waste it produces. Each item is given a HowGood score that acts as an indicator of the item’s social and environmental impact, helping you to make informed shopping decisions on the go. Your Garden At Home This is a great app for those wanting to grow their own food at home and reduce the carbon impact of growing and transporting produce across the world. The app offers information on different plant varieties, advises you on when to grow and harvest them and how to take care of them. PaperKarma If your heart sinks at all the junk mail you get coming through your letterbox, PaperKarma could be the answer. The app allows you to take a photograph of any junk mail you receive. Once submitted to PaperKarma, the app will contact the various mailing companies and take your name off their mailing lists. Recyclemore This app helps you to find the nearest recycling centres for your recyclable waste products. Whether you’re looking to get rid of batteries, clothes, appliances or garden waste, this app can help you to find the right place to take it. Going green is made that bit easier with these great iPhone apps. And if you really want to live more sustainably, you should ask yourself if you really need that latest iPhone upgrade. Discarded electronics are piling up in landfills around the world and tons of emissions are produced by manufacturing new ones. Buying second hand and unlocking the handset is a great way to reduce your carbon impact.
Will posted a topic in Good FoodTechnology can significantly help you lead a healthy life. No kidding. The following 10 outstanding apps could become your faithful advisors in matters of healthy eating. How to pick healthy food in a store? How to control your nutrition intake? What diet will suit you most? These cool diet and nutrition trackers will give you answers to those questions and much more. So, let's get started! 1. Fooducate (Android, iOS; Free) Fooducate opens our list of the best nutrition apps. For most everyday customers, barcodes and labels of food products look like a real conundrum. No worries. With Fooducate, nutritional information will be easy to understand. How does it work? You open the app and see a letter grade from A to D accompanied by a brief summary of nutrition info. Healthy alternative suggestions are also here at your disposal. Additional features include calorie, intake, and exercise tracking. 2. Shopwell (Android, iOS; Free) Get ready to discover Shopwell, your mobile shopping assistant. In line with your nutritional needs, this barcode scanning app rates food products and grocery items. To use it, create a profile, choose a nutritional goal you are interested in (Athletic Training, Heart Disease, etc.) and indicate the dietary restrictions if any. Having obtained the necessary data, the app will offer you its custom healthy food suggestions. 3. My Diet Coach (Android, iOS; Free) The name speaks for itself. By using My Diet Coach, you will be able to acquire strong fitness and healthy nutrition habits as if you were trained by a real coach. How much weight do you want to lose? Set a specific goal and get motivational messages and helpful reminders along the way to help you achieve it. Don’t forget to keep a diet diary and use a calorie calculator. 4. Diet Point Weight Loss (Android, iOS; Free) Diet Point Weight Loss app will help you choose the weight loss program that perfectly suits your needs. You will get access to over 130 different diets in various categories, as well as receive succinct meal plans and readymade shopping lists. To avoid overeating, the app will notify you for the next mealtime. 5. Lose It! (Android, iOS; Free) Lose It! aims to help you lose weight. Specify your weight, height, and your desired weight. According to the data provided, the app will help you calculate a daily calorie budget. As simple as that. Barcode scanning, a vast database of food products, and exercise tracking option will make you unstoppable on your way to a slim body. 6. MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS, Windows Phone; Free) Forget about overeating with this smart MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter app. Its database comprises over 2 million food products. Just pick and track those you are consuming by using a barcode scanner. A recipe calculator is also available to input custom creations making it easier to achieve your diet goal. 7. Calorie Counter by FatSecret (Android, iOS, Windows Phone; Free) Do you consider yourself a calorie-conscious dieter? If so, Calorie Counter by FatSecret is here for you. It offers a bunch of options like a food and training diary, a barcode scanner, a weight chart, as well as many food recipe ideas. Make your meal more versatile and healthy. Use the options mentioned above to make the process of losing weight both effective and exciting. 8. DietHero (iOS; $1.99) DietHero doesn’t force you to try new ingredients, some of which are not that easy to get. Instead, you work with food products you already have. You need to specify which food you like most and set a nutritional goal. Once you’ve done it, the app will generate a particular meal plan for you. In order not to get lost in a shop, you will be offered a custom shopping list of ingredients. Check your progress by using a weight log. 9. Calorie Counter Pro (Android, iOS; $3.99) MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter Pro is a true three-in-one. Firstly, it is a food scanner. It scans products' barcodes for their nutritional information. Secondly, it is a nutrition log with an option to input your meals and recipes. Finally, MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter Pro is an exercise tracker allowing you to enter over 500 physical activities. Indicate a number of calories burned, as well as time and distance passed. 10. Nutrino (iOS; $7.99/mo) With Nutrino app, you set your nutritional goal (building muscle, losing weight, etc.) and get a personalized meal plan to help you achieve it. If you are lactose-intolerant or gluten-free, simply specify it. The app will adjust food recommendations accordingly. Nutrino is compatible with other apps and devices.
Green Blog posted a article in Business & PoliticsWhen you go shopping it's not easy to keep track on which products or brands you shouldn't buy to avoid supporting the destruction of rainforests or animal abuse. How can you know which products follows proper environmental standards, which corporations who fuels climate denialism, which brand of rice that are GMO-free or which corporations who are openly supporting LGBT rights? It just seems as an impossible feat to exert your power as an individual consumer and make informed decisions! But a new smartphone app could help you avoid the Koch Brothers, Monsanto or any other corporation with a terrible environmental or social track record the next time you go shopping. The Buycott app - which is available for free on your Iphone and on Android devices soon - makes it possible for you to scan the barcode on any product and trace its ownership from various corporate subsidiaries all the way up to the main parent company. The Forbes write: "Once you've scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone's screen. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you'll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food." This all sounds very promising! So check out the app and maybe next time you go shopping it'll be easier to choose products that reflects your principles. Have you already tried the app? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below!