January is a new start for us all and there’s a lot of us out there willing this year to be better and more sustainable.
But sometimes we need a helping hand so it’s great news that there are a range of new apps for this year that will help you become greener at home and healthier to boot, covering food, fitness, finance and more.
These New Apps Make Sustainability Easier in 2021
Hands up who forgets what’s in their kitchen cupboards?
Who has brain blank when faced with a load of leftover ingredients, fridge veg or other random store cupboard staples?
Don’t want to waste food in 2021? A new app called Kitche cleverly combines all these dilemmas and solves them in one. It scans your receipts when you do a supermarket shop, logs what you have and then reminds you when to use up your ingredients and also suggests recipes that will use up items you have in your cupboards. Clever huh?
Kitche reckons it can save you £840 a year and reduce your food waste to practically nothing. A brilliant, free addition to your phone that makes tackling waste effortless.
2. Deliciously Ella
Remember Ella Mills AKA Deliciously Ella, the wellness blogger turned author and entrepreneur? She’s evolved her ideas into a handy app that no longer just covers plant based food – it focuses on 5 Pillars of Wellness – plant-based diet, exercise, sleep, mindfulness and water consumption – which are backed up by her eight years of training and research into health.
The 99p a month app comes with a personalised plan and daily tracker to help you stick to your health goals at home, no matter what’s happening beyond that. The new app encourages plant based diets with over 600 delicious recipes and over 200 mindfulness and exercise classes. And what’s good for you – is good for the planet.
3. My Plastic Diary
Want to reduce your plastic waste in 2021? The My Plastic Diary app helps you record your single use plastic consumption and shows you the breakdown of what kind of plastics you end up buying.
It then suggests ways to reduce your reliance on the dreaded plastic and receive awards for your progress. Knowledge is power so get to grips with your footprint.
4. Wear Me 30 Times
Who said sustainability had to be boring? Inject some fun into saving the world and your social media profile with Wear Me 30 Times, a new fashion app that encourages you to wear (and track) an item of clothing you wear 30 times – inspired by Olivia Firth’s 30 wears campaign a few years ago. It has been devised and brought to market by Maakola, a slow fashion brand from Ghana.
It’s thought that it takes on average 30 wears for a piece of clothing to work off its emissions from manufacture. Users who scan a QR code on a new piece of clothing from the brands involved so far (including Avani Apparel, Rifò, WAO, Feeling Felt and Mati Collective) can then use the app to take pics of each wear, which get uploaded to social and counted. Once 30 wears have been reached, the app unlocks discounts and special offers from the brands involved.
ESG investing (Environmental, Social, Governance) is set to become one of the biggest trends in 2021 and new tech is making it even easier for us to invest as individuals and have more of a say in where our savings are used and what kinds of companies they are invested in.
Tickr makes it possible to start a fund with as little as £5. It’s B Corp certified and only invests in companies that put planet and people on an equal footing with profit. They want to make impact investing less scary for normal folk – and that could be revolutionary.
Here to offer a safe and easy way to give to your chosen charities, Sustainably is a free app that rounds up cashless transactions and donates spare change automatically while you shop.
The app allows you to donate to a range of different causes you believe in with complete flexibility, transparency and control so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of it all.
Founded by a mother and daughter team based in Edinburgh, Sustainably lets you make a positive impact every day and it’s as easy as doing your weekly shop. You’ll even get updates showing you the difference you’ve made. Retail therapy that gives back? It doesn’t get much better than that!
Ever wanted to make greener choices but felt too overwhelmed about where to start? There’s an app for that and it’s called Ailuna. Backed by behavioural science, Ailuna helps you develop habits that benefit you and the planet.
The app encourages you to set green goals by embracing zero waste, low carbon habits. You can even track your positive impact as you go.
Each habit is disguised as a dare which lasts a week in length (at least at first). New dares are released every month and you can learn about what they entail before you accept. Ailuna is a fun and interactive way to engage you in small actions that accumulate to make a big difference.
We live in a time of subscriptions, contactless payments and online shopping, and with easier ways to part with our cash, it can be a hassle to keep track of our spending. Meet Snoop. This free app keeps an eye on your money 24/7 so you don’t have to.
It puts all your banking apps together and monitors all bills and payments. That free trial you forgot to cancel? Overpaid on a bill? Snoop has got you covered.
Snoop goes above and beyond its role as a money guardian. It also helps you make smarter choices, whether it’s finding new ways to save or greener ways to spend. The app makes it easier to balance profit with opportunities to give back to the community and the planet.
Want an easy and comprehensive way to track and reduce your carbon footprint in everyday life? The Capture App allows you to do just that. You can calculate your personalised monthly CO2 target, predict emissions from daily journeys and even track emissions from food.
You get real-time, non-judgemental updates on your progress to reducing your carbon emissions and a wealth of articles and tips to help you reach your goals.
Not all carbon emissions are avoidable and Capture gets that. The app allows you to set auto-offsets or pay as you go offsets where you donate to verified carbon offsetting projects. Sign up as an individual or as a team with your colleagues.
Imagine if you could join a movement of people uniting to change the world? WeAre8 is a platform that brings brands and people together to help solve the world’s biggest problems.
The app holds big tech accountable and enables brands to put their ad dollars with people and the planet. Every time you watch a brand video, a donation is made to charity. What’s more, brands pay you 10-20p when you watch their brand video ads.
You can choose what you do with your earnings whether you want to donate it to your favourite charity, top up your PayPal or chip towards your phone bill. The app easily allows you to track, donate and claim as you wish.
Ever wondered where your money really goes when you invest it? Clim8 Invest, the platform that helps you invest in companies that are tackling climate change, has launched a new app.
With a range of risk levels to choose from, the Clim8 app allows you to have an impact on climate change and see a return on investment at the same time. Themes to invest in include clean energy, cleantech; smart mobility; clean water; circular economy; and sustainable food.
The experienced team at Clim8 have developed an in-depth due diligence process for stock selection. Key metrics they measure businesses against are performance vs risk exposure, the management teams’ track record, the company’s financial merits and how their operations align with the Paris Agreement.
What do you think? What new apps are you using to help you reduce your waste?
Get more ideas of how to be more sustainable in 2021 by following our #365WaysToSave campaign on Instagram.