Feeling lost in your sustainability journey? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here’s a guide to the best apps to help with your eco-friendly lifestyle.
So you’ve decided to become a sustainable superstar. Congrats! If you’re unsure how to start, we know what you need – sustainability apps. These green apps promote sustainable living and environmental awareness. They can also connect you with others on the same eco-friendly journey. Who needs regular apps when you can download ones that save the planet? Here are our recommendations.
Best sustainability apps to download
Nope, this isn’t that famous American rock band. This GreenDay is a one-stop marketplace listing sustainable products from eco-conscious merchants based in Singapore and Malaysia. Products fall into categories such as food, fashion, beauty, travel, and more. Browse through the app, get rewarded with gems, and use them to enjoy a discount on your next purchase. You’ll also be able to pick up sustainable life hacks from local green experts.
GreenDay, download from App Store or Google Play Store
It’s said that food waste is one of Singapore’s largest waste streams. The amount has risen up to 20% in the last ten years. Can you imagine? This is where Treatsure comes in. The sustainability startup released an app that redistributes surplus food from merchants to consumers – aka you! Take home delectable buffets from hotels and restaurants at a low cost of $10.50. That’s a steal, if you ask us. You can also purchase excess groceries via the app and choose to have them delivered or self-collect at the company’s concept store on Robinson Road.
Treatsure, download from App Store or Google Play Store
This locally-developed mobile app is all about steering users towards adopting sustainable habits. SusGain does it by rewarding you with points after every green action, such as recycling and using eco-bags. Accumulated points can be redeemed for discounts and vouchers at sustainable stores and restaurants. The app also shares information on locating food bank donation points and water refill stations.
SusGain, download from App Store or Google Play Store
Instead of dumping your old stuff in the trash, consider passing them to someone who may need them. From pre-loved items and empty packaging to minuscule items such as bubble wrap and poly mailers, there’s something for everyone. We love the idea of upcycling packaging into art installations. How innovative! It also helps that doing this reduces the strain on our landfills and seas. So the next time you want to throw something out, take a step back and think: Is there someone out there who can make good of that item?
Upcircle, download from App Store or Google Play Store
How about doing good while surfing the internet? All you have to do is add Ecosia to your web browser or download the app on your phone and search away. Every search ad generates income for the non-profit organisation, and it’s used to plant trees in over 30 countries. A cute tree icon at the top keeps track of the trees you’ve planted from your searches. You can also go one step further by gifting trees under the cause you champion.
Ecosia, add to your web browser or download from App Store or Google Play Store
Who says sustainability is boring and tough? Not these folks! Abillion aims to make eco-friendly living easy and fun through its app. With just a few taps, you can discover sustainable products and services, share your experiences, and even earn rewards for your actions. From eco-friendly fashion to zero-waste grocery shopping, the app helps you make sustainable choices every day. Plus, you can connect with like-minded individuals and join a community of passionate advocates.
Abillion, download from App Store or Google Play Store
They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, rather than throwing out things that no longer spark joy for you, why not give them away to someone else who can value them? Enter Olio, a sharing app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so nothing is mindlessly discarded. Just take a photo of the stuff you don’t need, upload it on the app, and wait for someone to request your goods. Easy-peasy!
Olio, download from App Store or Google Play Store
Here’s another digital platform encouraging companies to plant trees and complete forests transparently. EcoMatcher is a certified B Corp that helps brands fight the climate crisis by partnering with foundations specialising in planting trees. Businesses can use EcoMatcher to gift their planted trees to customers or distribute them among their employees. The platform tracks and knows everything about each tree, including the species and when it was planted. Users also get to visit their trees virtually. That’s a win-win!
EcoMatcher, available online
If you need more convincing to live a sustainable lifestyle in Singapore, download this app, stat! Founded in 2019, this homegrown tool is designed to teach users about carbon emissions and footprints in our daily lives. How does that work? Well, the Capture app tracks and reminds you how to reduce your carbon footprint and helps offset your emissions by matching through verified carbon offsetting projects. Oh, you can use this app by yourself or with a group of friends. Cool, huh?
Capture, download from App Store or Google Play Store
Download these sustainability apps and kickstart your eco-friendly lifestyle today.