Did you know that here in the library we have a few great recycling incentives you can use? When you change over the batteries in your remote control, where do you put the old ones? What about when you upgrade you mobile phone to the new exciting model, where does your old phone go? Do you buy a bottle of water every time you go out? The next time you pop in to visit us, bring your old batteries, mobile phones and refillable drink bottle and help out your planet! Would you like to know more about how you can recycle with your mobile phone? We’re now up to R in our Tech Savvy A-Z of Apps list and we’ve got some great apps listed below that might be helpful if you would like to improve your efforts to reduce your footprint on the earth.
Ever wondered if your scraps could be better used somewhere else in your community? This app; Share Waste can help you locate if there are people around your local area that would appreciate your scraps for their gardens, compost, worm farms or chooks. Or maybe you’re looking for some scraps for your new worm farm? This app will link you with those in your area who have some for you.
We all want to recycle smarter, but how do we do that? This app, appropriately called Recycle Smart will help make sense of all the confusion that sometimes stops us from doing our bit to help alleviate the waste problem. Created by Planet Ark they have made it easy for you to search a product and the correct way to dispose of it.
Think your appliances might be guzzling more than their fair share of power at your place? Would you like some energy insight the next time you’re shopping for a new appliance? The Energy Rating and Lightbulb Saver apps are produced by the Department of the Environment gives the ability to make a more energy efficient choice when purchasing your next appliance hopefully saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run with more energy efficient devices.
There are so many options out there for more humane choices when we buy cosmetics, personal cleansers and household cleaning products, but how do you do that and what should you look out for? The Choose Cruelty Free app is a comprehensive list of products you can check for companies that don’t test on animals. Two lists to choose from for Cruelty Free and Vegan choices. The app is updated twice a year to keep up to date with changes in products and company practices.
Ever stood in the aisle looking for eggs wondering what the cartons mean when they say free range or caged or barn raised? Wonder no more with the CluckAR app from Choice! Created using Augmented Reality to scan your choices on the shelf at the supermarket and using data collected on farming practices by Choice to give the eggs a rating on whether the eggs pass or fail the free range test. With a list and map functions included, you’re sure to find a better choice on the shelf.
Are you a big shopper? Do you love to buy something fabulous for that special occasion? Using the Good On You app you can make your fabulous choices more eco-friendly. Using this app will help you make fashion choices at the shops that will minimise your impact on the Earth. The app rates over 1000 brands for their ethical and environmental impact. You can discover new brands that are making great ethical choices from design to manufacture to store and possibly grab a deal. Love a brand already, but wish they’d do better? There’s an area in the app where you can encourage brands to join in.
So round up those old batteries, phones and bring them in. Fill your drink bottle while you’re here and have a look at our Home Energy Toolkit. You can borrow it, give your home an audit and if you need something new, check out the app list above for assistance in making better choices for our environment.