I guess it must have something to do with my age but I’ve never been a big user of apps, preferring instead to do things the old-fashioned way. I like to read the newspaper rather than catching up on the latest news online and prefer to use my well-thumbed Gregory’s street directory instead of Google maps. That was, however, before I discovered the following apps. With shopping these days often fraught with ethical dilemmas – organic, free range, cruelty-free etc. – the following apps have certainly helped to simplify things. I’m hoping they’ll make your next trip to the shops a little easier too.
For iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/shop-ethical!/id502190240?mt=8
The good folk at the Ethical Consumer Group encourage us to “Shop with a clear conscience! Your dollar is your vote – make it count.” In order to do this they have devised the Shop Ethical app. It provides consumers with information for over 4,000 products and the environmental and social record of the companies that produce them. The latest version contains clothing data so you can see how your favourite brands stack up with regards to worker safety, labour standards, animal cruelty and more.
Choose Cruelty Free
For iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/choose-cruelty-free/id483497760?mt=8
With so many fantastic cruelty free beauty and household cleaning products now available it’s easy to find great quality products that haven’t been tested on animals, helping you to feel beautiful both inside and out. The Choose Cruelty Free app allows you to access an extensive list of products that are accredited cruelty free.
World fish stocks are under serious threat from over-fishing and unsustainable fishing practices, so we all need to do our bit to help protect what’s left and this handy app helps you do just that. It uses a traffic light system to classify fish species as either green (better choice), amber (eat less) or red (say no). It also provides more in-depth information about sustainability issues. For example, is the species overfished, was it caught using destructive fishing methods and if farmed, which aquaculture method was used?
With palm oil now an ingredient in one out of every ten supermarket products including food, cosmetics, cleaning and bath products, it can be very tricky to avoid it. A group called Palm Oil Investigations are just about to release an app, which will make avoiding palm oil a whole lot easier. All you will need to do is scan a product’s barcode to determine if it contains palm oil and if so, it’s certification status. The app is yet to be released but will be available from September 19th.
Love Food Hate Waste
Not available for android
Australians throw out on average $1,000 worth of food every year, or about 20% of the food we buy. The Love Food Hate Waste app aims to help us reduce the amount of food we waste. It contains a shopping list function, a meal planner and loads of fantastic recipes you can make with leftovers and with foods you already have in your kitchen.
For iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fairly-local/id369328902?mt=8
Not available for android
The Fairly Local app helps you find cafes and retailers that sell fair trade products, such as coffee, chocolate and clothing in your area. The Fairly Local website allows you to contribute suggestions for fair trade products and outlets not already listed.
Happy ethical shopping!