3 IPhone Apps Every Eco-Shopper Needs

I’ve had these apps for a while and it just occured to me that not everyone spends hours sorting thru the IPhone App Store…so here you go…my guide to 3 eco-apps I use at least twice a week::

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Monterey Bay Seafood Guide App

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Guide ::
This iPhone application brings the latest Seafood Watch recommendations directly to your iPhone or iPod touch. Now you can make sustainable seafood choices quickly and easily—whether you’re eating at your favorite restaurant or shopping for dinner. And at a time when the world’s oceans are severely overfished, your seafood choices make a big difference. Get the app before you buy another fish! I was very surprised by some of the fish on the no-buy list!

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IRecycle: What and Where you can recycle those #5 plastic things!

Earth 911’s IRecycle App::
Earth911 has put out a neat iPhone app that makes recycling locally super simple, telling you exactly what you can recycle and where to take it when you’re ready to send it off.

From Earth911:

Compatible with both iPhone and iTouch, iRecycle brings you Earth911.com’s national, comprehensive database of over 100,000 recycling and proper disposal locations for over 200 products at the touch of a button. Whether you need to recycle motor oil and CFLs in San Francisco or rechargeable batteries and paint in Washington, DC, iRecycle can connect you with real, local options.

Even when you think you’re eco-savvy, sometimes you still find yourself asking, “Can I recycle this? If so…who takes it?” Kinda cool your phone can now answer that for you. The app tells you not only what and where, but even the hours of operation of the facilities and directions on how to get there. Check out Earth911 for download details. And, it’s free!

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Greenpeace: Stop using old growth forests paper prodcuts!

Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide::
The Guide makes it quick and easy to find out which brands of facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins are truly green and which should be avoided. Our experts have carefully evaluated over 100 brands and recommended those that: contain 100% overall recycled content; contain at least 50% post-consumer recycled content; and are bleached without toxic chlorine compounds.

When you’re doing your grocery shopping or just stopping by the corner store to grab a roll of toilet paper, make an informed decision as both a consumer and someone concerned about the world’s ancient forests. Below is the online version. Above is the Iphone app version. Interesting that CVS paper towels rank above many others.

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