So you got an iPad or iPhone (or an Android)… it seems like everyone is joining the Apple brigade. Here are some apps that help you be be a green Apple. Since I got my iPad almost two years ago and my iPhone just a few weeks ago (weird right? it took me so long) I have used a lot less paper and have been able to be more green. Here are some of my recommendations
Zinio- This app lets you digitally subscribe to magazines. Their list of magazines continues to grow but as of right now they have the most comprehensive list of magazines I have seen in one app. You can get fun stuff like US, serious stuff like The Economist, and green stuff like my favorite magazines Kiwi, Whole Living, Natural Home and Earth Island Journal. You can purchase one issue or subscribe like you would through the mail. Often the subscription is equal or cheaper than a traditional paper subscription. The app alerts you when a new issue is ready for download. This is also an app that once the content is downloaded you can read it when you do not have a connection.
NY Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal- no more newspaper deliveries!! These apps are free but the content may or may not be free. Right now the NY Times has a free app with free content but it is just editors choice information. The Wall Street Journal you need to pay for a subscription to in order to receive content. Whatever your favorite paper is I am sure you can find something you like through the news app section of the app store.
Amazon and iBook- I love books and I love to read but I simply hate carrying them around on the train with me. Now that I can download them I can have them with me at all times. I am also a person who can read more than one book at a time so this is perfect for me, I do not have to decide what I am in the mood for when I leave for work in the morning. You can also make notes and highlight in the iBook version of a book. It is important to note that there is not as big a selection in iBook right now. If you have a Kindle you can access your books on your iPad (or iPhone).
Catalog Spree- Lets face it, it is kinda fun to get catalogs. I miss them and when I get one and opt out of them there is a part of me that hopes I get one more to flip through before it stops but this app saved me. They have hundreds of stores catalogs in their library for you to look it. They are exactly the same as their catalogs in layout but better because you can follow the links to their website and do other awesome things. They are trying to grow their offerings so there is a function for you to tell them what catalog you want to see them offer.
GoodGuide- want to know how natural your food is? Scan the bar code and see how the product ranks in health, environmental and social ratings. You can even tell it which of these topics matters most to you.
Seafood Watch- this app was developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to let you find restaurants and markets that sell sustainable seafood using the GPS function on your phone.
Epicurious- We all know that we should eat foods that are in season and local. This app allows you to search recipes by ingredient. It also lets you pick recipes and makes a shopping list for you so all you have to do is take your ipad to the grocery store with you and you have all the info you need to make a delicious green dinner. Do not forget all the meatless options you can find here too… meatless Monday anyone?
Netflix- Watch your movies in your queue directly on your iPad. No dvd’s mailed to you and delivered by fossil fuel burning vehicles. If you have a Wii get the disc so you can watch your Netflix queue movies on your tv streamed from your Wii. The coolest thing, if you start watching a movie on your Wii and then you want to finish on your iPad it knows where you were and starts where you left off.
GoodReader- this app recognizes the many formats of attachments you may get and opens them for you and makes it easy to read. I have chosen not to print some items that I might have needed to print to review because of this app. It makes it so easy and neat to see and review documents.
ETSY- Want recycled, upcycled, or vintage goods their app will help you find everything you could possibly want. With a user name and password to the website you can even save your favorites for later! I have only had this app for a few days but I REALLY love it!
HopStop- If you use public transportation in a big city you need this app. This is the mapquest of public transportation. It tells you everything you need to know including how long it will take you to walk from the subway stop you get off at to reach your destination. I know that it is available for many large US cities including New York City.
Dora’s ABC’s- this just an example of an app that can help you reduce the paper waste produced by kids as they learn to write their letters. This game lets kids practice their writing and recognition of letters. I am sure there are millions of others.
Glow Draw- allows your kids to draw with their fingertips. It is a great way to let that two-year old scribble. If you have a budding Picasso, no worries, if you love that picture you can save it and have it forever!
Notes- this is preloaded but totally worth it. I have used it a lot. Remember when you would write yourself a to do list or a holiday gift list or something like that…. just type it into you notepad and you can add to it, change it and email it to someone!! It is easy on the eyes too which makes it nicer than just sending yourself an email.
Blogshelf- This app is awesome, it is basically the kindle/ibook/bookshelf of blogs. You find the blogs that you like to read and they are all on your bookshelf. They automatically load when you open the app and are available to read even when you are not in wi-fi or network coverage area. Ideal for an avid blog reader who travels.
Do you have any app recommendations?? Post them below.
Image: Earth First Magazine they have an iPad app for their magazine!!