It’s 40 years since the first Earth Day. It’s my fortieth year this year too. Purely coincidental? Whatever, I thought it was kinda cool.
In respect of Earth Day 2010, I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of some interesting Organikal type iPhone apps and give you my verdict.
Billion Acts of Green (official – free – Earth Day Network app – you’ll need to create an account to sign in and to be frank, it’s quicker and easier making your pledges on your PC, but it’s always fun to shake your iPhone for a result, no?)
Grow Your Own (a free app from the Royal Horticultural Society – find out which veg is best for you to grow, then receive updates throughout the season – and access to professional advice. Loving it so far, but would like to see a greater variety.)
Book of Green (another free app and this time it’s a new and growing directory of eco friendly businesses – allow access to your location and it’ll give you lists of green businesses by category. Delighted to see Ethics Girls in there. Super stuff.)
Whole Foods Recipes (we don’t have Whole Foods here in Scotland, but the recipes will surely be useful?)
Eat by the Season (love this idea, but it needs more content and I’m positive cherry tomatoes aren’t in season in December)
Find Recycling (allow the app to use your location and it’ll tell you where your nearest recycling station is. This would only be useful it was comprehensive and up to date, but it isn’t – don’t bother spending your £0.59)
LitterBug Lite! (a free games app to help your tiny kids learn about picking up litter. We need it for the not so tiny kids out our way!)
There’s loads more, sure there is – did you ever think to while away your time and get a little green-fingered along the way?
If audio is more your thing, then Audible have compiled a cool wee selection of titles of Earth Day Audibles especially for the event, too.
Here are 5 simple things you might like to think about for your Earth Day pledges;
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year – dirty coils can use up to 30% more energy than clean.
- Switch to an electricity supplier that sources power from 100% renewable energy sources (we use Good Energy).
- Half of all the food we eat in the UK is imported – buy only local produce (at least every second week).
- Get yourself a home compost bin in time for Compost Awareness Week 2-8 May 2010 (Waste Aware Scotland offers subsidised bins).
- Stop using your garden sprinkler – leaving your sprinkler on for an hour can use as much water as family of four normally uses in 2 days.
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