If you’re agonizing over prices, labels, and nutritional information during grocery shopping, then, worry no more! There are simple smartphone applications that you can use if you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your purchase or the well-being of your family. Make better shopping choices now with the following Android and iOS apps for sustainable and ethical grocery shopping.
Available for Android and iOS:
The Buycott app tends to encourage consumers to vote for social change through their wallets, which is done by joining campaigns, while helping a cause to avoid the products that oppose ethical standards. This app helps you support companies that have ethical practices. Hence, this app allows you to trace products back through their production chain, while keeping you educated with involved companies. Buycott allows you to search for food items easily, including the search for product bar codes.
Good Guide is another good source, letting you search by product, while providing you with ‘scientific’ scores when it comes to the environmental, health, and societal contributions and stand of a certain company. This app can also look for items through their barcode, making the tasks easier.
The Non-GMO Project shopping guide is the sole third-party verification, which certifies and labels items that are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)-free. This app allows you to look for food items by brand, type, product, or keyword.
Similar to the previous app, the Check GMO allows you to quickly identify the food items that are gluten-free, vegan, organic, and GMO-free. Through its simple search function, this app shows color-coded key, telling you if the item contains such ingredients from the category list.
EWG Food Scores
Also known as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Food Scores, this app can rate items according to ingredients, processing, and nutrition. It basically helps consumers in identifying food items that contain additives, pesticides, and antibiotics of concern.
This app helps you trace the sweet treats by flavor preference and location. The Choco-locate app also allows you to filter based on items that meet the fair trade ethical standards of production.
True Food is the perfect app for meticulous consumers, providing a real-time guide to non-GMO shopping. On a daily basis, this app gives updates with news, tips, and new alerts on how to prevent GMO products. It also tells you where to look for sustainable alternatives.
Shop Ethical! is the app that makes the world a better place, giving you accurate information on your purchases such as dairy, meat products, baby items, and cleaning goods, all based on ethical and environmental footprint. This app allows you to support the green brands, making a difference in the world. Its latest version now contains clothing data, including the labor standards, worker safety, and animal cruelty practices and principles of your favorite brands.
Choose Cruelty Free
The Choose Cruelty Free app lets you access an extensive list of accredited cruelty-free products. This app comes in very handy today, considering the unlimited household cleaning and beauty products on the market. Thus, it is imperative to find excellent quality products, which have never been tested on animals.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) say that fish is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, although it is also among the fastest-depleting natural resources worldwide. This is basically due to unsustainable fishing and over-fishing practices. Fortunately, the Seafood Watch app encourages consumers to eat seafood responsibly without contributing to the growing issue. Ocean-friendly choices at fish shops, supermarkets, and restaurants are provided at your fingertip through the Sustainable Seafood app.
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The Fruit Checker is a sustainable and ethical grocery shopping app that confirms whether a product is certified organic, genetically modified, or conventionally grown. At times, this app indicates where the product was grown. All in all, it is very useful for every careful consumer.
FoodSwitch is a clever app that lets you scan certain food items as you shop, while it suggests healthier alternatives. There are roughly 20,000 barcodes on FoodSwitch’s database, allowing you to use your phone’s camera in scanning the item. Color-coded nutritional data appear on the app: green (means eat the most), amber (means eat moderately), and red (means eat the least). Once the red color appears, the app shows you some food alternatives and suggestions.
Having the ShopWell app is like carrying a pocket-sized nutritionist on your shopping trips. This app trumps the various calorie-counting apps around, providing a complete package of nutritional advice, which you can customize according to your dietary goals and health needs. Through the profile setting of the app, ShopWell is able to record your gender, age, medical conditions, dietary requirements, and items you’d want to avoid. Easy-to-read and color-coded rating system is also offered by this app.
Love Food Hate Waste
This app primarily aims at helping people reduce the amount of wasted food. Love Food Hate Waste app offers a shopping list function, fantastic recipes, and a meal planner. The loads of recipes allow you to convert leftovers, thereby, food is not wasted at all.
Indeed, ethical consumption is increasingly gaining popularity and relevance in reconciling worldwide agricultural production and the biodiversity conservation. Hence, smartphones are now equipped with such sustainability apps, connecting consumer decisions with their biodiversity and environmental impacts.
[ALSO SEE: OUR GUIDE TO READING NUTRITION LABELS]