We all get the guilts over how much time we spend staring at that tiny screen in our hand, but too often we overlook the fact that we can use our devices as a force for change.
With that in mind, we’ve collected five great apps from a range of different fields that can help make a difference in today’s world.
Now, there’s a lot of rubbish out there, but also a lot of good, and we don’t pretend to know it all. So we encourage you to use this post as a good place to start your own altruistic app hunting journey.
GoodGuide is a useful tool for deciphering which products – predominantly household and personal care – contain harmful ingredients for your body and the environment. Products are scored from a low of 0 to a high of 10. The higher the number, the healthier the product.
By delving a little deeper into the app, you can find out which specific ingredients have been demonised and why, making it easier to shop more wisely in the future. There is also a filter that allows you to search solely for vegan-friendly and cruelty-free products. A great tool that makes clean living just a little easier!
Donate a Photo
I can’t be the only one who’s been unable to update their phone’s software for goodness-knows-how-long because of the sheer amount of photos clogging up storage space…right?
If that sounds familiar, Donate a Photo might be something of interest. Johnson & Johnson have created an app that asks you to donate one photo per day to one of their featured causes. Each time you do, the charity or cause will receive one US dollar. Once a cause reaches its goal, a new one is added to take its place.
And that’s it. It really is as simple as uploading one photo (of absolutely anything) a day. What’s your excuse?
Often the hardest part of volunteering is knowing where to volunteer. We all have different beliefs, passions, and ideas about the best way to get things done. VolunteerMatch is an app that aims to connect “good people with good causes”, based on the types of causes you’re most interested in – whether it’s animals, hunger, education, or disaster relief.
Based in San Francisco and launched in 1998, this organisation has been tried and tested and has seen over 98,000 nonprofit companies use their forward-thinking recruitment tool during its 20 year history.
Now, this app is a bit of a wild card. Invoice2Go isn’t an app that’s going to change the world per-say, but rather an app designed to help out the little guys. More specifically, it’s aimed at helping small business owners.
Created by Chris Strode, a freelance programmer, this app is designed to help you generate, send, and keep track of your invoices in the most convenient and simple way possible.
We threw this one in here to remind you that there are also a whole host of apps out there to help you manage your time and money more effectively. And if you can manage your money well, then, in theory, you’ll have more to give, right?
This app was developed by two Australian students who wanted to make it easy for Aussies to learn how to recycle properly. According to the website:
“Sustain Me is a recycling app designed to explain exactly how to recycle your waste.”
The app aims to answer any and all your questions, such as ‘can I recycle broken glass?’, and allows you to enter you address and receive locally relevant information.