The iPhone is quickly becoming an indispensable travel tool, replacing the need to carry several gadgets every time you go on a trip. On the Travel Gear Blog we’re going to outline some of the ways you can turn your iPhone into the ideal piece of travel gear.
Anyone with even the slightest environmental streak knows that travel can be a bit guilt-inducing. There are the environmental impacts of transportation, the waste produced by many hotels and hostels, and the distinct lack of recycling options in some parts of the world. At home, you know your green options – but how can you stay eco-friendly when you’re in unfamiliar territory? These iPhone apps can help.
With these iPhone apps, you can turn just about any trip into a more eco-friendly trip – learn how to maximize your car’s mileage on a road trip to save gas, figure out where the local eco-friendly businesses are, and even track down where to recycle.
Eco Travel Apps for the iPhone
While an app like MyMPG is a no-brainer for anyone who is constantly behind the wheel for business trips or any kind of fun road trip, the truth is that in helping you figure out how to get the most mileage out of the fuel you put into your car the app can save you quite a bit of money no matter how much or how little you drive. In practical terms, you’ll save money by spending less on gas – and you’ll be helping the environment while you’re at it.
If the green side of you has trouble letting go of your organized recycling bins at home in order to travel, then download the iRecycle app before your next trip. It covers the entire United States and lets you know where you can recycle whatever needs recycling when you’re on the road. Not only that, the app will even tell you about “green” events that are going on near you.
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You may know which businesses are sustainable where you live, but it’s harder to know what stores are green when you’re in an unfamiliar place. It doesn’t have to be hard, however, if you have the Find Green app. It’ll direct you to one of its 56,000+ listings throughout the U.S.
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The term “locavore” may turn out to be one of those annoying overused terms of 2010, but what it represents is something any green traveler can get behind. With the Locavore app you’ll find out what foods are local and in season wherever you are in the U.S., so you can make more eco-friendly dining decisions.
This free app helps you determine your carbon footprint from all the trips you take – from business trips to holidays to even the commuting you do. Not only will Carbon Tracker tell you what your carbon footprint is, however, it’ll also help you figure out ways to reduce your overall footprint by setting monthly goals.
My Grocery Master
The My Grocery Master app isn’t just about green dining, but it happens to have some features eco-conscious travelers may really appreciate. The app helps you figure out where to shop around the U.S. whether you’re looking for gluten-free, Kosher, organic, vegan, or any other specific dietary requirements.
Carpooling is easy to organize when you’re at home, but if you’re based in an unfamiliar place for awhile and you’re still looking to cut down on your driving the Carticipate app might be able to help. It will match you with other “carticipants” where you are, and it works outside the U.S., too. What’s more, it’s also on Facebook so you’re not just limited to the pool of people with an iPhone.
Gorgeously Green Survival Guide
The Gorgeously Green Survival Guide app is geared primarily toward women who want to stay green no matter where they go, but it’s got useful information for both genders. There information in this app about eco-friendly shopping, beauty products, home accessories, and foods. It’s not an app that will give you local information, but it’ll give you eco-reference points for quite a few subjects which you can then look up local information for using one of the other apps on this list.