6 Green Apps Designed to Save the Planet


| 7/1/2014 10:59:00 AM


We all know it's true: the Earth simply can't keep up with us. We waste and continue to produce, stripping the natural resources and filling dumps with manmade garbage. What can we do about it?

Well, there are several app designers looking for better solutions that fit into our everyday lives. Free and ready to help you conserve, these green apps make your phone the perfect environmental sidekick (though, you might have to get more data to check out all the great ideas here).

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PaperKarma: Reduce Paper Waste

Junk mail is the commercial ads, letters, and flyers no one wants, yet it continues to flow through our mailboxes at a rate of three million tons each year. That's a lot of wasted trees that go straight to our dumps or recycling centers, often without ever being opened or given a second glance. PaperKarma is an app designed to stop that unwanted paper spam. Simply snap a photo of the unwanted mail and PaperKarma contacts the company to remove you from its distribution list.

Getaround: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Living in the city means less of a need for a daily vehicle. Where will you park, and how much do you really want to spend on gas? Getaround is the genius app that connects people who own cars to those who want to rent one. Rather than rent a car from a car company, you can simply rent a car from an owner who isn't currently using theirs. Search for the perfect car, set your schedule, unlock the car with your iPhone, and manage your trip—all with the Getaround app. Of course, this works both ways; register your car and earn money renting it out when it would otherwise be sitting idle.



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