I love it how certain apps make our life easier, especially when it comes to sustainable living. It can be a bit hard sometimes to find out which brands are truly ethical and what can you personally do to reduce your environmental impact. Well, the good news is there are several great apps that can help you with that. Here are my top three favourite ones at the moment: Good On You, United Wardrobe and Too Good To Go.
Good On You
Good On You is an ethical fashion app that offers a global directory of sustainable brands. For each brand, you can see how ethical it is; how well it treats its people, the animals and the planet in general. You can sort the brands by clothing type and by budget: $ (‘affordable’), $$ (‘treat yourself’) and $$$ (‘premium’). I really appreciate that, because ethical fashion can be quite pricey, and it’s nice to have one place where I can find so many affordable brands.
Fun fact: Emma Watson is the new ambassador of the Good On You app. She’s a big supporter of ethical fashion and believes it’s important that we know where our clothes come from, who made them and how they were made. Emma Watson has a great sense of style, which proves beautifully that choosing ethical clothing doesn’t mean giving up luxury and stylish outfits. Check out the app, you’ll love it.
Buying new stuff is always fun, but what to do with your old but still perfectly wearable clothes? Well, that’s where United Wardrobe comes in. The app was created for buying and selling second-hand clothing, shoes and accessories.
I think it’s a great idea. It gives many unwanted items, which might otherwise end up in the trash, a new life. At the same time, it allows you to buy amazing things without overpaying. You can buy a lot of great stuff, from vintage to designer pieces, bags and jewellery. So, you will save some money and help to reduce fashion waste, which is a bigger problem than some of us may think.
And we all have items that we once loved, but simply don’t want to wear anymore. Why not let someone else enjoy them and earn a little cash in the process? It’s a win-win situation! I recently posted my first piece of clothing and I’m very excited about it.
Too Good To Go
Fashion waste is only one of the problems, unfortunately. One of the biggest environmental issues we are facing today is food waste. Stores, bakeries and restaurants that don’t sell all their food are forced to throw it out at the end of the day. This is not a sustainable way of life.
Thankfully, there are some people who offer great solutions, like the developers of the Too Good To Go app. The app is available in 11 European countries and allows you to buy at a great discount perfectly edible, delicious food that wasn’t sold by the end of the day. We saved some food from IKEA once and got enough food for four people for a little over €11. Great deal!
You can’t choose what you get, because the shops and restaurants can’t predict what exactly will be left over. If there are different things available though, they will ask you what you prefer. I’ve read some complaints by users who weren’t happy with what they got and because of that wouldn’t use the app anymore. I think that’s sad, because the app explains pretty well how it works. And we shouldn’t miss the bigger picture, which is that it was created to save unsold food, not to satisfy our cravings. If we want things to change, we have to stop expecting to get whatever we want, whenever we want, without considering the consequences.