Written and illustrated by me. Originally published on Selva Beat.
Those of us looking to be more conscious in our actions often revere simpler times. We try our hand at brewing our own beer, making our own toothpaste, and mending our own clothes. These are fine ways to slow consumption and appreciate natural processes, but we shouldn’t overlook the ways technology can help us achieve more abstract goals associated with sustainability. Most of us have smartphones in hand, so why not leverage them for good? An app won’t be able to force you to do something you don’t want to do, but they are tools to help nudge, simplify, or streamline solutions. From shopping secondhand to mindfulness to self-care reminders, we all know there’s an app for that.
Most of the ones below are free, but the app market these days is akin to a discount store — you might find a great deal, but you’ll have to wade through a lot of garbage to get to it. I waded through it all for you and found the apps on this curated list to be both well-designed and beneficial to the user. I’ve looked at each one and asked, “Is this app worth my time and, perhaps more importantly, my data storage?" Read on for what each one does to improve your life.