educing waste has become a hot-button
topic. Some people embrace the mission,
while others don’t understand why it
is important. Zero waste living is about
more than just recycling! It’s about finding
quick-and-easy ways to lower your impact
on the planet by tossing less in the trash.
It’s about drawing less on natural resources, producing less
carbon emissions, and sending less toxic objects to landfills
and oceans around the world. By using these simple iPhone
apps, you can throw less away and help make a brighter and
healthier future for generations to come.
Freecycle + Trash Nothing!
You can’t beat free! If you have something
that you want to get rid of that still has some life
left in it—Freecycle it! Freecycle connects peo-
ple in your area to items that others are looking to give away.
No more leaving things out by the curb hoping someone will
see them and pick them up. With this app, you’ll have an entire
community of people who can benefit from the items you no
longer need or want. You never know how those items could
impact someone else out there! If you are spring cleaning, decluttering, or just looking to downsize, you can use Freecycle to
avoid putting all those items in a landfill.
For any of you trying to monitor your waste,
you know how overwhelming junk mail can be.
It’s stuff that you have never asked for and yet it somehow becomes your problem to deal with. Recycling is great, but it still
consumes energy and produces toxins. If you want to avoid all
of that from the very start, PaperKarma is a great choice. This
unique app helps you eliminate waste you never intended to
create in the first place by unsubscribing you from junk mail.
Just snap a pic of flyers, mailers, and paper products with the
app, and PaperKarma will take you off their mailing lists.
Don’t let your love of books and reading cre-
ate unnecessary waste. With apps like Kindle,
you can read all you want without ever contrib-
uting to the waste epidemic. We’re not suggesting that you
never buy another hard copy book again. Some people are
passionate about paper books and like to collect, reread, orga-
nize, and even decorate with them. For others, once they’ve
read a book it’s headed for recycling, donation, or the trash.
So if you only need a book for a short time, never plan to read
it again, and don’t think you’ll pass it on to someone else, just
download it via Kindle. You don’t even need a Kindle device
to use the service. You can download the app to almost any
smartphone, tablet, or computer.
With Poshmark, you can buy used items for
your wardrobe. Poshmark makes it easy to buy
designer clothing and accessories at a reasonable price that you’d otherwise have to splurge on. By shop-
Top Picks to Help You Hit Your Zero Waste Goals
by Becca Ludlum