Waste-Saving Apps That Are Actually Useful

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The list of “green” apps grows longer by the day, but many receive dismal reviews and are frankly not all that useful for reducing waste. To save you some time scouring the app store, Earth911 assembled this list of go-to green apps to help you conserve resources and reduce waste while on-the-go. As an added bonus, each of these apps is available for free, so you’ll get all the eco benefits without the inflated wireless bill.

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As the name implies, the Key Ingredient app allow s you to search out recipes by ingredient – making it easy to use up all the perishable food in your fridge, freezer and pantry before it goes to waste. Photo: Key Ingredient

Key Ingredient

Available for all Apple and Android devices

Not sure what to do with the extra produce in your fridge? There’s an app for that. The Key Ingredient app allows you to browse recipes by ingredient, making it easy to use up everything in your fridge, freezer and pantry before it goes to waste.

Powered by KeyIngredient.com, a free social recipe site with more than 1.5 million user-submitted recipes, this foodie-centric app provides one-touch access to the fastest growing recipe collection on the Web. For added convenience, you can also organize your favorite recipes into handy cookbooks for later use and follow your friends to view all of their top picks.

Download Key Ingredient for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Download Key Ingredient for Android phones and tablets

AmpleHarvest

Available for all Apple and Android devices

As any home gardener knows, crops often yield a more than anticipated – leaving you with a harvest that’s larger than you know what to do with. For those times when you’re left with way too many tomatoes, check out the AmpleHarvest mobile app rather than letting your bounty go to waste.

The AmpleHarvest.org campaign strives to connect home gardeners who have surplus produce with registered food pantries, reducing food waste and feeding families in need. In addition to listing nearby food pantries that accept excess produce, the app lets you browse packaged foods that local pantries need – ensuring your donations can be easily put to good use.

Download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Download for Android phones and tablets

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Not sure which energy-efficient light bulb is compatible with your fixtures? Check out the Light Bulb Finder app, which recommends energy-saving CFLs and LEDs based on financial payback, light quality, appearance, fit and compatibility for easy-peasy shopping. Photo: Light Bulb Finder

Light Bulb Finder

Available for all Apple and Android devices

Choosing the right energy-efficient light bulb for your needs and budget is often easier said than done, but the Light Bulb Finder app is here to help. Available for all Apple and Android devices, Light Bulb Finder recommends the best energy-saving CFL or LED for you, based on financial payback, light quality, appearance, fit and compatibility.

Create a customized shopping list of recommended bulbs for easy reference while shopping, or buy bulbs directly through the app. In addition to cost savings, the app also estimates annual CO2 reduction per bulb, so you can see just how much of an impact your lighting switch makes.

Download Light Bulb Finder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Download Light Bulb Finder for Android phones and tablets

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.

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