Top 7 Best Green iPhone Apps

by , 12/17/09
filed under: green gadgets, Innovation

Electronics have a pretty nasty rep as polluters of the Earth, but they can actually be an environmentalist’s best friend when they’re used for good instead of evil. One of the best examples we can think of? The iPhone! From calculators to maps to rulers to books, the iPhone replaces so many things that we’d otherwise have to produce, consume and probably throw away with handy (and oftentimes free) apps. Read on to see our recommendations for the top 7 best green iPhone apps (in the words of our readers) as well as the winner of our sweet bamboo iPhone case giveaway!

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In the words of brazenbaretoe: I love the Good Guide app. It helps when shopping in the grocery store. It tells you what products are environmentally good and now it has a barcode reader that makes looking up items even more convenient.

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In the words of iPhone Monster: I love “A Real Tree” because it’s a pet tree that I can watch change with the seasons on my phone, but it also supports reforestation by giving money to plant trees in the real world!

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Unlike our other picks, this incredible app wasn’t chosen by our readers because it’s so advanced that it’s not even available to the general public! The genii over at NASA developed this prototype chemical sensor that hooks up to the iPhone to sniff out small amounts of chemicals like methane, ammonia, and chlorine gas a use that could save lives.

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  1. Verde Energy Savings March 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm
  2. neonneonneon April 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Check out iPhone app “Green Travel Choice”: [iTunes] Amazing how much CO2 you actually save by using public transportation instead of your car… You just make two clicks on a map and get your CO2 emissions for 9 modes of transport – whether it’s the next trip overseas or just a ride downtown. Two initial partners for awareness campaign are The International Ecotourism Society and Cleaner Climate…

  3. stepet February 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    have you seen the new review from The Guardian, for example a valuable app for weekly commuting. Social network and competitions in the The Top-10 list is found at:

  4. eh44s February 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    For those app developers that don’t know Objective-C and Cocoa Touch and don’t want to outsource development, check out localbeacon (an iphone app builder) at Great for those who want to build just one app or developers interested in white label. Full integration of Twitter and Facebook.

    Our first major application for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is now online at

    Please check us out, we’d love the chance to earn your business!

  5. easyecoblog February 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Nice list of Green apps.
    Our new app just got approved: Easy Green

    We focus on helping people be more green while saving money at the same time. Solar energy, recycling, electronics, organic food, and more are covered.

  6. pharox December 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I use some of these. The green guide is pretty good. There is a green tech app being released by Kuuala in Jan. 2010

  7. pharox December 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    This is a good list of apps. I heard that a Green Tech company is releasing one at the end of January 2010 too that is supposed to be great

  8. jubil8nt December 18, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Does anyone really believe that reading books on an electronic device is better for the earth than books? Trees are a renewable resource – unlike all the materials that go into gadgets, which get traded in for new ones every couple of years. I love my iPhone, but I don’t pretend it’s good for the earth.

  9. grunch December 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Where’s the Droid?! iPhone can do so much the Droid can only drool about (robots drool, don’t they?)!

  10. HydroJohn December 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Wow the NASA’S CHEMICAL SNIFFING APP looks awesome! For mroe free iphone apps visit:

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