Category: Smart phone apps

New app tackles Mississippi River pollution

Read the full story from WQAD.

The Quad Cities joined a new Mississippi River clean-up initiative that utilizes an app to track pollution data.

Xtreme cleanup and local governments have collaborated with the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative for a month-long program tracking data on litter along the river and the land that surrounds it. The app is called the Marine Debris Tracker app

PFAS in cosmetics: Clearya and GSPI found PFAS in 1,000 products from 120 brands

Read the full story from Clearya.

Clearya is a browser plug-in and a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones that works automatically while consumers are shopping online. When users browse products on Amazon, Sephora, and other online stores, the cosmetics’ ingredients are automatically analyzed. As a result, the user is then instantly notified of unsafe chemicals it detects, including PFAS. The goal is to make it easy for shoppers to choose products without chemicals of concern and make informed decisions.

Nature is medicine. But what’s the right dose?

Read the full story at Outside.

A new app called NatureQuant harnesses the latest research to track and rate your time outside. Next up: determining how much you need.

Can gig workers help improve litter collection? Philadelphia app aims to tackle the problem

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Glitter, backed by tech entrepreneurs and a sanitation worker turned Instagram star, asks sponsors to pay for neighborhood cleanups. So far, Philadelphia’s Streets Department is not convinced.

App eliminates food waste, supports local businesses and saves users money

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Discounted food, supporting local business, eliminating food waste and an element of surprise – the only thing Too Good To Go, a food app committed to ending food waste, is missing is a market in my stomping grounds of Atlanta (reference “heartbroken” in the dictionary for an apt description of how I felt when I realized this).

The app serves as a marketplace for hungry users looking to score “surprise bags” from restaurants dealing with a surplus of food. Instead of a bakery, for example, tossing away its unsold baguettes and croissants at the end of the night, a bread-loving consumer may pop into the app and purchase the goods at a fraction of the market rate. Too Good To Go calls its commitment to reducing food waste, trading otherwise trashed food for profits for business owners and boosting savings for hungry consumers a win-win-win.

Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from people on the water

Read the full story at KDLG.

Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.

Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app

Read the full story from the National Park Service.

Just in time for National Park Week, the new National Park Service (NPS) mobile app (go.nps.gov/app) is now available for visitors to national parks across the country. Created by park rangers with visitors in mind, the NPS App gives the public up-to-date information about all 423 national parks in one easy-to-use app.

Visitors can download the NPS App in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store to plan a trip, find interactive maps, download maps and tours ahead of time and find things to do and places to visit during National Park Week and beyond.

An Irish startup can work out your carbon footprint from your grocery receipt

Read the full story at CNN Business.

The production and distribution of food accounts for around a third of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. But as a consumer, it’s difficult to measure the climate impact of what you eat.

A Dublin-based startup called Evocco could soon make it much easier.

Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information

Read the full story at KULR8.

A Blackfeet woman has started a non-profit organization to gather and share information, resources, and history of the tribe with travelers across Montana and Canada. The project promotes interaction and contribution from the public. Souta Calling Last collects centuries worth of information through storytelling, factual data, and social trends to help tribal members and tourists better understand the area where they live or explore.

Too Good to Go to expand nationally

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Too Good To Go, the world’s #1 app for fighting food waste, today announces plans for national expansion to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and calls on all food industry professionals to consider becoming a Too Good To Go partner. Since the B Corp’s U.S. launch four short months ago, the app has already amassed 300,000 users and over 800 partners in New York City, Boston and Jersey City. Following its success in these markets, Too Good To Go eyes national expansion in 2021.  

The Too Good to Go mobile app, available for iOS in the Apple store or Google Play for Android, connects grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and cafes to customers, ensuring the delicious, surplus food from these eateries isn’t thrown away. Instead, the food can be packaged in a Surprise Bag (contents of which vary daily, based on how sales are going), which will then be  picked up by app users around closing time. Through the app, store owners can profit from fresh food that would otherwise be tossed. Moreover, store owners and grocers can recoup operational and food production costs with the money made from Surprise Bags. 

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