Remember when your cell phone’s only other use was “paperweight”? Well, those days are officially over and good riddance! Stashing our smartphones in our backpacks, today’s green IgoUgo travelers make more informed decisions with the help of nifty apps.
Here are our picks for the top seven eco-travel apps. From finding the best hiking trails to offsetting your trip, these programs will help you travel smarter and greener.
- Hike by American Hiking Society $3.99
Want to embrace your inner hiker like Moira126 in her Yosemite National Park journal? Then download this app from non-profit American Hiking Society and gain access to over 300 hiking map bundles! The maps are stored on your phone so you don’t have to scale the nearest peak to grab a signal. Plus, the app supports an awesome organization that is protecting America’s parks and trails.
- greenMeter $5.99
There are a lot of fuel consumption apps on the market, but this one has a decidedly green bent and has been featured in the New York Times. It cleverly monitors your fuel and power consumption and analyzes your driving to help you be more efficient.
- GoodGuide Free!
This handy app is a must-have for any green champion--at home and abroad. GoodGuide scans barcodes and gives you a product rating within seconds. Want to know what harmful chemicals to watch out for in your bug spray? This is the app for you.
- Lonely Planet Travel Guides Free for the App, Guides for $5.99
Spare a tree and a little space in your suitcase, too. Download this free app and then purchase guides for popular cities to enjoy on your phone. Not only will you be able to check your “guidebook” without looking like a tourist, you’ll also be doing something good for the earth.
- Peterson Field Guides to Birds $2.99 Each
There’s almost nothing greener than a birding trip near home and avian enthusiasts can download a Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds, Birds of Prey, and Warblers right to their phones. Think birding is for the birds? Just ask samepenny
how fun it can be.
- iRecycle Free!
Do they recycle plastic in Philly? What about glass in Galveston? When you’re on the road, it’s hard to know the local recycling laws. Enter iRecycle. This program, from the smart folks over at Earth911.com, will help you locate the nearest recycling center for your item.
- Carbon Calc Free!
With a thumbs-up from Grist, this carbon calculator and donation app rises to the top. It lets you quickly calculate your emissions and then donate an offset to negate the impact of your trip.
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Posted by apresley (Alison Presley)
Comment by eyesoftheworldStaff on October 13, 2010
One more, and it's free: The National Park Field Guides (iPhone) App from the National Parks Conservation Association. From their site, "NPCAs new National Park Field Guide provides a complete view of a park wildlife, as well as a comprehensive ecosystem review of 50 national parks."