Best App for Shopping Green
To market: Tap the Markets button to see a map of all the farmers markets in your community (US only). Green pins show markets that are currently open; red means the market is closed. The app relies on the iPhone’s GPS to determine your location for this feature, but you can scroll and pinch to find other locations on the map, too. Tap a market to see more information.
What's fresh? Tap In Season to explore what’s fresh in your region. The app lists current harvests for your state, with a timer showing how much longer the local growing period lasts. Tap an item to see where else that veggie is fresh. Here, red states indicate where pumpkins are about to go out of season, while green shows pumpkin patches thriving for a few more weeks. The app also offers recipes for local, in-season produce.
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Go figure, but it turns out fruit and veggies taste better when they're not shipped for days on end or catapulted from the other side of the planet. Locavore helps you find local produce and plan menus around food that's in season in your area. The app lists the closest farmers markets, along with opening times and locations. You can also check the current harvest in your area, or figure out just where those February tomatoes are coming from.
Focus on the Best: GoodGuide offers ratings of four categories of consumer products, and you can drill down into each to browse subcategories and then the products themselves. GoodGuide lists products with the highest rating first, aiming to identify the best products rather than shame the worst. To find the rating of a specific product, tap the Search tab and type the product name to see matching listings.
Behind the rating: Tap a product to see the details behind its overall rating. GoodGuide assigns a product’s overall rating based on scores for three indexes: health, environmental, and social. The summary screen gives only very brief details about the reasoning behind the rating (much more info is available at goodguide.com). Food products offer the most detail, with nutritional tidbits and lists of any worrisome ingredients.
You’ve certainly wondered if various products are any good, but have you ever stopped to consider if they’re actually… good? Good for the environment, good for society, good for the workers who produce them? GoodGuide aims to tell you exactly that. The app taps into the online service at goodguide.com, which ranks over 70,000 products on a one-to-ten scale based on a range of concerns including consumer safety, health, corporate governance, customer service, and environmental impact. Search for a specific product, or browse categories to find products GoodGuide has judged brimming with goodness.
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