Apps That Make You Green!

So you got an iPad or iPhone (or an Android)… it seems like everyone is joining the Apple brigade. Here are some apps that help you be be a green Apple. Since I got my iPad almost two years ago and my iPhone just a few weeks ago (weird right? it took me so long) I have used a lot less paper and have been able to be more green. Here are some of my recommendations

Zinio- This app lets you digitally subscribe to magazines. Their list of magazines continues to grow but as of right now they have the most comprehensive list of magazines I have seen in one app. You can get fun stuff like US, serious stuff like The Economist, and green stuff like my favorite magazines Kiwi, Whole Living, Natural Home and Earth Island Journal. You can purchase one issue or subscribe like you would through the mail. Often the subscription is equal or cheaper than a traditional paper subscription. The app alerts you when a new issue is ready for download. This is also an app that once the content is downloaded you can read it when you do not have a connection.

NY Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal- no more newspaper deliveries!! These apps are free but the content may or may not be free. Right now the NY Times has a free app with free content but it is just editors choice information. The Wall Street Journal you need to pay for a subscription to in order to receive content. Whatever your favorite paper is I am sure you can find something you like through the news app section of the app store.

Amazon and iBook- I love books and I love to read but I simply hate carrying them around on the train with me. Now that I can download them I can have them with me at all times. I am also a person who can read more than one book at a time so this is perfect for me, I do not have to decide what I am in the mood for when I leave for work in the morning. You can also make notes and highlight in the iBook version of a book. It is important to note that there is not as big a selection in iBook right now. If you have a Kindle you can access your books on your iPad (or iPhone).

Catalog Spree- Lets face it, it is kinda fun to get catalogs. I miss them and when I get one and opt out of them there is a part of me that hopes I get one more to flip through before it stops but this app saved me. They have hundreds of stores catalogs in their library for you to look it. They are exactly the same as their catalogs in layout but better because you can follow the links to their website and do other awesome things. They are trying to grow their offerings so there is a function for you to tell them what catalog you want to see them offer.

GoodGuide- want to know how natural your food is? Scan the bar code and see how the product ranks in health, environmental and social ratings. You can even tell it which of these topics matters most to you.

Seafood Watch- this app was developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to let you find restaurants and markets that sell sustainable seafood using the GPS function on your phone.

Epicurious- We all know that we should eat foods that are in season and local. This app allows you to search recipes by ingredient. It also lets you pick recipes and makes a shopping list for you so all you have to do is take your ipad to the grocery store with you and you have all the info you need to make a delicious green dinner. Do not forget all the meatless options you can find here too… meatless Monday anyone?

Netflix- Watch your movies in your queue directly on your iPad. No dvd’s mailed to you and delivered by fossil fuel burning vehicles. If you have a Wii get the disc so you can watch your Netflix queue movies on your tv streamed from your Wii. The coolest thing, if you start watching a movie on your Wii and then you want to finish on your iPad it knows where you were and starts where you left off.

GoodReader- this app recognizes the many formats of attachments you may get and opens them for you and makes it easy to read. I have chosen not to print some items that I might have needed to print to review because of this app. It makes it so easy and neat to see and review documents.

ETSY- Want recycled, upcycled, or vintage goods their app will help you find everything you could possibly want. With a user name and password to the website you can even save your favorites for later! I have only had this app for a few days but I REALLY love it!

HopStop- If you use public transportation in a big city you need this app. This is the mapquest of public transportation. It tells you everything you need to know including how long it will take you to walk from the subway stop you get off at to reach your destination. I know that it is available for many large US cities including New York City.

Dora’s ABC’s- this just an example of an app that can help you reduce the paper waste produced by kids as they learn to write their letters. This game lets kids practice their writing and recognition of letters. I am sure there are millions of others.

Glow Draw- allows your kids to draw with their fingertips. It is a great way to let that two-year old scribble. If you have a budding Picasso, no worries, if you love that picture you can save it and have it forever!

Notes- this is preloaded but totally worth it. I have used it a lot. Remember when you would write yourself a to do list or a holiday gift list or something like that…. just type it into you notepad and you can add to it, change it and email it to someone!! It is easy on the eyes too which makes it nicer than just sending yourself an email.

Bonus App:
Blogshelf- This app is awesome, it is basically the kindle/ibook/bookshelf of blogs. You find the blogs that you like to read and they are all on your bookshelf. They automatically load when you open the app and are available to read even when you are not in wi-fi or network coverage area. Ideal for an avid blog reader who travels.

Do you have any app recommendations?? Post them below.

Image: Earth First Magazine they have an iPad app for their magazine!!

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Holiday Gift Wish List: 2010 Edition

There are lots of gift guides out there but there are three holiday wish/ recommendation lists out today that you have to check out Cupcakes and Cutlery, Hank and Hunt, and of course this one.

Our lists are different they blog about how to have awesome parties and fun crafts. This list will give you some green gift ideas… some are for the beginner greenie and other are for those who have been on the green path for a long time, some are things I have while other items are things I want… really want!


The perfect gift for kids: A modern and green Dollhouse. I want to get this dollhouse for my daughter mostly because I love it. This is the Brinca Dada Bennett townhouse. First it is not plastic, that is always great but this is like a LEED certified type of dollhouse The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom. Solar-powered LED lights make for play by sun or moon. And Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains, so it is easy on the environment.


For cooks: the best gift is a gift pack of grass feed beef from LaCense beef and some great barbecue tools. I love LaCense beef, it tastes great and more natural than anything you have ever had before… A true foodie would appreciate it. If you really want to turn up the green meter for a gift for a cook get them a solar oven! I have told my husband that I really want to get one and he laughs at me EVERY time. But think about it in the heat of the summer the last thing you want to do is turn the oven on in your house.

energy-wise landscape design
For the Gardener or New Homeowner: the book Energywise Landscape by Sue Reed is perfect for the experienced gardener and the beginner. It is amazing how many things you can do to make your landscape energy efficient. The book is laid out in a way that explains how things work. The book also offers you many different options to achieve the same thing.
Complimentary gifts: gardening tools, gift certificate to the local nursery, rain barrel (so they can collect the rain water to water their new landscape), or even better some of your time in the early Spring to help them do the work!


For EVERYONE: an iPad. I wrote an entire post on how green the iPad is and I stand by it. Oprah just gave them to everyone too. I have used signficantly less paper by canceling my newspaper subscription, renewing my magazine subscriptions as digital subscriptions, and purchasing my books through the countless e-reader apps you can download including Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Apple’s iBook (still not sure which one I like the best).
Complementary gifts: an iTunes gift card for apps, a cover (everyone makes them you can find them anywhere but I prefer the Apple cover for mine)

And for my final WISH LIST item… the Chevy Volt!

Really I mean what want to be environmentalist would not want this car. It is cooler looking than the Prius for one and it is the Motor Trend Car of the year (ok, that is not really a reason for me but….) and it completely electric. To be honest I have no idea how I would plug it in, my 120 plus year old house hardly has enough plugs for my computer, blackberry and iPad forget about a CAR but I want one… I really do. They start at $41,000 so I think I will have to be a really good girl for Santa, my husband and everyone I ever met for them to chip in to buy this for me. I wish I had a million readers and Chevy gave me one to drive and blog about my experince. Anyone out there at Chevy reading this contact me.  Complimentary gifts: extension cord and cool bumper stickers.

Bonus: I also created a whole list of awesome Chronicle Book, check out the list and leave a comment for a chance to win every book on the list as part of the Happy Haulidays giveaway.

Hope everyone has a great holiday and that shopping for your gifts are fun… try not to wrap your gifts, put your gifts in a canvas bag your family and friends can re-use… The Volt won’t fit in a bag though?! Hmmm?

Want to follow some cool people on Twitter and Facebook… here are the details on my fellow bloggers:

Cupcakes and Cutlery: @cupcakescutlery and facebook like Cupcakes and Cutlery

Hank and Hunt: @hankandhunt

Green4u: @greenforu and Facebook like me Green4u

Photo credits: Town House from Brinca Dada, Energy Wise Landscaping from Sue Reed, iPad from Apple, Chevy Volt from keesta.com and Chevy

Recommendation: iPad Apps that are Green


If you do not have an ipad get one, it is one of the best investments you can make to save the planet. I really mean it. I have used so little paper since I purchased mine.

Zinio- This app lets you digitally subscribe to magazines. Their list of magazines continues to grow but as of right now they have the most comprehensive list of magazines I have seen in one app. You can get fun stuff like US, serious stuff like The Economist, and green stuff like my favorite magazines Kiwi, Whole Living, Natural Home and Earth Island Journal. You can purchase one issue or subscribe like you would through the mail. Often the subscription is equal or cheaper than a traditional paper subscription. The app alerts you when a new issue is ready for download. This is also an app that once the content is downloaded you can read it when you do not have a connection.

NY Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal- no more newspaper deliveries!! These apps are free but the content may or may not be free. Right now the NY Times has a free app with free content but it is just editors choice information. The Wall Street Journal you need to pay for a subscription to in order to receive content. Whatever your favorite paper is I am sure you can find something you like through the news app section of the app store.

Amazon and iBook- I love books and I love to read but I simply hate carrying them around on the train with me. Now that I can download them I can have them with me at all times. I am also a person who can read more than one book at a time so this is perfect for me, I do not have to decide what I am in the mood for when I leave for work in the morning. You can also make notes and highlight in the iBook version of a book. It is important to note that there is not as big a selection in iBook right now. If you have a Kindle you can access your books on your iPad (or iPhone).

Epicurious- We all know that we should eat foods that are in season and local. This app allows you to search recipes by ingredient. It also lets you pick recipes and makes a shopping list for you so all you have to do is take your ipad to the grocery store with you and you have all the info you need to make a delicious green dinner. Do not forget all the meatless options you can find here too… meatless Monday anyone?

Netflix- Watch your movies in your queue directly on your iPad. No dvd’s mailed to you and delivered by fossil fuel burning vehicles. If you have a Wii get the disc so you can watch your Netflix queue movies on your tv streamed from your Wii. The coolest thing, if you start watching a movie on your Wii and then you want to finish on your iPad it knows where you were and starts where you left off.

GoodReader- this app recognizes the many formats of attachments you may get and opens them for you and makes it easy to read. I have chosen not to print some items that I might have needed to print to review because of this app. It makes it so easy and neat to see and review documents.

HopStop- If you use public transportation in a big city you need this app. This is the mapquest of public transportation. It tells you everything you need to know including how long it will take you to walk from the subway stop you get off at to reach your destination. I know that it is available for many large US cities including New York City.

Notes- this is preloaded but totally worth it. I have used it a lot. Remember when you would write yourself a to do list or a holiday gift list or something like that…. just type it into you notepad and you can add to it, change it and email it to someone!! It is easy on the eyes too which makes it nicer than just sending yourself an email.

Bonus App:
Blogshelf- This app is awesome, it is basically the kindle/ibook/bookshelf of blogs. You find the blogs that you like to read and they are all on your bookshelf. They automatically load when you open the app and are available to read even when you are not in wi-fi or network coverage area. Ideal for an avid blog reader who travels.

Do you have any app recommendations?? Post them below.