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The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2018

The Best Ethical Shopping Apps 2018

by blueokra, October 29, 2017

Being an ethically-minded consumer can involve many concerns. We’ve rounded up the best iPhone and Android apps to help you shop smarter, whether you’re looking for cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, socially just, or vegan and vegetarian products. Our Blue Okra trophy adorns our choice of a few of our favorites.

To quote Kermit, it’s not easy being green. But we are making progress. Blockchain is an emerging technology that will allow greater transparency throughout the supply chain of manufacturers to help consumers easily distinguish truly green brands from greenwash marketed companies in the future.

New companies like Provenance.org (“Every product has a story”) are making it their business to help us be smarter about how we spend our money. For now, we encourage you to try a few of these apps on your next shopping expedition, because every act of caring for each other and for our planet makes a difference.

If there are any other ethical shopping apps you like, please share your knowledge by commenting on this post. Together we can.

Name Website iPhone Android Description
Animal Protection
Better World Shopper (iPhone) $1.99 “Better World Shopper provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, account of the social and environmental responsibility of companies in 5 key areas: human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice.”
Buycott (iPhone) buycott.com Free “Buycott is a Barcode and QR Bar Code Scanner that is the easy, empowering way to vote with your wallet. Join campaigns to support causes that you care about, then use Buycott when you shop to discover how a manufacturer matches up against your principles.”
Chocolate List (iPhone, Android) foodispower.org/chocolate-list Free Free “By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. We also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”
Cruelty-Free (iPhone, Android) leapingbunny.org Free Free “Learn which companies are cruelty-free! Look up over 200 cosmetic, personal care, and household product companies that do not test ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals.“
DoneGood (iPhone) donegood.co Free “Shop online and if there’s an ethical, sustainable company that has what you’re looking for, you’ll see an alert in the corner of your screen. The extension shows you better, more unique stuff you can feel good about.”
--BEST--Ethical Barcode (iPhone, Android) ethicalbarcode.com

 

Free Free Our favorite animal protection app: “Uncover what you’re truly supporting when you spend at the grocery store. Ethical Barcode is a non-profit project that educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them.”
Happy Cow Vegan Finder (iPhone, Android) happycow.net $3.99 $3.99 “Our purpose is to make healthy food easy to find and more accessible. We are passionate about the vegan lifestyle as a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable way of living.”
Shoulder Angel (iPhone, Android) Free Free “Shoulder Angel allows users to pick sets of beliefs that are important to them. It then provides a shopping interface where users are warned before buying goods or services from people and companies that are actively working against those beliefs.”
Environment
Better World Shopper (iPhone) $1.99 “Better World Shopper provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, account of the social and environmental responsibility of companies in 5 key areas: human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice.”
Buycott (iPhone) buycott.com Free “Buycott is a Barcode and QR Bar Code Scanner that is the easy, empowering way to vote with your wallet. Join campaigns to support causes that you care about, then use Buycott when you shop to discover how a manufacturer matches up against your principles.”
Chocolate List foodispower.org/chocolate-list Free Free “By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. We also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”
DoneGood (iPhone) donegood.co Free “Shop online and if there’s an ethical, sustainable company that has what you’re looking for, you’ll see an alert in the corner of your screen. The extension shows you better, more unique stuff you can feel good about.”
Ethical Barcode (iPhone, Android) ethicalbarcode.com Free Free “Uncover what you’re truly supporting when you spend at the grocery store. Ethical Barcode is a non-profit project that educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them.”
Farmline (iPhone, Android) farms.com Free Free “FarmLine is your guide to Farmers’ Markets, Farmstands, and Community Supported Agriculture in the USA. Crowdsourced! Share what’s available at your market with everyone”
Farmstand (iPhone) farmstandapp.com Free “Looking for fresh food in your area? Find a market wherever you are.”
Farmstand Finder (iPhone) Free $0.99 “Farmstand Finder is the best way to connect with your local farms to get fresh, organic produce. Discover, share, and keep the community up to date with roadside farm stands as you assist the hard working farmers of America.”
Good Guide (iPhone, Android) goodguide.com Free Free “For over 10 years, we have guided millions of people to healthier choices. Our scientists analyze cleaning, personal care, food and beverage products. You can even ask us to review your favorite products.”
Good On You (iPhone, Android) goodonyou.eco Free Free “Find out how your favorite clothing brands rate. Discover new ethical brands that do better. Find deals on the best rated brands. Make a difference when you shop.”
--BEST--Happy Cow Vegan Finder (iPhone, Android) happycow.net $3.99 $3.99 Our favorite environmental issues app: “Our purpose is to make healthy food easy to find and more accessible. We are passionate about the vegan lifestyle as a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable way of living.”
Healthy Living (iPhone, Android) ewg.org Free Free “Scan a product, review the ratings, pick a better choice. Healthy living just got that easy! Ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products.”
Olio (iPhone, Android) olioex.com Free Free “OLIO, the food sharing revolution, connects people with their neighbours and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away.”
Shoulder Angel (iPhone, Android) Free Free “Shoulder Angel allows users to pick sets of beliefs that are important to them. It then provides a shopping interface where users are warned before buying goods or services from people and companies that are actively working against those beliefs.”
Thrifty Pickers (iPhone) thriftypickers.com Free “Make thrift shopping more fun and social. Locate thrift stores and view tons of info to help you find hidden gems in your area. Write notes while you shop. View photos of items that other users have found at thrift stores near you.”
Social Justice
Better World Shopper (iPhone) $1.99 “Better World Shopper provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, account of the social and environmental responsibility of companies in 5 key areas: human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice.”
Buy Up Index (iPhone) buyupindex.com Free “The Buy Up Index allows you to make purchasing decisions based on a company’s demonstrated commitment to gender equality. We rate everyday brands and products and the companies behind them. Using our ratings is an easy way to help make the world a more equal place.”
--BEST--Buycott (iPhone) buycott.com Free Our favorite social justice app: “Buycott is a Barcode and QR Bar Code Scanner that is the easy, empowering way to vote with your wallet. Join campaigns to support causes that you care about, then use Buycott when you shop to discover how a manufacturer matches up against your principles.”
Chocolate List (iPhone, Android) foodispower.org/chocolate-list Free Free “By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. We also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”
DoneGood (iPhone) donegood.co Free “Shop online and if there’s an ethical, sustainable company that has what you’re looking for, you’ll see an alert in the corner of your screen. The extension shows you better, more unique stuff you can feel good about.”
Ethical Barcode (iPhone, Android) ethicalbarcode.com Free Free “Uncover what you’re truly supporting when you spend at the grocery store. Ethical Barcode is a non-profit project that educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them.”
Good On You (iPhone, Android) goodonyou.eco Free Free “Find out how your favorite clothing brands rate. Discover new ethical brands that do better. Find deals on the best rated brands. Make a difference when you shop.”
Olio (iPhone, Android) olioex.com Free Free “OLIO, the food sharing revolution, connects people with their neighbours and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away.”
Shoulder Angel (iPhone, Android) Free Free “Shoulder Angel allows users to pick sets of beliefs that are important to them. It then provides a shopping interface where users are warned before buying goods or services from people and companies that are actively working against those beliefs.”
Vegan/Vegetarian
Air Vegan (iPhone, Android) $1.99 $0.99 “AirVegan lets you know which terminals in the airport have plant based options. Each airport has a color rating to let you know how veggie friendly it is.”
Chocolate List (iPhone, Android) foodispower.org/chocolate-list Free Free “By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. We also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”
DoneGood (iPhone) donegood.co Free “Shop online and if there’s an ethical, sustainable company that has what you’re looking for, you’ll see an alert in the corner of your screen. The extension shows you better, more unique stuff you can feel good about.”
Ethical Barcode (iPhone, Android) ethicalbarcode.com Free Free “Uncover what you’re truly supporting when you spend at the grocery store. Ethical Barcode is a non-profit project that educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them.”
Farmline (iPhone, Android) farms.com Free Free “FarmLine is your guide to Farmers’ Markets, Farmstands, and Community Supported Agriculture in the USA. Crowdsourced! Share what’s available at your market with everyone”
Farmstand (iPhone) farmstandapp.com Free “Looking for fresh food in your area? Find a market wherever you are.”
--BEST--Farmstand Finder (iPhone) Free $0.99 Our favorite vegan/vegetarian app: “Farmstand Finder is the best way to connect with your local farms to get fresh, organic produce. Discover, share, and keep the community up to date with roadside farm stands as you assist the hard working farmers of America.”
Happy Cow Vegan Finder (iPhone, Android) happycow.net $3.99 $3.99 “Our purpose is to make healthy food easy to find and more accessible. We are passionate about the vegan lifestyle as a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable way of living.”
Is It Vegan (iPhone, Android) isitvegan.net $4.99 $4.99 “Is It Vegan is for anyone interested in eliminating animal products from their diet. Point your smartphone camera at a UPC code on a product package. You get a quick answer to the question ““Is It Vegan?”” along with an analysis of the ingredients list.”
Shoulder Angel (iPhone, Android) Free Free “Shoulder Angel allows users to pick sets of beliefs that are important to them. It then provides a shopping interface where users are warned before buying goods or services from people and companies that are actively working against those beliefs.”
VeganXpress (iPhone) veganxpress.com $1.99 “VeganXpress is a guide to what’s vegan at popular chain restaurants and fast food places.”

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    • November 25, 2017

    Farmstand Finder for iPhone is now $0.99. Updated 11/25/17

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