Want to go green? There's an iPhone app for that.(Read article summary)
Some iPhone apps make it easier to save the environment and live a green lifestyle.
Along with all the other interesting things that an iPhone can do – allow you to read free books, listen to Elvis radio, and never be out of tweeting range, for instance – a few of its more than 50,000 apps can make an environmental impact on your life.
Which ones will be most useful depends on your interests. Do you really need to clutter up your iPhone's screen with the free Greenpeace Tissue Guide? Or is learning about the most environmentally responsible tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins a topic better researched on the computer?
Similarly, the idea of iRecycle is appealing. It helps you find nearby places to recycle almost anything – from motor oil to an old cellphone – and gives additional information about recycle center, such as their hours, website URL, and a map with directions to get you there.
But it seems most useful when you've just moved to a new locality. Still, it might be a handy, much-used app for some. It's also free.
Yes, you could print it and take it with you when you eat out. But the fact is, often the list is home and you're in a restaurant trying to recall if flounder from the East Coast is OK and the West Coast is to be avoided – or if it's the opposite.
Green Card, which lets you share your virtual business card with anyone in your contacts list, could be useful for those who have a thick address book. If you change your address, phone number, etc., after you've sent your card to someone, it will automatically update the people who received the original card.