With an app for just about everything short of the kitchen sink, it only seems fair that natural parenting apps get some time in the spotlight. We picked a few of our current favorites, some fun and useful apps for parents, babies, and high-tech citizens of the virtual world.
Considered by many to be the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream, TreeHugger.com has an iPhone app. From the latest stories Mother Nature would Digg, to equally earthy podcasts (stream these on your bike ride to work), TreeHugger partnered with the folks at 1800Recycling.com to incorporate both apps into one (see the individual review of the 1800Recycling app below). Also available on this free app is a stream of the latest “green” tweets enhanced with a sizable collection of contributed posts from industry writers.
A free app from the creators of 1800Recycling.com, My Recycle List allows you to be “green on the go.” Say you want to recycle used children’s toys; the app sorts through a database of over 120,000 recycling locations in the US and Canada and suggests the nearest household donation center to you. Using a combination of GPS technology and Google Maps, the app even gives you directions to the store. The nine main app categories include: plastic, electronics, paper, glass, metal, households, automotive, yard, and hazardous. Favorite locations, categories, and even your own personal “My Recycle List” can be marked within the app. Recycling is now officially cool, convenient, and high-tech.
A portable, personal shopper with a conscience, the Good Guide app rates over 60,000 food, personal care, household cleaners, and toys on a scale of 1 to 10 according to the following criteria: overall, health, environment, and society. 1 is bad, 10 is good. Take Good Guide with you on your next trip to the store and you can comparison shop at the scan of a barcode. A quick trip to our bathroom revealed that my brand of deodorant is slightly better than my husbands’, but we both could stand an upgrade in the personal health department. Personal care for babies includes lotion, shampoo, soap, bath, sunscreen, wipes, and diaper cream. If the product isn’t in the existing database, Good Guide searches for it online. Create favorites and lists of your favorite products. Oh, and it’s free!
“NutriSleuth is an iPhone app that “translates” everyday foods that you buy in the grocery store into ‘allowed or not allowed’ based on an individual’s medical, allergy and lifestyle needs. The app allows a user, i.e. a parent, to create individual profiles for each member of the family and indicate each person’s specific dietary needs.” In our family we have a severe almond allergy and sensitivity to MSG. We also avoid high fructose corn syrup as much as possible. Similar to Good Guide, NeutriSleuth scans product barcodes and returns information on ingredients and nutritional information. Individual profiles can be configured on the app based on medical condition, allergy, and lifestyle; flagging warning messages when contraindicated items are scanned. A $4.99 investment, I would gladly re-use this app than our EpiPen.
Food allergies shouldn’t control your life. Thanks to the Cook IT Allergy Free iPhone and iPad app from the allergy experts at www.cookitallergyfree.com, you’ll find a library of recipes for those of us sensitive to gluten, dairy, eggs, and nuts. Offering substitution suggestions (without compromising taste), the app lest you add to your own virtual recipe box where you can save your favorite recipes (modified or not). My favorite parts—the one-click “generate grocery list” button and the ability to share culinary success with your friends using email, Facebook, and Twitter. Less expensive (and bulky) than a traditional book, the app is available on iTunes for $4.99 (iPhone) or $8.99 (iPad).