With everyone glued to their phones these days, it was only a matter of time before the zero waste movement caught up and created an app. Inge Echterhölter, the woman behind the Zero Waste Bloggers Network as well as her own blog GRüNISH, took it upon herself to create an app designed to help locals and tourists from around the world locate zero waste friendly businesses. With 15 cities currently included, this app has a ways to go before it's applicable to every vacationer, but Inge assures that more cities are being added weekly!
How it Works
On the app, you get information on bulk locations, second hand shops, and restaurants that support bringing your own containers! You can also locate farmers' markets and zero waste activities. Each city will look a little different depending on what's available and how extensively the options have been researched. Here is an example of what Paris looks like once the city is unlocked.
Each item on the map can be clicked on to see specifics such as the name, address, and a brief description of what makes it a "zero waste" friendly place.
Currently the cities are focused on Europe with a few in Guatemala and the U.S.
Current cities include:
All of this couldn't have been done just by Inge though, so a shout-out to her partners from these cities is well deserved! Although Inge may be the one behind the production, people from around the world are feeding her this information from their local towns for her to input. Additionally, the app's information is currently in German and English. Hopefully those languages will expand to accommodate more tourists over time.
Get the App
The app is only available for iPhones at this point (not on Androids like mine to my disappointment!). The app itself is free but you need to unlock each city in order to see it's details. Inge has been offering some free city down loads on their Facebook page Zero Waste App so make sure to check that out! You can download the app on the app store by following this link - Zero Waste App.