Caring for and protecting the environment has become a pending issue for the human being. We have been projecting on the planet the consequences (good and bad) of our development, and part of that development is reflected in the new technologies, among which is the mobile phone.

In 10 years we have produced 7.1 billion mobile phones, a production that has logically had a great ecological impact due to the low percentage of electronic waste that is recycled. But the mobile phone can also be a tool that helps us care for the planet and become aware of what we are doing, so we will see different applications created for those who want to contribute their bit and contribute to the Earth being a cleaner place.

iRecycle

One of the main ecological problems we currently have in excess waste and to offset its growth, we have to recycle. But sometimes doubts arise about which elements can be recycled or not, something we can know with a single click thanks to iRecycle, an app that has a catalog of up to 300 types of materials and confirms us whether or not they are recyclable.

GoGreen: Carbon Tracker

The CO2 footprint is the measure with which we can calculate the impact of our daily activities on the environment. This application monitors our daily activity to know if we can improve our habits of energy consumption, and thus be more respectful with the environment.

GoodGuide

Continuing with the consumption habits, we now go to shopping. GoodGuide is an application that includes a database with more than 210,000 products (clothing, cosmetics, children’s products) and that just by scanning a product with the camera of the mobile, it offers us information about the environmental damage that its manufacture on a scale from 0 to 10.

CleanSpace

This application gives us continuous reports of the air situation around us. Thanks to this, we can become aware of the exposure to pollutants we face and make decisions accordingly, such as leaving the car parked to not contribute more to air pollution.

Loss of the night

Light pollution is to blame for the fact that we have completely forgotten what stars look like in the night sky. Loss of the Night is an application that thanks to the contribution of its users, indicates the visibility of the stars at each point in order to raise awareness of this terrible phenomenon.

Noise Pollution Monitor

We have seen that light pollution is a problem in large cities and so is noise pollution. With this application we can know the level of contamination of this type in the area where we are, and as we saw in other cases, to be able to decide whether or not to continue to contribute to it.

Light

The latest application that we want to present is created by a team of Spanish university students and encourages the acquisition of sustainable habits such as recycling or using the bike through the incentive. This incentive is Lights, a virtual currency that is acquired each time we perform one of these actions (or share them in social networks) and that can be exchanged for different products and services. Light is still in the testing phase, but they are about to launch the first beta and we can sign up to test it.