Wondering where to fill up your water bottle on the go, which ingredients in food products are genetically modified or carcinogens, where you can go right now to see a certain bird, or which fruits and veggies you should always buy organic? There’s an app for each of those situations, and more. Here are six apps (and links to much of the info for those without the latest gadgets):
Don’t Eat That: A Guide to Ingredients
This app aims to inform consumers about the ingredients in their food, and potential risks. Users can search an alphabetized list of food additives and ingredients, or search by category, including “Allergies,” “Carcinogens,” and “Genetically Modified.” Also, check out the group's online resource for finding fresh, local food that's in season where you live.
GoodGuide: Products Good for the Human and Environmental Health
GoodGuide users can find information and ratings on tens of thousands of products, from shampoo to yogurt. Check a product by searching the name or scanning the barcode. Anyone can get product ratings sent to their phone via text message.
Tap It: Where to Refill Your Water Bottle on the Go
So you want to do your part to cut down on disposable water bottles and bring your Nalgene or Sigg out with you for the day. But what do you do when you need a refill? This app tells you where you can go to replenish your water bottle in twelve states and D.C. For those without iPhones, Tap It has a user-friendly online tool to find a tap.
Food and Drug Administration: Product Recalls and More
Get easy access to the latest news from the US Food and Drug Administration, including recalls, market withdrawls, safety updates, consumer health information, and swine flu reports.
BirdsEye: See More Birds
BirdsEye is not another field guide. Rather, it’s the world’s only mobile application that guides you to the birds. The incorporates current observations by thousands of 'citizen scientists' in the United States and Canada to show you what birds are nearby, lead you to great places to see birds, and help you grow your birding life list with species you’ve never seen.
Shoppers Guide to Pesticides
Get the Environmental Working Group’s guide so when you're shopping you'll know which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay if organic isn't available. Don’t have an iPhone? Download a pdf of the guide here.