5 Apps That Are Helping Make The World A Better Place

There is so much negativity surrounding technology, with the advancements in phones and social media we’ve all become so switched on all the time.

Whilst being glued to our phones is not the best thing – I’m happy to see there are a number of organisations putting this technology to very good use.

 

At Saja Soul we’re super passionate about making this planet that we call home a better place; we aim to do that through being conscious of our daily actions that help support the community and the well being of the earth itself.

Over the years we‘ve discovered a number of apps that help us with this mission.

 

Here‘s 5 apps we think everyone should know about:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be My Eyes

 

“Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.”

 

Just imagine for a moment that you lost your sight…think about all the things you could no longer do…

 

  • Check the best before date on foods
  • Know which medication you’d pulled out of a box filled with tablets
  • Going for a job interview and not being sure if you were wearing a navy blue suit or a fluorescent pink one that you normally only wear for special occasions
  • Having an error on your computer and not being able to navigate to the correct menu

 

Hell I struggle with the last one and I am lucky enough to be able to see my computer!

The above are all things I’ve been asked to help with during the calls I’ve received via the app, and these are just a few of the many things that users may ask for help with.

 

“It’s my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world.”

  Hans Jørgen Wiberg

– Founder of Be My Eyes

 

If you haven’t heard of this app before please check it out today and get yourself signed up, I promise you won’t regret it.

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refill

 

This cool app shows you the closest place where you can get access to free water refills and more!

I first learnt about Refill whilst living in Singapore where, thanks to the humidity, we drank way more than the standard 2 litres of water a day.

As a family of 4 going out for the day, having to buy bottled water from stores was both costly and something I hated to do due to the associated waste. I mean who really want‘s to be responsible for yet another plastic bottle?

So thanks to this app we were always able to take our favourite Kleen Kanteen bottles with us and fill them up on the go.

On Refill‘s website they say:

“LIFE WITH LESS PLASTIC, MADE EASY. 

Refill connects you to places to eat, drink and shop with less waste.“

The Refill app now also shows you locations where you can buy a coffee using your own cup, lunch places where you can take your own containers and shops that offer plastic free shopping.

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missing Maps

 

Missing Maps organisation advise us that “each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from open and accessible maps and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts”

As a result of this huge issue the aim of Missing Maps is:

 

“Putting the World’s Vulnerable Communities on the Map”

 

They make this happen by using a 3 step approach to the problem:

  1. Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into OpenStreetMap
  2. Community volunteers add local detail such as neighborhoods, street names, and evacuation centres
  3. Humanitarian organizations use mapped information to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities that save lives

 

Check them out today to see how you can support their mission.

 

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HappyCow

 

HappyCow‘s purpose is….

 

“To make healthy food easy to find and more accessible.”

 

HappyCow was founded in 1999 as a service to help travelers and people everywhere find plant-based options and healthy food on the go. The app now also includes shops that support an environmentally sustainable way of living.

 

Let’s be clear, I’m not saying everyone needs to go plant based (although a girl can dream!) 

It’s not a choice for everyone and I get that.

But in this modern world there is so much data supporting the negative effects to the environment of a heavily animal based diet that if everyone just committed to a day or two a week where they ate only plant-based it could make a huge impact.

 

If you have no clue what I’m talking about you may wish to check out these resources for further info:

Cowspiracy

Seaspiracy

Environmental Impact of Food Production

Why Meat Is Bad For the Environment 

Meatless Monday‘s

 

And if you happen to already be plant based this app is a life saver, whenever I’m in a town I don’t know or on holiday in another country it makes it so much easier to find places to eat.

Here’s some real gems across the globe that I‘ve found thanks to this app:

 

Kunstküche – Krefeld, Germany

POP vegan – Hong Kong

Nook – Bali, Indonesia

T’s Tantan – Tokyo JR Station, Japan

Drunken Vegan – Seoul, Korea

Kind Kones – Singapore

Found – Brighton, UK

The Gardener’s Arms – Alderton, UK 

The Real Greek – Windsor, UK

 

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruelty Cutter

 

This one kind of ties in to the above, whilst we may be able to justify to ourselves the need to test on animals when it comes to life savings drugs. I’m sure none of us really believes the same when it comes to buying a lipstick or shampoo?

 

“Cruelty-Cutter is cruelty-free shopping made simple! Cast away any doubts when purchasing items by using Cruelty-Cutter to scan an item and have an immediate response about its animal testing status.”

 

I love this app because it’s so easy to use, you just scan the barcode of an item and it gives you a report on whether the item is cruelty free or not. It also stores any searches you’ve done in case you forget the next time you go shopping or order online.

 

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 


 

Bonus for our UK readers:

On Hand: this is a UK based app that helps match volunteers with others who need help with errands.

They state: “We aim to make volunteering simple. On your terms and to fit your schedule. Our app based matching service is a little like Tinder but way better, (we promise we’ll never ghost you!).” 

Take me to the app: Apple / Android

 

If there are any other community boosting or earth friendly apps you know and use we would love to hear from you, please share them with us in the comments below.

 

Rebecca xx

 

 

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Rebecca Flecken

Mother of 2, Wife of 1 - the Founder and Owner of Saja Soul. Self confessed book worm and tea lover!