We could all be a little more sustainable, right? From recycling more to shopping at local markets, there are plenty of ways to show love for Mother Earth. Sure, it may seem easy to sort your metals, glass and plastics at home , and then take them across town to the local recycling center. Or you might even have big dreams of making your very own backyard compost. But, the reality is, going green can be a lot harder than it sounds. However, if you’re wearing an Apple Watch, you might just be more sustainable than you thought.
1. The Health App Inspires Walking and Cycling
When was the last time you drove your car? If you regularly opt for two wheels instead of four, you may find that the Health App on your Apple Watch inspires you to be more fit and active.
- By encouraging walking and cycling, data tracking apps with social communities are changing the way we move throughout our cities. And it’s also benefiting the environment. The transportation sector accounts for 31 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Driving less can certainly help to cut down this percentage.
- In addition to fitness apps, apps like CityMapper help you find the quickest way to your desired route via public transportation. Whether you walk to work each day or enjoy a leisurely bike ride through your neighborhood, or if you take the bus now and then, the time spent outside of your car benefits your health and the environment, too.
2. You’re Using Less Paper Material
If you ever use Passbook on your Apple devices, you’re saving trees that helps saves the future of our environment:
- Passbook stores boarding passes for your flights, coupons for your favorite stores, movie tickets and even your loyalty cards for stores like Walgreens and Starbucks right on your device. Let’s be honest, how many times have you signed up multiple times for a service just because you lost your original loyalty card? Now, you don’t have to worry about wasting your time or the paper to keep signing up for the same services.
- And with Apple Pay, there’s no more writing checks or fumbling with your credit card. All of your bank information can be stored right on your watch. Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, writing for the Dig, says that as time passes, the Apple Watch will become more sophisticated and its functionality will expand.
The possibilities are endless, which leaves us wondering what the next new eco-conscious feature might be.
3. Cooking Organically Is Easy and Green
Forget cookbooks and the days of thumbing through a big pile of recipes.
Use the Apple Watch for healthier eating and living:
- Apps like Green Kitchen, you can quickly and easily whip up an organic meal. The app features dozens of healthy recipes that call for fresh ingredients
- This gives you a reason to support local growers at your city’s farmers market — a sustainable alternative to buying frozen meals or processed foods from a big box grocery store. Simply follow along with the recipe on your wrist, and ta-dah, you’ve got a gourmet dish made with fresh local ingredients.
- The app even alerts you when your dish is done cooking. This means you’ll never burn a dinner again.