Did you know approximately 773.8 million iPhones have been sold around the world to date?
Now, can you imagine the number of App Store downloads?
We all have our stellar must-have ride or dies on the front screen, those we just can’t bare to part with (though never use), and those absolute duds you instantly delete.
I’ll admit it, I am a massive App junkie. Be it the latest fancy photo editing fizzbit, to the snappiest new productivity-boosting, time-saving hero, I can’t help but catch ’em all!
Today’s post is all about some of my currently most-used – I’m bringing you 8 better iPhone apps, that either make you feel great, do good or make kinder consumer decisions.
Shop Ethical! – $5.99
If you are an Aussie, and want to start avoiding companies with a negative track record and support those making a positive impact, this first one is a must-have.
The Ethical Consumer Group who are the creators of the Shop Ethical! Guide and App, are an Australian not-for-profit organisation. Their goal is to educate and empower people to make shopping choices that better reflect their values and to use their consumer power to create a better world.
Could they be more fitting for ABK? We are all ABOUT that life.
I LOVE this app and very regularly check it to view ratings and the environmental/social record of companies behind the brand names of common products available here in Australia. The info within was compiled and gathered from over 50 key sources including the work of organisations such as Greenpeace, Choose Cruelty Free, Free2Work and Friends of the Earth.
Check out their shopping guide online, their very popular pocket guide or buy this ultra handy app to have it on hand at all times – the app even features a handy barcode scanner to make choosing better options even faster and simpler.
Vegaholic – $2.99
Did you know that your fave tipple could contain or have been processed with animal product/bi-product? It is pretty surprising, a bit sickly…and pretty unnecessary.
When making the product, dairy, honey, and other things can be used. But also during the filtering process prior to bottling, companies can use things like isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatin, egg whites, and sea shells, among other things. These products grab onto the impurities and make it easier to catch them in the filters, though there are many other kinder, animal-free alternatives in use.
Again, your wallet speaks volumes and you can choose to support the unethicals, or start championing for the kinder legends.
Powered with data from the Barnivore website, you can search through over 11779 beers, 8836 wines and 1354 spirits!
This also works offline, so never fear if you are out and about – you can still pop up this amazing vegan alcohol guide and check if your happy juice is a compassionate kind.
Stop, Breathe and Think App – Free
With this app, you can practice Mindfulness and Meditation through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK:
STOP: what you are doing. Check in with what you are thinking, and how you are feeling.
BREATHE: practice mindful breathing to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions.
THINK: learn to settle down and strengthen your force field of peace and calm by practicing one of the meditations.
I have been using this one a few months now and it is my little saviour.
It melts all of my stress and worries away, is so easy to use and I love being able to pick a quick meditation based on topic (Joy, Compassion, Dealing with Anxiety, Kindness, Welcoming the Day and many more).
The Check-In feature is so damn cool, and helps to point you towards the right meditation when you can’t decide or don’t want to think. It asks how you feel mentally and physically, you add in up to 5 emotions you are experiencing from the comprehensive list provided, then churns out a few different options that it thinks will help you in your current state.
So clever and it really can dramatically turn your day around. Find out all about the benefits and features of this awesome app in more detail here!
HappyCow – $5.99
One for the vegan/vegos and those keen to try out this kinder lifestyle, HappyCow helps you discover restaurants, cafes and stores that serve friendly options.
You can select to view solely vegan or vegetarian places, or those that also have veg-options – even add your local to the HappyCow directory so others can go sample their rad dishes also!
Add your own review with photos, save your favourites, even plan ahead with their handy Trip feature – and never be stuck hangry again.
The UrbanSpoon for vegans and vegetarians!
Choose Cruelty-Free/CCF – Free
Choose Cruelty Free are an independant Australian non-profit organisation that produces the CCF list, actively campaigns for a ban on animal-tested cosmetics, and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. These guys and the Ethical Consumer Group are just the bees knees!
Aussie consumers can very easily and quickly identify non-tested cosmetic, toiletry and household cleaning products with this app, and they even have a special Vegan only list!
Bunny Free – Free
For Aussies and non-Aussies alike, Bunny Free is powered by data from the PeTA list of companies who do and do not test on animals.
A simple search and scan app to quick check if your fave cosmetics, household cleaning and personal-care products are cruelty-free.
While based on US data/brands, it still is fairly relevant worldwide and a great alternative to the above CCF app. Good for a freebie!
Sweat with Kayla – Free (in-app subscription charges apply)
Need to get in tip top shape? Hate meal planning and counting cals? Have yourself a spare $19.99 per month?
Then you might want to consider the pocketrocket fitness app, Sweat With Kayla.
Created by the Insta-famous fitness queen Kayla Itsines, this app has it ALL. Your weekly meal plan and grocery lists are sorted, your workouts mapped out for the week, and there is even an education section where you can learn all about food, nutrition, meal tips and exercise.
My fave features? Firstly, the meal plan. The typical diet isn’t the only one covered here (which is sadly all most other fitness programs have to offer). With Kayla, you can also choose to make your meal plan vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, lacto vegetarian or ovo vegetarian! She is too ace.
And my other favourite feature is the workout format – powerful and ultra-effective. Not for the faint-hearted, these are go go go with minimal rest, but that means quicker results! No slacking – gotta work for it.
Barely any equipment is required, as most exercises performed use body weight. There is a nice mix of cardio and weight training with recovery and rest sessions too, so you don’t wear yourself out by the weeks end.
After having this app a while, I am finally now using it properly/not sitting on the couch all night and cannot wait to see the results.
Will have to do a special post on here when I’ve smashed some goals!
Share The Meal – Free (donations can be made in-app)
If you are reading this, it is likely that you are among the lucky and very fortunate humans roaming the planet. You also likely have access to healthy food, clean water and shelter.
You likely too, have the thoughtless luxury of being the owner of a smartphone. Now a not so fun fact: were you aware that smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to 1?
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if all smartphones users could contribute and donate a small sum, that they could, in fact, feed all of these hungry children.
Well, you can. And VERY easily.
With Share The Meal, you can “to share your meal”. Whether you’re having dinner with your friends or lunch on the go, share wherever you are. It costs US $ 0.50 to feed one hungry child for a day, and you can donate this amount or more with a simple, quick tap.
See where your meals are distributed, what your impact is and share with friends on Facebook so they can join in too.
Share The Meal is a non-profit initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and provides food assistance to 80 million people each year. WFP is 100% voluntarily funded, so every donation counts.
Did you already have any of these 8 better iPhone apps? If you have any recommendations, let everyone know in the comments section below!
Finally, as much as these apps are really awesome and chilling out with your iPhone is stacks of fun, I’ll leave you with a friendly reminder.
Download these maybe not in the company of family or friends – they deserve to gaze in your beautiful eyes, not your dry shampooed scalp blue-lit from below.