10 app per uno stile di vita sostenibile e plant-based

With the help of technology, it is becoming easier and easier to maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle and plant-based . Whether you are following a plant-based diet (or trying to do it more often), looking to buy animal-free cosmetic products, or trying to respect the planet by avoiding unnecessary waste of resources, there is an application for to do it. Some of these apps can be used to scan barcodes as you shop to let you know what's and what's not vegan. Others offer lists of companies and brands classified by their impact on people, the planet and animals. Still others are indispensable for traveling, simplifying your life and planning your culinary itineraries.

What apps do I keep on my smartphone?

1. HappyCow

HappyCow is an application that allows you to identify vegetarian and vegan food . The app uses your location to show you nearby bars, restaurants, shops, and street vendors offering vegan and vegetarian cousins. You can also view places that, while not specialized, offer options on their menus. It also signals the presence of vegetarian and vegan food shops.

In Italy it is quite used, especially in large cities. It is ideal for tracking down the perfect clubs even when going abroad. It offers a travel card that allows you to plan where to eat once on holiday in the destination of your choice.

Eating out often is the most useful application for me. It is also available online as a free website.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : € 4.49 for iOS and € 2.99 for Android

  • Tongue: Italian

2. Veganagogue

Veganagogue is an app that allows you to easily communicate your vegan dietary needs around the world. Contains questions and explanations about food plant-based already set up and professionally translated into 50 languages. You just have to choose the language in which to translate the sentence and show the translation. This allows the waiter and the cook to clarify which ingredients you do not eat and how to avoid them.

The application is very useful for when traveling, especially in countries where the English language is not so used.

  • Available for: iOS

  • Cost : € 3.49

  • Tongue: English

3. Veggie Alternatives

Veggie Alternatives is an application that suggests substitutes for different foods of animal origin. Are you making a recipe that your grandmother passed you and you would need an egg? Using this application, you will be able to find substitutes for most of the ingredients of animal origin. More than 300 substitutes are available for over 35 different food products. Unfortunately, the app is not available in Italian.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: English

4. Paprika 3

Paprika 3 is an app that allows you to have a cookbook at your fingertips on all devices. The application organizes your recipes, creates shopping lists, plans meals, allows you to download recipes from sites directly within the application via a browser and perfectly synchronizes all devices.

Following a plant-based diet is much easier and more rewarding when you know different recipes. Before knowing this application, I was marking recipes everywhere. Often, when I went looking for one, I had a hard time finding it. Now I have my always updated recipe book.

The app also has versions for Mac and Windows, allowing users to have access to their recipes even from a computer.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : € 5.49

  • Tongue: Italian

5. Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is an application designed to combat food waste. It allows you to buy a Magic Box with the unsold of the day in various supermarkets, clubs and restaurants.

For example, the food may come from bars that have cooked too many fresh products that cannot be stored or from restaurants that have not sold all the dishes they have prepared. You will know what you have purchased only when you collect your Magic Box. There is also the possibility to report your own food restrictions.

Not many options are also available in Italy, although some supermarkets have joined the cause. When traveling, especially in big capitals, it is an application that works perfectly! Just think of the choice of entirely plant-based restaurants in a city like London or New York: you will be spoiled for choice!

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: Italian

6. Biotiful

Biotiful is an app to check the INCI of products and try to make informed purchasing choices. It is a very useful tool to have access to the evaluations of the ingredients of a product. The app recognizes a product's barcode and highlights the critical aspects of each individual ingredient.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: Italian

7. Biodictionary

Biodictionary is an application that allows you to analyze a specific ingredient. By writing the name of the ingredient in the search bar, you will be able to find out if the ingredient is toxic or not: the judgment is expressed through a "traffic light symbol". A label is also available Vegan which allows you to understand if the ingredient is of animal origin or not.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: Italian

8. Think Dirty

Think Dirty is an app very similar to Biotiful. It's an easy way to learn about potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. This app, like Biotiful, also allows you to scan the product barcode. Think Dirty provides easy-to-understand information on the product in question and tracks toxic ingredients.

As for me, I think it is complementary to Biotiful. International products, especially those that we can find abroad, are often not present on Biotiful. Traveling often, it is essential for me to have the certainty of buying something safe even outside of Italy. The app is only available in English.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: English

9. Refill

Refill is an application that signals the presence of fountains where you can refill the bottle with fresh, safe and zero impact water. Just activate the GPS to geolocalize and the app highlights all the maps on the map water stations where you can refuel.

It is very useful in everyday life, especially in the big cities of Italy but it gives its best on the road when you are looking for fresh water to fill your bottle.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: English

10. Good On You

Good On You is an app that allows you to evaluate a fashion brand on the basis of its respect for the environment, people and animals. Their database contains more than 2,000 fashion brands rated against a robust ranking system for their impact on people, the planet and animals. They give a score out of five for each category and an overall score.

  • Available for: iOS and Android

  • Cost : Free

  • Tongue: English

Vittoria Tomassini