The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Ethical Barcode App Uses 20 Nonprofits to Ensure Sustainable Grocery Shopping
Groups like the CSRHub, Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Free2Work provide immeasurable information about the products we purchase every day and what our purchases actually support, but how much of that information do you honestly retain in store aisles?
It's not always easy to remember which companies test on animals, use harmful chemicals or make genetically modified products. That's why an app developer has taken to smartphones to help us keep it all together before potentially spending hard-earned money on products that support causes that don't consider the planet or people.
Ethical Barcode harnesses information from about 20 nonprofits to help shoppers make environmentally friendly decisions. A quick scan of a product provides a snapshot of the manufacturer, its owner, an overall grade on those companies' ethics and the factors that comprise that grade. The percentage-based score also factors in certifications and recent news about particular companies.
Here are some examples of Ethical Barcode grades:
"[Ethical Barcode] was built to enlighten customers about the brands they buy and the practices they are supporting as a result," according to the app's website. "By making informed purchases we all have a chance to inspire companies to share our values and passions."
Developer David Hamp-Gonsalves says any money generated from the free the app goes back into it to keep it alive. In the future, he hopes self-sustainability will make way for charitable contributions.
Available on Apple's App Store and Google Play, the app culls information from:
- Oxfam International
- Quality Assurance International
- Rainforest Alliance
- Conservation International
- Corporate Knights
- Sustainable Packaging Coalition
- Leaping Bunny
- Human Rights Campaign
- Non GMO Project
- Fair Trade International
- Vegan Action
- World Wildlife Fund
- Rank a Brand
YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
The Centers for Disease Control has emphasized that washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective measures we can take in preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, millions of Americans in some of the most vulnerable communities face the prospect of having their water shut off during the lockdowns, according to The Guardian.
Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state's record-breaking five-year drought that ended in 2016. The 100 million dead trees were one of the most visible examples of the ecological toll the drought had wrought.
Now, a few years later, we're starting to learn about how smaller, less noticeable species were affected.
Natthawat / Moment / Getty Images
Disinfectants and cleaners claiming to sanitize against the novel coronavirus have started to flood the market, raising concerns for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which threatened legal recourse against retailers selling unregistered products, according to The New York Times.
The global coronavirus pandemic has thrown our daily routine into disarray. Billions are housebound, social contact is off-limits and an invisible virus makes up look at the outside world with suspicion. No surprise, then, that sustainability and the climate movement aren't exactly a priority for many these days.
By Molly Matthews Multedo
Livestock farming contributes to global warming, so eating less meat can be better for the climate.