Expand Earth Hour With These 5 Eco-Friendly Apps

If you're anything like me, you typically forget all about Earth Hour until you notice half your Twitter friends suddenly yakking about how they're about to "go dark" and you're like, wait, are we talking chocolate here, or ...?

Here's a quick reminder for both of us so we don't feel like Earth-kicking doofuses tomorrow: Earth Hour is Saturday, March 26, 2011. People in thousands of cities worldwide will shut off their lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. local time, in a united effort to raise awareness for the need to take action against climate change. Organized by the WWF, this is the fifth year people will recognize Earth Hour.

Aiming to think beyond those 60 minutes of lights-out? There is, of course, an app for that. Here's a quick list of some eco-friendly tech tools to help you make the most of Earth Hour:


WWF's 60+. This is the official World Wildlife Fund app, and it looks great. Full of little tips and ideas for helping the planet, it's beautifully designed (all the design elements were hand-drawn) and lets you earn "achievements" for the various positive actions you check off.

TreeHugger's app
. The TreeHugger app from TreeHugger.com gives you news, podcasts, and product information—all with TreeHugger's signature focus on sustainability and green living.

Find Green
. Very cool app with information on green businesses near you, including how far away they are and directions for finding them. It currently includes 60,000 listings in dozens of categories in hundreds of cities across North America.

The Good Guide
. This one's really interesting: you scan a product barcode using your iPhone's camera, and the Good Guide app gives you an instant rating based on Health, Environment, and Social Responsibility.

. If you're trying to eat local to avoid the environmental impact of shipping in out-of-season foods, this app's for you. Locavore shows you which local fruits and vegetables are fresh and have a lower transport carbon footprint, and even shows farmers' markets near you.

Do you have any other eco-friendly tech tools that you're a fan of? Let us know in the comments!

Image via EarthHour.org

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