The Good Shopping Guide App

I have written previously about sustainability smartphone apps, but here is another.  The good news this time for those of us east of the Atlantic is that it is focussed on products available in the UK.  The bad news is that it is (as yet) only available for iOS devices, meaning iPhone and iPad.

The app is called The Good Shopping Guide, and is based on the book of the same name.  According to this article in the Guardian, “more than 700 brands are ranked in 72 product-specific categories according to how ethically they have been produced.”  It does concede that “you can’t swipe the barcode and pull up information”, which is something the Good Guide mentioned in my earlier post can do.

Also, unlike the free Good Guide, the app costs £2.99 (although 10% of net revenue goes to Friends of the Earth).  In my view it is probably worth the outlay to take advantage of the UK-specific information, but until an Android version becomes available I won’t be giving it a go myself.


Paper-free Meeting Notes

iPad with on display keyboard
Image via Wikipedia

I was at a meeting for work on Friday with seven other people and the future was laid bare in front of me.  As I pulled out my notebook, pen and the great big pile of documents I may or may not have actually needed, two others at the meeting pulled out iPads, and nothing else!

I was sat next to one of these individuals, an architect.  It was interesting to see how he used it.  He flicked effortlessly between his note taking and drawings of the project we were discussing.  To think that that even before he left the room he could have sent the notes of the meeting to colleagues back at his home office, along with marked up drawings or anything else.  Surely it won’t be long before we all have tablets for work?  I can certainly see myself using one, and will definitely not miss lugging around that stack of documents.