You already recycle, carry reusable bags and water bottles and shop organically, and the benefits are considerable–you feel great about yourself, you’re out saving the world and whatnot. But what if you could earn something more immediate and tangible, like, I don’t know… Whole Foods’ coupons?
Did you say Whole Food coupons?
Whole Planet Foundation’s new free green mobile app, Make Change, Not Waste created by Atomic Axis, an Austin based mobile application development company gamifies learning about eco-actions. Released in May, this mobile application gives users the opportunity to track their green activity and earn coupons to Whole Foods (which by the way are instantly available to scan on your phone at the checkout) for their actions. Planning on donating those old clothes that have been hiding in the mysterious depths of your closet? You can earn rewards for that.
Performing green actions like buying in bulk, reusing towels and taking short showers earn users of Make Change, Not Waste valuable coupons to green brands like Organic Valley, Alexia Foods and Natures Path. Don’t want to use the coupons on yourself? Not a problem. After earning a coupon, an option is available to donate a percentage of the coupon back to Whole Planet Foundation to aid in microcredit loans. You can track how much money you’ve raised under the “My Impact” tab, as well as bags you’ve avoided by reusing your own.
Having the app is like gaining access to a mini pocket book full of educational information on green actions. Browsing through the actions while logging activities provides users with ideas on new ways to be eco-friendly, as well as providing descriptions of the activities and the impact it will make. The great thing about using this app is that you don’t need to be a green guru by any means. The app can be the tool you use to discover the multitude of ways you can contribute to sustaining the world. What’s that, you’re already an expert? Use your skills to climb to the top of the leader board of most active users. Or, pass the app onto that friend who wants to be green but doesn’t know how, and consider it your good deed for the day.
While you get on to log Repurposed Containers after doing a project reusing broken plates, pottery and assorted ceramics you might notice the item Commuted During Non-Peak Hours. Clicking on the description would inform you that this action helps you use less gas and reduce emissions from the vehicle, inspiring you to try this out next week while you go to work. Not to mention your action takes you a step closer to acquiring that beautiful coupon. Educating ourselves while saving money? It doesn’t get more legit than that.
Download Make Change, Not Waste on the iPhone App Store today to start saving money and saving the world.