6 ways you can use your iPhone to do good
Your iPhone is a constant in your life, its tiny screen captivating you for more hours of the day than you’d probably care to admit.
But what if you could feel good about using your smartphone because you’re actually doinggood? Suddenly, tinkering away on your iPhone doesn’t seem so shameful.
With Apple’s annual September iPhone event upon us, there’s a lot to be excited about in the world of smartphones. But it doesn’t matter if you’re holding out for an iPhone 6S Plus or can’t let go of your iPhone 4 — you can start doing good with your phone right now.
Whether you want to strengthen your allyship, become a smarter consumer or get rid of your old phone in an ethical way, there are simple tech solutions that make it a little easier to help the world.
Check out these six easy ways to use your iPhone for good.
1. Become a better ally.
Your smartphone can be a great tool for aiding the communities you already advocate for in your everyday life.
Be My Eyes, for example, is an app that allows sighted people to connect with blind people via live video, helping them navigate situations in which sight is helpful — whether it’s a crowded neighborhood or reading a can’s label.
Refuge Restrooms is an app that allows volunteers to log gender-inclusive public bathrooms, helping transgender and gender non-conforming people find safe places to use the restroom.
If there’s a community you’re passionate about helping, chances are there’s an app for that.
2. Donate on the go.
Donating money is the most obvious way to do more good, and smartphones help you give back with ease.
Whether the dollars are coming directly from your bank account (as with charity app Instead) or through a game-like reward app (like FreeRice), giving a little money can help make a big difference.
Be sure to check out our list of apps that fit charity into your daily routine.
3. Do your part for the environment.
Donating money is valuable, but donating time can be just as impactful — especially with the help of some stellar science apps.
Educate yourself about your carbon footprint (and learn how to lower it) with Oroeco, or learn about invasive species in your area and how to report them with What’s Invasive.
4. Shop ethically.
Being an educated consumer is hard, but your phone can help. Apps like Buycott andGoodGuide help you discover the social impact of the products in your cart, and help you make more informed decisions about what you purchase.
Check out these additional tools to check if your clothing, specifically, is ethically made.
5. Know how to help others in an emergency.
Sometimes doing good is a hands-on task, especially when it comes to emergency situations. Always know what to do in a medical emergency by having the American Red Cross First Aid app on your phone, as well as other essential apps for storms and emergencies.
From info on asthma-related emergencies to burn care to CPR instructions, these apps have you covered for a wide variety of situations.
6. Donate your used phone for good.
Planning to upgrade to a new iPhone? Donate your old tech for good.
Consider donating your old phone to Rainforest Connection, an organization that turns phones into rainforest monitoring devices that listen and locate chainsaw sounds, allowing for the interception of illegal deforestation.
You can also donate your phone to a local women’s shelter to help women in domestic violence situations have a device to quickly use in emergency situations.
Here’s a helpful list of organizations and recycling programs that will take your old iPhone for a higher purpose.
Source by mashable