What is Carbon Lyfe?
Carbon Lyfe is an android app where users can monitor their food-waste and carbon footprint. With the aim to create a healthier planet by implementing sustainable food management practices, the Carbon Lyfe App provides consumers tools to save food, save money, and save the planet. Their goal is to prevent 1 billion pounds of food waste by the year 2030.
That is a huge number! But through the Carbon Lyfe app and your cooperation, it is definitely attainable!
Inspired by Polar Bears and Eskimos
Brave and curious, the founders of Carbon Lyfe took a life-changing trip deep in the Arctic circle, in the remote village of Kaktovik, on Barter Island in Alaska, surrounded by the Inupiat people. During their stay, they experienced a very close and dangerous encounter with wild polar bears.
Although cute and cuddly in photos, Polar Bears are not the friendliest to people, especially when they are hungry. Unfortunately, due to the melting of the polar ice caps, many polar bears are forced out of their usual habitats and end up closer to these remote villages looking for food and shelter. One of the major causes for the destruction of their habitats are greenhouse gasses and global warming.
Now you may be asking, where does Carbon Lyfe come in?
Through their research, they discovered that food waste is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In fact, if food waste was a country, it would be number 3 behind US and China in terms of annual world GHG contributions.
- Almost 40% of the food grown in the US is wasted and never eaten.
- This wasted food uses 25% of our depleting fresh water supplies.
- At the same time, there are close to 50 million food insecure individuals in US that goes to bed hungry every night.
- This was not only a global climate issue, but also a social humanitarian issue.
- If we saved only one-fourth of the wasted food we could feed every hungry person!
How do I use Carbon Lyfe?
Almost everyone buys and consumes food daily; It should be part of our daily routine to lessen food waste. We can do this when we avoid buying food that we don’t need. This not just reduces waste, it also saves you time and money!
Carbon Lyfe helps you keep track of what you need to buy so that you only get the items that you need. It also alerts you when food is about to expire so that you can use it. You can think of it as a virtual pantry!
So how can using Carbon Lyfe help?
The Carbon Lyfe Application offers a number of features to help you start lessening your carbon footprint! Carbon Lyfe tells users the shelf life of products when you have bought them, the quantity of the products you have left so users will know when to go out and buy more groceries rather than finding out you still have more in storage wasting your time and money when it could be used for something else!
Currently the Carbon Life team is in the progress of developing a web platform, scheduled to release before the end of the year. So best to keep an eye out for that! Once released the web platform will help users be able to do the following.
- Create smart shopping lists
- Know your environmental impacts through the Shopping list
- Create meal plans
- Provide recipes based on ingredients available in their pantry
- Provide storage tips to extend the shelf life of various food items
- Provide Shelf life information
- Provide environmental impact of the different food items.
Start reducing your carbon footprint now!
Sinchan, one of the founders of Carbon Lyfe, shared some great tips with us to start making small changes around you! Small changes can have a huge impact. You don’t have to make expensive swaps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are some simple steps you can take:
Wasted food ends up in a landfill and starts emitting methane which is a far more potent greenhouse gas. Also there are so many people in the world who have food insecurity which 30-40% of all produced food is wasted. Today we produce enough food in the world to feed everyone, so if we can manage the food that we are currently producing then we will not need to continue deforestation.
So what are you waiting for? Try out the App now!
To learn more check out www.carbonlyfe.com