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November 15, 2010

Green Egg Shopper App Helps Save Food, Money and Environment



Wise Banyan Tree released a Green Egg Shopper app for Apple’s (News - Alert) iPhone and iPad devices that makes use of technology to drive the need to reduce food waste and help save the environment. This shopping list app provides a unique way to seamlessly manage and organize shopping that makes it easier to reduce food wastage.

Millions of tons of food go to the landfills, costing households billions of dollars with the addition of environment woes such as greenhouse gases. As per a recent publication by ‘New Scientist,’ the energy consumed in wasting perfectly edible food in the U.S. each year amounts to be more than the energy extracted from the oil and gas reserves off the nation’s coastlines. Users can make use of the app to create shopping lists, as well as set ‘Use by’ dates as and when the items are picked from the shelf. Additionally, the app has the capability to archive these lists so as to retain what and how much was bought. This provides users with a handy reference that helps them make an informed decision the next time they go shopping, thus avoiding overbuying. 

As an example, users can look up the Thanksgiving or Christmas Shopping list from last year to plan accordingly for the current year, which also enables easy price comparison of the item bought. Most people tend to avoid food wastage by benefitting from the ‘Use by’ dates and reduce overbuying with efficient shopping management that helps track expiry of things stored at the back in refrigerators or cupboards.

The app lists all item near expiry and categorizes them in short, medium and long life term based on customizable user settings. The number of days before expiry of the ‘Use Me Now’ list can also be customized before planning meals. This app also provides the completed information on the shopping expenditure that enables Users to stop using tedious notes or collect store receipts. Reports are available by monthly expense for previous 12 months, expense by category as well as by shops.

The paid version of the App is available at $3.99 while the ‘Lite’ version is available for free.


Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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