Why Zero Waste App is the way it is

Why Zero Waste App is the way it is

I’d like to take a moment to respond to feedback and questions we received about Zero Waste App.

The most asked question first:

Is there an Android version of Zero Waste App?

Yes there is!

It’s not the exact same as the iOS version but we’re working on getting all the features in.

Why do I have to pay to unlock a city?

App development is quite costly and keeping it up running is expensive too. There are costs for the development itself and for the hosting. And for the hosting of the website and blog too. And for tools. And we’re just two people doing this in our free time, paying all this from our own money. In order to make sure that the Zero Waste App can survive and thrive for a long time we’re asking for a small amount of money which helps us paying the bills. And it is the lowest price level possible for in-app purchases. See it as a tiny donation towards a tool that helps the Zero Waste Movement.

We do know that there are maps available online where people can add locations to a map and you can use them for free. Please go ahead and use them! They might be somewhat complicated to use on a phone though. We’re also aware that there is google out there and you can search for things and businesses. Please go ahead and use it! Anything that helps you reduce your waste is great! Google-ing in order to find those small stores that have a couple of gravity bins might be a bit tricky though. And hardly anyone mentions on their website that they are a Zero Waste Friendly cafe or restaurant, even if they are. I could go on and on….

Alternatively you can ask the Zero Waste Expert of a city that you’d like to visit using Zero Waste App and s/he gives you a huge amount of information for just a tiny bit of money that helps us pay for the app cost.

We like to keep the app advertisement free and asking for the small amount for your city that is our way to achieving that.

Important to know:

Once you’ve unlocked a city, all locations that are added to that city in the future will be downloaded automatically to your phone. Your map will show more and more markers.

Even more important to know:

We’ll keep working on the app in order to make it better and better. More cities are coming, translations of the app and all the data in it and also new features are in the making.

Why can’t I add a business?

1. You can add a business for a city you’ve unlocked.
Please read here how that works: Add a new place to Zero Waste App.

2. You can not add a business for a city that is not yet unlocked.

We don’t want you to send us things that are already in because that would produce even more work on our end. So we would like you to check first if the business is already in or not. After all, we don’t want to receive any spam either.

3. You can not add a business for a city that is not yet available in Zero Waste App.

When you unlock a city, you’ll notice that many locations for this city are available. Many if not most have high quality pictures too.

For Vienna for example your phone will download this number of locations if you unlock it right now:

Also there is a lot of information in the general city information available which is helpful for Zero Wasters.

This is the general information about Vienna:
















All this information (general information and the location details) was gathered for you by a local Zero Waste Expert or a local Zero Waste Group. You can see who gathered the information in the city details and also on the contributors page.

To get all the data for Vienna together, Sophie has done an amazing job and she is a local expert.






Those where the three most discussed topics behind the scenes. Please don’t hesitate sending us your questions and comments.

If you like this project and would like to help us, there are many ways to get involved, just check out this page: Get Involved.

Find cities easier with the new Zero Waste App version!

Find cities easier with the new Zero Waste App version!

Ok, new version is out, I’m excited, and so here is a brief overview about the changes. The Version number is 1.0.32 just in case you were wondering.

We’ve updated some things for a better performance in the background. Ok, good to know but there is nothing to see.

So, let’s move onto the things we can see:

The city markers have changed:

We hope to make it clearer and easier to find with the new colors and style.

  • There are no more red markers, we found them to be too scary.
  • The turquoise markers point to cities that you can unlock.
  • The bigger markers with city symbol and turquoise border point to the unlocked cities.
  • Grey markers point to cities that are coming soon.
  • Green markers point to cities, that can be unlocked for free.

‘Buy now’ button has changed

The big scary ‘Buy now’ button has changed into a friendly turquoise ‘Unlock now’ button. What you’re doing when you’re clicking that button and paying $0.99 is that you’re unlocking a Zero Waste Location Finder in that city that will keep growing over time. More and more locations are added and your map will update automatically. So you’ll find out about new Zero Waste shopping options right on your map.

Additionally you’re supporting this project and helping us to make it bigger and better. More features are coming, more cities are coming, more languages are coming. So by unlocking a city, you’re paying a small amount but making a big difference for all Zero Wasters on the hunt for good Zero Waste Friendly locations.


And here is the cool new feature: The new City List

In the map view on the upper right corner you can see the word ‘List’. Tap that and you’ll get the list of cities that are currently available in the app. That gives an easier overview about what’s already there. And also about what’s coming. A grey city symbol will be in front of the city name for each ‘coming soon’ city.

You can tap the city name and will get the city details next. Or you tap the ‘Map’ in the upper left corner to get back to the map view.

Right now it’s alphabetically sorted. In the future it will be organized into countries, maybe continents too. Also we want to add a list like that for each city with all locations. Step after step, version after version…

Check it out!

Ok, now go update your app and have a look. What do you think? We’re happy about your feedback! Either comment here or find multiple ways on how to send us feedback.