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.

Add a new place to Zero Waste App

Add a new place to Zero Waste App

Finding  those wonderful Zero Waste Friendly places around the world is our mission. One example is La Recyclerie in Paris. Beautiful and the perfect place for Zero Wasters.

Help us find those places all over the world!

Since version 1.0.33 you can recommend a place to Zero Waste App.

All you need is the app’s version 1.0.33:

and the city for which you’d like to recommend a new place must be unlocked.

You can recommend bulk shops, zero waste shops, packaging free shops, plastic free shops, zero waste friendly cafes and restaurants, zero waste activities, composting locations, 2nd hand shops, rental places, repair cafes and businesses, things on tap (like drinking water, beverages, alcoholic beverages, oils, vinegar… any type of liquid).

Check out this video about how to recommend a new place:

You can also use this feature to send us a picture and a comment for a place that is already in the app. There are lots of locations still without picture and we would love it if you can help us fill the gaps.

Or add a place right here on the website!

Just go to the Add a place form and enter all the details and your picture.


Welcome to the very first version of Zero Waste App

Welcome to the very first version of Zero Waste App

Druuummm roll please!! It’s here! The very first version of Zero Waste App!

Find it in the app store, install it, open it and check it out:

Keep in mind, this is a baby. It was just born. It’s completely new. But soon it’s going to evolve into your new friend who knows all the great Zero Waste Friendly places in different cities in the world. And that friend learns about more and more places all the time.

So, say Hi to the newborn Zero Waste App!

What’s in it?

What you see when you open the app depends on where in the world you are. I’m in the Netherlands, so I see Europe, Africa, some of Western Asia. It looks like this for me:

Screenshot Zero Waste App Europe

If you’re somewhere on the American Continent, it might look like this for you:

Screenshot of Zero Waste App Americas First Version

and if you’re in Asia, you might see this:

Screenshot of Zero Waste App Asia First Version

Let’s check out Europe first, because there are all those red markers on the map. They point to those 12 cities that are currently available in the app:

  • Netherlands
    • Amersfoort
    • Arnhem
    • Deventer
  • Germany
    • Berlin
    • Hamburg
    • Munich
  • England
    • London
  • Portugal
    • Lisbon
    • Porto
  • France
    • Lyon
    • Paris
  • Spain
    • San Sebastian

You can tap on the markers and will see a little pop-up saying ‘Click here to show details.’ Tap on the pop-up and you’ll see the city preview, just like this:

You’ll see a short description about how zero waste friendly the city is and a list showing how many locations per category are included. Scroll down and you’ll see the full list:

Screenshot Paris

And I’m sure you saw the big red button saying ‘Buy it now for $ 0.99’. This is how you can get all the location information that is mentioned in the list above. And that’s not all actually. When ever there is a new location becoming available for a city you already bought, it will be downloaded on your phone automatically and it won’t cost a penny. All locations coming in the future are free.

If you’d like to find out when new cities become available, make sure to sign up for our newsletter here: English Newsletter or German Newsletter.

Travel to Guatemala for a moment!

Now let’s move over to the American Continent and check out the details for a city. Can you find Antigua? It’s in Guatemala, Central America. It has this green marker pointing to it. Tap on that! This one says ‘It’s free!’.

Now if you tap on that you can see details about what locations this city contains. You should actually try it and so I’m not posting a screenshot of it here.

Antigua currently includes the following:

  • 4 Bulk stores
  • 3 Cafes and Restaurants
  • 2 Farmers’ markets
  • 1 Activity

Tap on the green button that says ‘GET IT NOW FOR FREE!’. You will have to enter your apple id password again but it won’t cost a penny. It will download the locations and you can then zoom in and tap on each one of the location markers. Tap on the little pop-up to go to the location screen.

I won’t tell you more at this point, I think you should try it out for yourself!

Play around with it and if you have feedback or questions, we would be happy to hear from you. The support page gives you details around How to send us your feedback or questions.

You can also comment right here on the page.