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  • Ccf Interns

    The fact that there is a desire for this kind of app is a testament to the growing number of consumers who realize that their purchasing decisions have a real impact on the world around them, which is awesome! I recently wrote about some other apps for conscious consumers, which you might find interesting:

  • Brent Ward

    It is exciting to see Joulebug (and others) starting the movement to help motivate daily behavior changes that could become sustainable. The idea of getting credit with your peers for doing the "right thing" is a cool concept. I liked the idea of "pledging" that recyclebank had in its steps - perhaps Joulebug could add a feature that allows people to "challenge" each other to achieve certain points or behaviors (imagine parents challenging kids to turn off the lights and rewarding them with the savings). I know that I haven't seen such a feature in Foursquare. Spending your accumulated points for things that help you be more sustainability is a really wicked idea! I can't wait to see "take off". ;)

  • marywe

    I, too, am always surprised at how people's sustainable efforts seem to fly out the window at work (myself included). My workplace is filled with people who carry reusable water bottles, but don't seem to mind filling them up with the bottled water from our water cooler. Love the idea of an app that helps encourage us all to continue our sustainable behaviors wherever we are - and with a positive message instead of nagging.

    • Brent Ward

      Especially if it helps you sort out the really effective behaviors from the ones that don't make a real impact. There is so much competing information about what is or is not sustainable - especially when you look at it from the economic perspective.

    • Dave Burdick

      Ha! The bottled-water-into-reusable-bottle exchange is one I haven't seen much of. Thanks for reading and sharing.

  • Kelly Branson

    Love the extensive and diverse options for earning points. And taking the competitive aspect to the workplace -- brilliant! Bring on the Android version!!!

    • Brent Ward

      Another vote for Android here as well!

  • Glen Caplan

    Pretty interesting. I look forward to hearing how the app was able to encourage sustainability practices in the Raleigh City Government. Even incremental changes at scale can have a very big impact!

  • Vast Shadow


    As most computer nerds will say... If a app just doesn't do much, not many will use it. Maybe make a messenger client out of it -- You may get more usage.

    Its a good idea though. There is already a program like it, BUT you get more then just good-Samaritan points... You get awards, discounts, free crap, and other things.
    If you sign in... You will see you are able to do lil random tasks to acquire more points.

    • linabrunton

      That's pretty funny - save the environment by getting more stuff? Recyclebank looks like it helps Coca Cola and Ziploc plastic bags more than the environment, or me, for that matter.

      • Brent Ward

        What surprised me was that it didn't offer me the stuff that I wanted or needed, but seemed to be another approach to getting coupons out into the world. It would be more effective if it helped to match what I wanted with being able to use my accumulated points.

  • Kingsley Harris

    Interesting concept. The UI design is a bit over the top though.