The Blog Aquatic » iphone http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 You Spoke and We Listened! http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/10/you-spoke-and-we-listened/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/10/you-spoke-and-we-listened/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:54:06 +0000 Sara Thomas http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6253

In just 10 months, nearly 11,000 of our ocean friends downloaded and began using Rippl. The response for our iPhone app is incredible—not only are people downloading it, they’re also using it regularly.

Rippl helps you remember to make simple, sustainable choices that save you money and keep the ocean and all its wildlife healthy.

According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Of those, approximately 100 billion are plastic shopping bags. Thanks to our family of Rippl users, we’re helping to lower that number.

We’re inspired on a daily basis by the small changes individuals are implementing into their routines. Whether it’s remembering your reusable bag at the grocery store each visit or picking up that piece of trash you see on your commute into work, each action is adding up to make a big difference for the health of our ocean.

We all can use a reminder now and again to help us make smart choices in our daily lives. But Rippl isn’t just a way for you to remember small actions to take to help create a healthier planet, it’s also a way to share your inspiring environmental habits with others.

Starting this week and for the next three months, each tip delivered through Rippl has been created based on a current user suggestion. From ways to reduce your aluminum foil consumption to ideas for cutting down your gasoline use, these tips will not only save you money, they’ll help keep the ocean and all its wildlife healthy.

Haven’t started your Rippl effect yet? Download it today!

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Start your own Rippl™ Effect http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/09/17/start-your-own-rippl-effect/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/09/17/start-your-own-rippl-effect/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:00:38 +0000 Sara Thomas http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=2965
“What else can I do?”

We’ve heard this question thousands of times from volunteers following the annual success of the International Coastal Cleanup. People get out to their local beach, river, or even in their neighborhood and see the magnitude of the trash problem and want to know what else they can do. We always encourage volunteers to participate in other organized cleanups throughout the year and to think about how they can reduce their impact on the ocean and waterways by consuming fewer one-time use products.

Until now, these recommendations are all we’ve been able to offer…NOT anymore.

After 12 months of a user-focused design process and intensive group testing with volunteers, coordinators, ocean enthusiasts, families, and young professionals, Ocean Conservancy is very excited to announce our first mobile app, Rippl.  We’re energized as much about what Rippl is and will continue to become as we are about the journey we took to get here.

What is Rippl? 
Rippl is a free iPhone application that helps you make sustainable lifestyle choices by delivering weekly green living tips that you can then adapt to fit your busy schedule and needs. Each tip comes with the ability to set up customizable alerts and is designed to conveniently help transform your habits, save you money and live a greener, healthier life by reducing your trash impact.

Always forgetting your reusable bags? Rippl will remind you to grab them before you leave the house. Spend too much on coffee at the local coffee shop? Rippl lets you know when bringing your own mug can get you a discount. This is your first step in forming habits that will save you money and grow a healthy planet by keeping trash out of our landfills and waterways.

Why did we build Rippl? 
One of the biggest pieces of feedback we received from people throughout the course of the last year was that they often know what they can do to help the environment and our ocean, but they forget or it’s inconvenient. So we set out to help first make it easier to remember and second, provide convenient ways to implement these green habits into each of our daily lives. These behaviors build on each other over time, gradually creating a daily set of habits that allow users to live simpler, more fulfilled lives while helping the ocean.

What should you do? 
Download Rippl!

We’re confident that we’re building a community of everyday activists that who are trying to live a more reusable lifestyle, growing a healthy ocean and a healthy planet in the process.

But, this is only the first step. The app will continue to evolve – including building an Android version – as feedback comes in so that it truly can be a tool that suits the needs of its users.

Have a suggested tip? Send it to us! Want to see additional features in the app? Let us know and we’ll develop them out! This is as much a tool to help your daily routine get easier, as it is a tool for us to collectively reduce the amount of trash that could end up in our ocean.

Ready to start your own Rippl effect? Download it today, invite your friends and family to join you, and tell us what you think!

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