Commons - Sustainable Spending

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About this app

** App of the Day, 2022 **
** TIME100 Most Influential Companies, 2022 **
** Woman of Color Founder and CEO **

Every purchase has a carbon footprint, and our spending is our most accessible way to combat climate change. The footprint of our daily purchases impacts 65% of global emissions. By spending sustainably, we can demand a low-carbon future for planet Earth.
With Commons, discover the environmental impact of your purchases and find easy ways to make eco-friendly choices.

1. CASH BACK FOR SUSTAINABLE PURCHASES: Every day we have opportunities to spend more sustainably. When we choose to take public transit, eat a plant-based meal, or shop secondhand, we’re making sustainable spending choices.

With Commons, you can get cash back rewards for sustainable purchases through January 2024.

2. DISCOVER SUSTAINABLE BRANDS: Find sustainable swaps for every kind of purchase. Spend sustainably by switching to brands that are reducing our global emissions.

Use Commons to browse hundreds of brands that are supporting low-carbon business models or responsibly offsetting their emissions.
Discover brands like Vuori, Thrive Market, Athletic Greens, Cotopaxi, Goodr, Blueland, peak Design, Pela, and Wildfang.

Find eco-friendly options for clothing, shoes & accessories, baby and kids, groceries, dining, beauty, wellness, sports & outdoors, home, pets, travel, utilities, thrifting, and more.

3. SAVE MONEY: From laundry to groceries, Commons gives you personalized, practical guides for eco-friendly living. Learn ways to live more sustainably and save money.

Try our guides on eco-friendly laundry, sustainable flying, greening your bank, secondhand furniture, composting, eating local, and more.

4. LOWER YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT: With a personalized footprint tracker, see the emissions of each purchase and track your progress over time. To give you the most accurate carbon footprint, Commons calculates the emissions of each transaction based on your carbon profile and what you purchased.

Get personalized tips and insights to lower your footprint and watch it shrink over time.

5. OFFSET YOUR EMISSIONS: Offsets are a way to compensate for our unavoidable emissions.
When you offset your emissions with Commons, you invest in a vetted, diverse portfolio of climate solutions that are lowering global emissions, supporting local communities, and restoring ecosystems.

Our portfolio includes:

- Charm industrial: Turns inedible crop reside into carbon-rich bio-oil, then stores it safely underground
- Running Tide: Removes carbon by growing kelp and permanently storing it on the ocean floor.
- Pachama: Verifies and monitors forestry carbon offset projects using satellite imagery and machine learning.
- Grassroots Carbon: Working with ranchers to apply regenerative farming practices that help the soil absorb more carbon.
- Nori: A soil carbon credit marketplace that works with farmers to quantify and verify transparent, blockchain-based carbon removals.

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Updated on
Feb 27, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

91 reviews
Michael Chase
September 13, 2023
The app user interface and content are both detailed and very organized/helpful. Having just moved to Ireland from the US, I'm hoping the app can expand internationally soon. I use "Earth Hero" to currently track my carbon footprint but would love to use an app that estimates directly off of my spending. Love the idea! Heard about the app on climate rising podcast from HBS.
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Anna Libey
February 6, 2024
This is the best budgeting app I've ever used. The only thing they're selling you is information on how to be a better environmentalist and an easy way to offset your emissions
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Angela Fuller
December 7, 2023
I love the concept of this app and it works until I try to withdraw or donate the money I've been given :/
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Commons App
December 8, 2023
Angela, So sorry you had trouble withdrawing your rewards! Can you email us at if you haven't yet and we'll fix this ASAP? It's important to us to address this issue. Thank you! ___ Update: Our team identified and deployed a fix to the bug that caused this issue. Thank you so much again for raising this to our attention!

What's new

- Bug fixes

- An updated offset portfolio: With the latest update to our Offset portfolio, we’re introducing three innovative, new climate projects including mangrove restoration, refrigerant destruction, and rock weathering.

- Offset your personal emissions through a diverse portfolio of rigorously vetted climate projects that are typically reserved for big companies.