The CodeCheck App helps our society to buy healthy and sustainable products. This is not so easy nowadays due to aggressive and often only half-true advertising and the many technical terms of the ingredients on the packaging. Today, I'll show you exactly how to get the app and how to use it optimally so that you only consume harmless products in the future. I also conducted an interview with Franziska Grammes, the Communications Manager of Codecheck, which I will share with you in the course of the article. Let's go!
What are the benefits of the CodeCheck app?
The app makes it easier for you to spend a long time examining consumer goods for the quality of their ingredients. With the Codecheck app, consumers use the barcode on the back of an item to check within seconds whether it is healthy, socially and environmentally compatible. This makes the purchasing decision easier and doesn't leave us as buyers in the dark for long. Because too many products today contain microplastics, Palm oil or sugar additives and many other unhealthy or environmentally harmful additives. I personally think that CodeCheck can put companies under massive pressure with this app. Because the more people use this app, the more likely it is that responsible entrepreneurs will be pressured to manufacture their products more conscientiously. We consumers have it in our own hands and can make a big difference!
Interview with Franziska Grammes from CodeCheck
As promised, here is my interview with Franziska Grammes from CodeCheck. A great team, with environmentally conscious employees, in my opinion! And now have fun with the interview:
Why was CodeCheck created?
Similar to you, our founder Roman Bleichenbacher also got the idea for CodeCheck during a vacation: When he was traveling in Cuba in 1998 and, unfamiliar with the local offerings, bought a completely inedible mango, he asked himself for the first time what criteria we actually use to make our purchasing decisions. Back in Switzerland, he begins to build a database in which consumers can compile information about products themselves. This includes not only the origin of the product, but also the label, the price and the exact ingredients. All this information is stored and summarized via the barcode number. The idea is that once enough information has been gathered, people can make truly empowered decisions. Decisions that are not only good for their health, but also for the planet.
What are the major dangers lurking in consumer products. When is a product optimal and what aspects do you use to determine this?
An optimal product is neither harmful to health nor to the environment. However, it is impossible to make absolute statements here, because what is potentially "harmful" and what is not is sometimes very different from one individual to another or cannot really be determined at the present time. For example, one person may be allergic to certain fragrances, but another may not. Another wants to avoid palm oil from conventional cultivation, but makes exceptions for products with certified palm oil. Someone else wants to avoid microplastics, but another does not. Therefore, with the CodeCheck app, one can individually set on which factors the focus should be placed. CodeCheck itself is not an evaluating authority that makes statements. We just provide people with the appropriate information in a matter of seconds. For this purpose, we work with Greenpeace, WWF or BUND, among others. However, the decision is ultimately made by the user himself.
What are CodeCheck's goals for the next few years? What is being worked on?
After CodeCheck has only been available throughout the German-speaking world, it is now to be made accessible to an international audience. The next big step is therefore the launch in the USA this fall. We are also working on a "carbon footprint function" that will make it possible to identify which products are CO2-intensive and which are not.
Why should the consumer use CodeCheck?
CodeCheck should be used by anyone who wants to know more about the products they use every day.
What is the easiest way for consumers to use CodeCheck?
It really is child's play. Simply download the free app for iOS or Android, pick up a (packaged) food or cosmetic product, and scan the barcode. Within seconds, you can find out whether there's palm oil in your pizza or microplastics in your shower gel - and much more. In total, we rate more than 6,000 different ingredients. For foods, we also display a nutritional traffic light.
What does CodeCheck want future consumption to look like?
People are becoming increasingly concerned with the products they consume. Through their purchasing decisions, they send very clear signals to manufacturers, who must respond. Therefore, it will become much more transparent in the future where products come from, under what conditions they were produced and what exactly they contain. (see also Zero Waste Lifestyle)
Thank you very much for the pleasant interview!
Get the CodeCheck app here
You can download CodeCheck's app for avoiding ingredients in consumer products that are harmful to health or the environment from either the Google Playstore (Android smartphones) or Apple's AppStore (iOS smartphones).
Download and installation are self-explanatory, as with all other apps.
Optimal use of the CodeCheck app when shopping
I have honestly rarely used an app that is so easy to use. Above all, within a few seconds you already have the result you want. No long waiting time and the result is clearly displayed on the cell phone. It's that simple:
- Switch on the app and scan the barcode of the item
- The evaluation circle shows you the assessment of the product in different colors: Red = Very alarming, because carcinogenic, environmentally harmful, etc.; Green = Harmless ingredients.
That's it. However, the app is basically a large product database where you can also search for individual brands or manufacturers without scanning the barcode. For each item, you get a lot of special information. If an item is very questionable, the app even recommends a suitable alternative product based on the data you searched for.
The CodeCheck app makes the world a little better
I am glad that Roman Bleichenbacher was traveling in Cuba and thus got the impetus to develop the app. Because the CodeCheck app makes it easier to plastic free lifestyle and generally the environmentally friendly everyday life, like basically no other app. Easy to use and effective in solving problems. The CodeCheck app shows you immediately whether an item is healthy, socially and environmentally compatible. This changes consumption in the long term, so that companies are forced to adapt their products accordingly due to the change in demand.
With this in mind, stay clean,
PS.: You are welcome to read the article Microplastics in cosmetics through if you are not yet 100% convinced of the necessity of this app 🙂