Have You Ever… Gone Green?!

These days, more and more people are becoming concerned with how they impact our planet.  Every day, more and more people are taking greater strides towards going green.  How green are you?  We’re about to find out.

The rules are simple: For each question that you answer ‘yes’ to, give yourself a single point. When you reach the end of the quiz, add up your points and post your total in the comments.

Have You Ever?!

1.Do you always recycle paper (cereal boxes, office paper, newspaper, cardboard, etc.)?
2.Do you always recycle your glass, plastic and metal?
3.Do you always purchase recycled paper products? (toilet paper, tissues, etc.)
4.Do you always use greener cleaners or even make your own cleaners?
5.Do you regularly use reusable shopping bags?
6.Do you regularly use a refillable water bottle?
7.Do you make an effort to only purchase items with minimal or recyclable packaging?
8.Do you only use compact fluorescent or other energy-efficient light bulbs?
9.Do you regularly turn off the lights when you leave the room?
10.Do you try to minimize your energy usage?
11.Do you make efforts to seal up your leaky windows & doors and insulate your home?
12.Do you wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot?
13.Do you only buy “Energy Star” efficient appliances?
14.Do you frequently unplug unused electronics, chargers and appliances?
15.Do you take quick showers with a efficient shower head?
16.Do you use clean energy at your home? (solar, wind, etc.)
17.Do you regularly compost?
18.Do you have a fruit and/or vegetable garden?
19.Do you always try to buy local? (produce & meats from farmer’s markets, farm stands, etc.)
20.Do you do your best to use/eat all of the food you purchase before they spoil?
21.Do you regularly purchase or obtain used items at places like yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, or online sources like Craigslist, eBay or Freecycle?
22.Do you donate your old clothing?
23.Do you regularly walk or ride a bike to your destination?
24.Do you regularly use public transportation?
25.Do you regularly drive a hybrid or alternative-fuel car?

What other steps do you take towards reducing your impact on the planet?  What steps do you plan to take?  Tell us all about it — and your total — in the comments!


13 thoughts on “Have You Ever… Gone Green?!”

  1. I’ll be the first to flaunt my political incorrectness: 4. Those “only” and “always” clauses killed me.

    If the path to saving the planet includes a world where lightbuibs take 2 minutes to come to full brightness and require hazmat suits to discard, I might be okay with rising ocean levels and extreme weather phenomena.

  2. 8….I’m pretty green, but I refuse to get all earth crunchy. I did select that I recycle office paper, but I know for a fact that the custodians in my office building dump the paper from the recycle bins into the regular trash…so stupid

  3. 7, but less of that is being green and more of that is having it pounded in my head and being cheap. I hate nothing more than throwing food away and when I am home, there is generally a single light on in the house; the room in which I am sitting.

  4. 10. It would have been higher, but being a city-dweller, I don’t own a car (fuel-efficient or otherwise), I haven’t bought my own appliances in a few years, and the super yelled at me when I tried to start a small flowerbox garden on the fire escape.

  5. 10. But on;y because I’m married to Captain Planet. Harry would have a super high score.

    I should probably subtract points for taking looooong showers. Screw the world – it’s one of my favorite vices.

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