What's Your Eco-Quotient?

Are you putting your best footprint forward? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question:

Which saves more water? a) Fixing a running toilet b) Fixing a dripping faucet c) Shaving 5 minutes off your shower

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Answer:

Incredibly, fixing a running toilet could save 200 gallons of water per day according to the EPA.

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Question:

Spending time outside has been shown to: a) Increase immunity b) Decrease stress c) Improve concentration

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Answer:

All of the above—As well as boosting self-esteem, improving mood, and increasing Vitamin D levels. Get out there already!

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Question:

How much water could you save by simply scraping plates instead of rinsing them before loading the dishwasher? a) Up to a gallon a load b) Up to 10 gallons a load c) Up to 20 gallons a load

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Answer:

Taking a few seconds to scrape your plate before loading it into the dishwasher can save up to 20 gallons a load. And according to EnergyStar any dishwasher model that’s up to snuff will produce sparkling results without a pre-rinse anyhow.

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Question:

If the average American vowed to bring her own reusable totes when shopping, about how many plastic bags would she keep out of the landfill in a year? a) 120 b) 1,200 c) 12,000

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Answer:

Switching to reusable totes would save the earth approximately 1,200 plastic bags in a year—per person. Stash a few of your own bags in the trunk of your car or keep one balled up in your purse so that you’ll be prepared for even last-minute errands.

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Question:

What’s the best way to cut down on the amount of food waste you send to the landfill? a) Shop with recipes in mind b) Store produce properly c) Compost

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Composting is a super-easy way to cut down on waste that's sent to the landfill. Pretty much anything that’s not an animal product (dairy, bones, meat, fish) can be mixed with paper, cardboard, and yard waste to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

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Question:

If everyone in the United States replaced one package of paper napkins with cloth, how many trees would we save? a) 1,000 b) 100,000 c) 1,000,000

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1 million trees is equivalent to more than 2,200 acres of forest! Just think of how many more trees we could save by using cloth kitchen towels instead of paper towels and skipping disposable plates, bowls and cups, as well.

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Question:

Along with coffee, tea, and chocolate, which of the following food products can be Fair Trade Certified? a) Alcohol b) Grains c) Honey

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All of the above can be Fair Trade Certified—As well as fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, sugar, and even textiles, sports balls, and body care products. Look for an official Fair Trade seal to ensure that the items you buy in these categories are produced sustainably by fairly paid farmers or laborers in safe working conditions.

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Question:

How much energy can you save by washing your clothes in cold water? a) 25% b) 50% c) 90%

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You can save a whopping 90% of energy by washing clothes in cold water. Also awesome: cold water can clean as effectively as hot water and is less likely to shrink or fade fabric.

Test your eco-knowledge and see just how green you are. 

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