The other day, someone called me "light green." I was kind of offended at first, but it got me thinking. What are the qualification for different shades of green? AM I really light green? Who's wrong, me or her? So, I wrote up this handy dandy quiz so we can all see where we fall on the verdant spectrum. Please take the quiz and share your results in the comments!
Quiz: How Green Are You?
1. You finish the last of the strawberry jam. What do you do with the empty glass jar?
a. Throw it in the trash can
b. Put it in the recycling bin
c. Rinse it out and save it to reuse as a vase or to store crayons.
d. Put in some water, swish it around and ice pops with it to get every last bit of my homemade jam out of the jar. Then I wash the jar and put it on the shelf next to the rest of my mason jars.
2. What kind of car do you drive?
a. Hummer, SUV, pick up truck or sports car
b. A fuel efficient car
c. Prius Hybrid
d. A 1982 Mercedes that I salvaged from the junk yard, rebuilt by hand and run on biodiesel that I brew in my garage OR This is a trick question, I don’t own a car and I ride my bike and/or take public transportation wherever I need to go.
3. What did you eat for dinner last night?
a. Fast food
b. A prepackaged organic frozen meal
c. A free-range chicken from the farmer’s market and veggies from my garden, with a local artisan baguette
d. Roasted beets with quinoa and kale and heirloom tomatoes from my own “beyond organic” garden OR a home-raised chicken that we slaughtered that day, with homemade sourdough bread, swiss chard from our garden and apple pie made with apples from our own trees that we canned last fall and pie crust made with lard rendered at home from last year’s hog.
4. If you have children, what type of diapers do/did you use?
b. A hybrid diaper system, like gdiapers
c. Cloth diapers
d. Diapers? What diapers? We used elimination communication OR I chose not to have children because I didn’t want to add to my eco-footprint. (Skip this question if you chose not to have children for other reasons)
5. Where does your electricity come from?
a. I don’t know, the power lines?
b. I buy “clean energy options,” meaning that a proportion of energy equal to our use is put into the grid from clean sources like wind and hydroelectric.
c. I have solar panels on my house (on- or off-grid).
d. Electricity? We live in a yurt.
6. How many appliances in your home are Energy Star rated?
a. What is Energy Star?
b. All of them! We just replaced all of our appliances with new ones, even though they were still working.
c. 1-3. We’re slowly replacing our appliances with Energy Star ones, as needed.
d. Appliances? We don’t have a fridge, we use a wood cookstove and we wash our clothes by hand in the bath tub (hauling water from the hand pump outside and boiling it on the wood cookstove, of course!), and we hang our clothes to dry on the line. Even our underwear!
7. What kind of toilet paper do you use?
a. The quilted soft stuff OR whatever’s on sale
b. Scott Naturals with a percentage recycled
c. Seventh Generation
d. Toilet paper? We use cloth wipes.
8. What kind of milk do you buy?
a. The kind that comes from cows.
c. Antibiotic and hormone free milk from a local dairy that sells it in returnable glass bottles. We visited there and got to pet one of the cows, too!
d. We have a cow named Bessie. She’s a nice old Jersey, and we milk her once a day, choosing to milk-share with her calf, Daisy. We don’t believe in separating a mother cow from her calf, and one day Daisy will replace her mother. We make butter, kefir and yogurt from the extra milk. OR We’re strict vegans, we don’t drink milk. But we do make our own tofu in case you were interested. OR I express my own breast milk to give to my children, ages 15, 18 and 34. Humans evolved to drink human milk. We even churn our own breast milk ice cream!
9. Did you participate in Earth Hour this year?
a. What’s Earth Hour?
b. Absolutely! We had so much fun turning off our lights and making shadow puppets by beeswax candle light.
c. No. One hour of turning off the lights makes no difference, so why bother? Every day should be Earth Day!
d. Well, we’re too cool for Earth Hour but technically we did participate, since the yurt doesn’t have electricity. (see #5)
10. What type of household cleaners do you use?
a. Lots of antibacterial ones. Gotta kill those germs!
b. We’re making the change to eco-friendly cleaners.
c. We make our own cleaners using lemon juice, borax, baking soda and vinegar. Antibacterial cleaners lead to resistant bacteria!
d. We don’t clean the yurt. Germs are good for your immune system!
Mostly A- Goose-poop Green. (Note- This is a shade of green that my brother and I invented in childhood. It results from mixing all the colors of paint together.) You have no interest in decreasing your impact on the Earth.
Mostly B- Mint Green. You care about the environment and are just starting out on your journey. You’re educating yourself and making small changes for your family, one step at a time. You’re excited because there’s still so much to learn and so many changes to make!
Mostly C-Emerald Green. You’re no newbie when it comes to the environmental movement. You’ve done the research and have been working at it for a long time. You wouldn't classify yourself as a "doom and gloom" type... yet.
Mostly D- Green dyed with natural chlorophyll pigment that you extracted from beyond organic herbs grown in your own garden. Except you won’t ever read this quiz because you don’t have internet access.
Note: This quiz is for entertainment purposes only.
Well, after taking this highly scientific quiz, it turns out that I fall right into the Emerald category, with a few minty answers and a few naturally-dyed green answers. What shade of green are you? And did I forget any questions? Feel free to add your own in the comments!