Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quiz: How Green Are You?

From Emerald Apron, who had way too much fun writing this post!

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?
a. Disposables
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.
b. Organic.
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!


Jenn the Greenmom said...

Love this. :-) question it really greener to get rid of working appliances to replace them with Energy Star ones than to keep using what you have until it wears out and THEN replace it?

Like the car...I drive a not-very-efficient car from 2001 or so, and as much as I'd love to ditch it for a 2007 Prius (the newest I could even possibly afford), wouldn't the footprint from that be even worse?

Just askin. (Sour grapes that my emerald green is a little mintier than I'd like, probably!)

(I've always wanted to sleep in a yurt...or try breastmilk ice cream:-))

brendie said...

how many mammals drink milk once they are weaned? do we believe the propaganda we are "feed" about how we need milk at all?
No babies, No jam, power comes to us on the grid but is hydro generated, dinner was homemade sweetpotato and lentils and a pork chop from a "friendly farm" fridge and washing machine are star rated, no dishwasher, no dryer, small car, Id still say i was minty green with a few emerald streaks

knutty knitter said...

Mostly emerald with a dash of extreme here and there - yurts are over rated. Our school uses them as classrooms but they are not good in high winds or too much rain.

viv in nz

Green Bean said...

What fun!! I too am mostly Emerald with a smidge of Mint and D thrown in for good measure. I wish it were darker and maybe someday. Thanks for the entertainment! :)

robbie @ going green mama said...

Love it! Mostly emerald, with a bit of mint streaks for contrast. :)

Farmer's Daughter said...

@Jenn I personally think that wearing something out is better than replacing it immediately with a "greener" product. I'm sure there are lots of arguments in both directions.

@brendie that's why I included the "vegan" option when it comes to milk.

@knuttyknitter that's so cool!

@green bean and robbie we're all on the same page!

Dea-chan said...

See, some of this I would LOVE to have better answers, but I'm in an apartment. So my appliances are what my landlords bought, and my power is whatever the city provides to me. On the other hand, I have no car and take the train everywhere thanks to that same city.

We also still use toilet paper (whatevers cheap and in bulk) but don't use any other disposable paper. We buy one roll of paper towels every couple of months, since sometimes, it's really icky and you just wanna throw it out!

Eh, we're probably minty green with a bit of emerald. My guy cares way less than I, and, rather than spend way too much on grass-fed local beef, we just eat less of it, etc. I have been luring him in with good food though... :-P

(random post, sorry!)

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

I'm happy to be able to answer C on most of those, with a couple of B's and even an A (TP!) in there. I'm not seeing myself in the chlorophyll category anytime soon. It took me 4 yrs to get to minty emerald.

Emerald Apron, when I saw that message calling you "light green" I thought, what does that make me? I wonder what shade of green the author of that message is...

Farmer's Daughter said...

@Dea-chan I should have added "E- in a perfect world, this is what I WOULD do!" The thought counts! And as far as I know, apartment dwelling can be very green!

@Betsy I personally believe that we can only get so green until we reach a point that we're unwilling or unable to go any farther. For example, I'm not willing to live in a hut without electricity and running water. I feel like I'm at that point now, and my personal changes have gone as far as they're going to go. That's why I'm now moving into activism to try to get polluters to clean up. It's their turn!

Chile said...

Not a clue since there were a number of questions with no choice for me. For instance:

#1: It was my own homemade jam in a jar I will re-use for canning another batch after using a spatula to get every bit out.

#2. My well-maintained 12-year-old vehicle is not super fuel-efficient but DH commutes with a highly efficient motorcycle.

#3. Dinner from my own garden, local organic garden (where I volunteer for food), and farmers market.

#4. No kids so none.

#5. Woohoo, coal. We can't afford solar but we do reduce our use.

#6. Most

#7. Cloth (washed by hand and hung to dry)

#8. No dairy. Almond or oat milk rarely now.

#9. Every day is lived as if it is Earth Day.

#10. Mix. Often just hot water and a microfibercloth. Gets the germs without poisoning anything.

So, probably a deep Emerald Green except that I am a doom and gloom type. LOL!

Farmer's Daughter said...

@Chile I thought of you when I wrote about hand washing clothes!

Elizabeth said...

Fun! I am a total all shades of green rainbow. Power comes from the power line, so "goose poop green" there. We have mostly shade anyways, so at least that keeps the house cool in the summer.

Not sure about the car option. Relatively fuel efficient station wagon, 8 years old, 100,000+ miles that we keep in good shape. Emerald or mint?

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Farmer's Daughter -- that is a really good perspective articulated very well. And I completely agree. And I think it's great to make green changes you will actually stick with, rather than treat it like an exercise or diet fad that you will soon get tired of trying to do. I think it's great you are so active in the policy realm. Those changes really will make a bigger difference than any of us can make individually.


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