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1. How often do you recycle?

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1. Recycling in the US is very manageable in the US where most cities & states have implemented recycling programs in their waste management. Whether you are in a home or complex, a “single-stream” recycling bin it typically available which allows you to recycle various types of metal, paper, and plastics. If you are not sure what you can recycle, visit you waste provider’s website—they usually provide a list.

2. How do you bring your groceries home?

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2. Bringing your own reusable bags for groceries saves the environment from more pollution of plastic and paper. When recycled, both paper and plastic bags get stuck in the machinery and cause issues. A bag has the lifespan of more than 700 plastic bags. By opting for reusable bags, you can remove up to 22,000 plastic bags from the environment over your lifetime.

3. Do you leave the lights on when leaving a room?

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3. Turning the lights off when there is no need for them saves energy. This is especially effective if your utilities run off of nonrenewable energy sources which are unsustainable.

4. Do you look for certification labels on packaged products?

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4. While there are many different labels that indicate different things about products, you can trust that the product has met a set of third-party standards that are monitored on a regular basis. Examples of reassuring labels for consumers are “B Corporation”, “USDA Organic”, “Fair Trade”, “Rainforest Alliance Certified”, and “Certified Vegan” amongst many others.

5. Do you buy organic food?

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5. Organic food is not only better for the environment, but better for your health. Organic food is not grown with harmful pesticides or other industrial materials that lead to environmental issues such as soil depletion. It is also better for your health since you are not ingesting these chemicals that are not naturally occurring in nature itself.

6. How long are your showers?

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6. Short showers help conserve water. If you take longer showers, try turning the water off as you’re washing your hair when you don’t need it.

Earth Smart Quiz
“Army Green”: shades of green are in your future!
Your lifestyle could definitely use a green boost! While it could be your lack of recycling or apathy towards organic foods, don’t lose hope. Progress may be slow, but it starts with small changes. You still have time to change your habits and join the mass movement towards sustainability.
“Olive Green”: Green pigments have taken a hold in you!
You are aware of the steps to take in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but sometimes it can get overwhelming with all the other important decisions in life. Try to go that extra mile every once in a while by finally buying those reusable grocery bags or supporting your local farmers’ market. That will give you more momentum in building your eco-friendly habits!
“Sea Green”: You’re Earth’s promising apprentice!
You are somewhat eco-friendly! Your personal habits are in place, but you haven’t taken the time to make a large-scale change. By creating habits that impact others’ environmental responsibility, you can have an even greater positive impact. For example, find an ethical brand you can buy your staple products at or start to localize as many purchases as possible. You’re almost there!
“Forest Green”: your lifestyle if full of lush, green habits. Of course you’re Earth Smart!
You are essentially one with Mother Earth! Being environmentally friendly is quintessential in everything that you do. As we should all be, you act as Earth’s guardian by being the cleanest, most efficient, and mindful you can be. Keep spreading the word of sustainability and look out for any new, ground-breaking ways to better our environment.

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