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How Green are you?

Check out your ‘green’ credentials, with our fun quiz. Answer these 27 easy questions and see how high you score. There’s plenty of ways we can all make a small impact to slow climate change. You may not agree with them all, so do the ones you feel are right for you. Together we can make change happen. Perhaps this will start ideas for you to make change in your own way.

Score more than 5? Well done, you’ve started something…

More than 10? Pretty good, you are well on the way, but still more to do!

More than 15? Brilliant! you are definitely trying to make a difference.

More than 20? OMG! You are awesome, keep it going.

#1. At home, have you switched to a green energy supplier?

Green energy is a term that’s used to refer to energy that comes from renewable sources. For electricity, this means wind, solar and hydro generation, as well as electricity produced from burning organic matter, which is a type of bioenergy. Electricity from renewable sources accounted for 47% of all the energy produced in the UK in the first three months of 2020, up from 36% a year earlier*. Read more here, it could save you money

#2. Have you changed your lightbulbs to low energy LEDs?

The biggest advantage of LED lights is that they are extremely energy efficient. LED bulbs use 90 per cent less energy compared to incandescent or halogen bulbs. Longer life: LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan as compared to traditional light bulbs.

Buy them from our local hardware stores!

#3. Have you looked at the new Green Homes Grant? make energy improvements to your home.

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home.

Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.

You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021 (this deadline maybe extended). Read more here.

#4. Out and about, are you biking and walking more?

Consider this, couch to 5k?

#5. Do you turn off your car whilst waiting to collect someone or your takeaway!

A simple turn of your key can keep the air cleaner and save you money and fuel. Every time you turn off your car engine in place of idling, you’ll:

  • Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution in your town or community. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.
  • Help the environment. An EDF report shows that in New York City alone, idling cars and trucks produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. To offset this amount of global warming pollution, we would need to plant an area the size of Manhattan with trees every single year.
  • Keep money in your wallet and save fuel. An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour.

#6. Do you own an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles are now on average £107 CHEAPER a year to own than petrol cars, analysis of lifetime running costs reveals, read more here.

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#7. Drinking water on the go, do you

In the UK 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, with the average person in the UK now using 150 plastic water bottles every year – that’s more than 3 a week. Many are discarded, and end up polluting our rivers and seas. Reuse a bottle.

#8. Do you participate in a local Terracycle scheme?

Despite COVID we’ve already managed to recycle over 30kgs of crisp packets since we launched in February, thank you.

Yeadons have now offered to collect a broader range of items for the Terracycle scheme, these will now include;

  • NEW (Sept20) all brands of empty, clean & dry baby food pouches, all brands of baby food pouch caps and all brands of baby food snack packets and porridge pouches.
  • NEW (Sept20) used, clean coffee pods; including Tassimo T discs (pods), L’Or capsules, Kenco foil refill packs

For the health and safety of all staff at Yeadons, please ensure all items handed in for recycling are;

  • Empty
  • Clean
  • Dry

Don’t forget Yeadons also collect used batteries, Brita water filters, flat crisp packets, pens, markers, toothpaste tubes/brushes and ecobricks.

#9. For household detergent, washing up liquid, handwash, shampoo do you

The average UK household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them . Therefore nearly half are not put in the recycling. This means that nationally, out of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being recycled.

Using refill shops such as local popup BostonSpaRefills on Facebook and others, means you’ll not be creating the plastic waste in the first place. And go one step further and make the switch to soap & shampoo bars instead of liquids in plastic bottles too.

#10. Do you recycle your glass bottles at a local glass bottle bank

The UK currently recycles around 50% of glass (like bottles and jars) and while this figure has doubled over the last five years it still lags behind other countries. For example, both Switzerland and Finland recycle more than 90% of their glass.

Glass is generally collected in bottle banks, find your nearrest by clicking here. However, there is still more we can all do, such as remembering to recycle our clear jars (pasta sauce jars and jam jars) which are often forgotten.

#11. What do you do with your plastic packaging?

Almost all UK local authorities offer collection facilities for plastic waste either through your household recycling collection or at recycling centres. Find out more here.

Our local plastic recyclers really value us cleaning our used plastic recycling because this prevents it going to landfill or incineration.

#12. Did you know black plastic packaging can't be recycled?

There is one type of packaging waste that seems to be causing confusion… Black Plastic! Can it be recycled?

When plastic packaging goes into the recycling it is sorted into different types of plastics which are then baled up ready for reprocessing. Near infra-red (NIR) technology is used to do this sorting. Black plastic is difficult for the NIR lasers to see and therefore it is generally not sorted for recycling. Read more here.

#13. Do you refuse single use plastic or seek sustainable alternatives?

Refuse and reuse your own hot cup or takeaway container.

Where you can’t, consider sustainable alternatives, for example Vegware’s compostable cups ‘made from plants not plastic’. Furthermore, with these types of products, in some areas of the UK, we can truly ‘close the loop’ and turn this waste back into compost, to start the cycle again. Find out more here.

#14. Do you donate to or buy from charity shops?

The secondhand economy of ‘preloved’ goods is bigger in Britain than in any other developed country, generating more than £700m in sales and helping high streets survive, so don’t forget all our local charity and hospice shops.

Consider repairing what you have & generally reduce buying new stuff in the first place.

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#15. In the garden, do you grow your own fruit and veg?

Either in your own garden, a friends or down the allotment, growing your own vegetables is rewarding, healthy and fun. But it can be daunting knowing how and where to start. Should you start with beans or onions? Courgettes or asparagus? So, it’s best to grow crops that require little maintenance, are ready to harvest within a short time, and suffer few pests and diseases. These include crops like courgettes, beans, beetroot, rocket, radish, chillies and potatoes. Read more here.

#16. Do you compost your kitchen waste?

Try to reduce the amount of food waste you create; eg. use up those leftovers from the week as pizza toppings! Then close the loop on food waste with your own home compost.

Compost really is the gift that keeps on giving. Reduce your household’s food waste by turning your discarded scraps into the kind of ‘black gold’ we like. Homegrown compost will enrich your garden’s soil, hopefully feeding a fruit and veg patch whose scraps can go back into your compost bin – closing your own little loop. And by adding garden waste to your compost heap, eschewing the council collection scheme and avoiding shop-bought compost – you’ll even be reducing your carbon footprint. Read more here.

#17. Do you leave an area in your garden to grow wild?

Go a step further and grow a wildflower meadow, creating a lively feeding and nesting ground for insects, birds and small animals.

The majestic flowers and grasses, bursting with colour, will be an attractive feature in your garden.

Our countryside was once full of meadows bursting with a gorgeous variety of flowering plants, supporting butterflies, insects, farmland birds and other wildlife.

But since the 1930s, we have lost over 99% of what are called ‘unimproved grasslands’, and those that are left are fragmented. However, you can create something of the same feel in your own garden. Read more here.

#18. Do you collect rainwater to water your garden?

Here’s just a few reasons why buying a water butt is a wise move which you are unlikely to ever regret.

  • They are very easy to set up and suitable for nearly all gardens – no significant requirements other than a level ground surface and downpipe from your roof, to which you attach a downpipe connector hose which runs to the butt.
  • Gives you a ready supply of water for all your gardening needs, even when the occasional hose pipe ban is in place due to summer drought.
  • Make savings on your bills if you use a water meter in your home which is set to charge you for the amount of water you use.
  • Harvesting rainwater reduces runoff, and therefore plays a part in reducing the pressure on overtaxed storm sewers. Reduced runoff reduces the amount of fertilizer, chemicals, and other substances being washed into the waterways too.

#19. Have you a pond, opened a hedgehog highway or put up bird feeders/boxes or bat boxes?

Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through our parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans. Find out more here.

Furthermore, a pond is an attractive feature in any garden and, with a little thought about its design and construction, can also be a haven for wildlife (remember to leave a ramp for any hedgehogs to get out if they take a dip!). During the past century, nearly 70 percent of ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning garden ponds and water features play an increasingly important role for wildlife, read more here.

Lastly, want to know more about bird boxes, click here.

 

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#20. In the kitchen, do you use reusable containers when buying meat, produce, cereals?

Bit of a harder one this, to try and remember to take the containers in the first place hey?! However, here are some benefits;

  • Reduces the amount of packaging waste I am putting in to my landfill and recycling bins.
  • Less packaging means less CO2 emissions from creating it and transporting it.
  • Saving me money, only buying what I need.
  • Cutting down food waste, less leftover bits of packets to be forgotten.
  • Supporting my local economy.
  • I have got to know the people who work in my favourite shops. This I feel connects me to my community. It’s easy for them to remember me with my own bags, jars, boxes and bottles

Read how one family are doing this here.

#21. Try to eat 1 less meal of red meat a week.

Quite simple and loads of tasty alternatives out there.

But why do we need to do this? read this really good article from the BBC, click here to find out more.

#22. Do you use a local milkman and reusable glass milk bottles

Again reduces the amount of plastic packaging you create (which then has to be recycled, using virgin plastic!). As we’ve seen too glass can be endlessly recycled.

Its really convenient to, delivered to your doorstep.

#23. Have you tried sustainable alternatives to milk?

Here’s a long read!  There’s loads of alternatives out there to try if this is your thing.

#24. Do you regularly buy local and when in season

You’re saving on food miles too. Avoid buying ‘fragile’, short shelf life fruit and vegetables out of season (like berries), which will be air freighted from warmer climates like South America (check the label on the plastic packet!).

Wait till they come back into season here in the UK (or even Europe, which has a longer growing season and air freighting may not be involved)

#25. At home, have you opted out of junk mail?

How many trees have to be cut down to fill the demand for the millions of junk leaflets put through every door each week? Around 12-16 trees are required for a tonne of junk mail production, this means that with an average of 550,000 tonnes sent out each year in the UK, over 7.7m trees are wasted!

Don’t know how to do it, click here to read more.

#26. Have you switched to a greener bank/pension scheme?

Quite a difficult one to get your head around but at least start asking questions, because this is evolving all the time, read more here.

#27. Participated in Giki earth? a brand new step by step guide to a lighter footprint on the planet.

If this quiz has got you thinking about what all the little things you can do to slow climate change, then Giki.earth gives your hundreds more ideas to reduce your carbon footprint further, try it by clicking here, its fun.

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Results

Great you are Greener than most, keep going 🙂

Thank you for taking part, it seems you could do with looking to improve your Greenness 🙂

Hopefully we’ve given you some ideas as you’ve completed our quiz. Perhaps try 1 or 2 and come back and do the quiz in 6months

Come back and do this again in 6 months and see if you’ve made some changes and improved your score. Dare to share your results.

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