Zero waste quiz

Are you a tosser? Take our quiz and find out how zero-waste you are!

Those who follow me will know I’ve been doing a lot of work to become more zero-waste lately. To celebrate my achievements I have created this little quiz so you can find out how much of a tosser you really are. Are you a trier? A doer or a zero? Remember, trash is for tossers! 

Zero waste means:

You go shopping without your reusable shopping bag. Do you:

When you see the words "not currently recyclable", you:

An ecobrick is:

When it comes to clothing, you:

What is more important to you?

When it comes to shampoo, you:

You couldn't sleep one night because:

At the supermarket, you:

When you give a gift, you:

When you run into friends, you steer the conversion towards:

When someone says the word "plastic", you:

When it comes to composting, you:

When it comes to dental hygiene, you :

When it comes to home cleaning, you:

When it comes to nappies/baby wipes etc, you :

When it comes to toys, you:

Which of the following things contain plastic?

Are you a tosser?
Looks like you might be a TOSSER
You seem brand new to the idea that throwing stuff away is something you should think more about. Don't worry, we were all tossers once. But it's time to wake up and smell the plastic. There is no way you have not seen the recent media interest in the impact that plastic is having on our planet and those who inhabit it.you may be doing a few things here and their but it's not consistent. The good news is that as it turns out, there is no need to be a tosser anymore! You can totally replace your single-use items with reusable alternatives, it just takes a little research and effort but once you get started you will find its actually pretty easy and in many cases, it will also save you money. You should also up your game when it comes to recycling. Yes, recycling is not the be-all-and-end-all but its a reasonable place to start. Check out my zero waste blog posts and my pinterest board for inspiration of how you can change your ways and get closer to the cool people (ps, they are the ones who take this stuff seriously and make changes to their habits for the good of everyone). PS, In case you didn't know: wet wipes, light bulbs, crisp packets, paper cups without lids and teabags ALL CONTAIN PLASTIC. These are what can be described as "hidden plastics" and they are far more prevalent than you might think. And a cotton t-shirt takes almost 3000 gallons of water to make! Scroll down for more info and to find out what else you can do to be zero waste.
No, you're a TRIER
Did you ever get a school report that said "could try harder?" You are trying quite hard and you are doing OK at this zero waste stuff, but there is still a way to go. Don't just recycle when it suits you, and do start learning what you can recycle locally - yep that means figuring out what the symbols on the plastic you are throwing away mean and what you can do with them. You're interested in being more zero waste and that's a great thing - so don't just talk about it, do it. A great way to start realising how much you can change is by taking a quick scan around your house to work out what your most common everyday plastic-based things are. You'll find them everywhere from the bathroom to the kitchen. These are the items with a short shelf life e.g. shampoo in plastic bottles, toothbrushes, nylon floss, food packaging, disposable nappies etc. Find out how you can replace these things with more eco-friendly alternatives - it's not as hard as you might think. If you have a baby, you can make many changes straight away, such as reducing plastic toy-choices, using fewer nappies by helping your baby use a potty sometimes and/or potty training as soon as your child is capable (from 18 months). You can also consider glass baby milk bottles, steel sippy cups and buying their clothes second hand (yours too). You're not doing things wrong exactly, and you're not being wasteful on purpose. You do care about things and you want to make a difference. The good news is that there is plenty of resources now to help you do this, e.g. my blog and Pinterest board, Little Bunny Bear on Facebook, the Ecobricks website (www.ecobricks.org) and more. Once you really start taking this stuff seriously, you will find it's not hard to stay motivated and make some real changes in your life. Who knows, you may even just save the world one day! PS, In case you didn't know: wet wipes, light bulbs, crisp packets, paper cups without lids and teabags ALL CONTAIN PLASTIC. These are what can be described as "hidden plastics" and they are far more prevalent than you might think. And, a cotton t-shirt takes almost 3000 gallons of water to make! Scroll down for more info and to find out what else you can do to be zero waste.
No, you're a DOER
You're already doing a lot and taking a lot of action to be zero waste. These days, this is where a lot of people are at but the world needs more people like you in it. You are pretty good at recycling, you have actively taken steps to reduce the things you use to become less wasteful. Heck, you may have even been known to dabble in a little home-made soap. Right now, the world is listening to people like you and it is ready to be inspired by you. So keep up your doing-good-ways. If you have kids, you probably already have non-plastic sippy cups, cloth nappies and natural changing mats/bed protectors etc. Otherwise, if not, baby and child care is one of the areas you can really go to town on to be zero waste - there are some great options for toys as well. Start making your own hand soap if you're not already, and also your own cleaning stuff. You will find both are cheap and highly effective (and you can see recipes on my Pinterest Board if you need inspiration). If you are not already eco-bricking, you should look into this as it will really help up your game where plastic is concerned (www.ecobricks.org). Consider your clothing too - is this something you could be more zero-waste about? You may know that cotton is a major source of environmental damage, so find way to source this responsibly if you use it. Wear things for longer - who cares if they look a little scruffy when you're at home? Try not to wash things so often either as every time you wash, unless your clothes are made from totally natural fabrics (no polyester, acrylic, elastane etc), they will shed micro plastics into the water. Easier said than done but try and choose things you can use and wear things for longer - being on trend in your home, clothing and image etc is not as important as making good choices for the planet. What will happen to the things you just bought when you re done with it? Can it be recycled/repurposed/reused/donated? If not, do you really need it? With Christmas around the corner, you could also think about how you might be able to influence others in their choices by leading with way with zero-free gifts to inspire them. You can also take things to the next level with a little more social activism - think about how you can influence higher up the food chain, such as putting pressure on MPs and retailers to help drive change. PS, In case you didn't know: wet wipes, light bulbs, crisp packets, paper cups without lids and teabags ALL CONTAIN PLASTIC. These are what can be described as "hidden plastics" and they are far more prevalent than you might think. And cotton t-shirts? Each one takes around 3000 gallons of water to make! Scroll down for more info and to find out what else you can do to be zero waste.
No, you're ZERO! Congratulations - you won the quiz!
You're so zero waste you are practically invisible. You're down with the kids on this one, nice work. Black bin? You probably don't own one anymore. Everything is composted, recycled or ecobricked. You shop local, take your own produce bags, you're best mates with the zero waste brigade online and around town. You make your own stuff whenever you can, from hand soap, to shampoo and cleaning products. What you can't make you source ethically to support others like you. You're so awesome that your kids are probably ecobricking right now whilst you are online to your MP organising the next zero waste rally. You're not scared of plastic anymore and you understand that it has it's place. You know that zero waste is so much more than eliminating plastic and is really about taking responsibility for what we use and what happens to that afterwards. You bore your friends to tears with tales of your zero waste habits. Keep going to inspire others - it's time everyone got with you on this and good for you, you're not afraid to speak out on such matters. If they are not already, people will soon come to you for ideas as they wake up to what they can be doing to be more like you. PS, In case you didn't know: wet wipes, light bulbs, crisp packets, paper cups without lids and teabags ALL CONTAIN PLASTIC. These are what can be described as "hidden plastics" and they are far more prevalent than you might think. And a cotton t-shirt? Thats around 3000 gallons of water to make! Scroll down for more info and to find out what else you can do to be zero waste.

What did we learn about being zero-waste?

  1. Reduce or eliminate plastic consumption, especially of single-use items.
  2. Replace everyday plastic items with eco-friendly alternatives and dispose of your used plastic products responsibly.
  3. Start making ecobricks with the non-recyclable plastics you use – check out www.ecobricks.org for everything you need to know about them.
  4. Raise awareness of alternative choices to your friends and family (and anyone else who will listen!)
  5. Exert your power as a consumer – you will be surprised how much power you have.
  6. Recognise that recycling is only a part of the solution and does not always represent effective waste management.
  7. Look beyond plastic to see your waste holistically, going zero-waste is much more than focusing on plastics – it’s about taking responsibility for what you use and consume.

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2 thoughts on “Are you a tosser? Take our quiz and find out how zero-waste you are!

  1. Lucie says:

    Love the quiz very funny 🙂 but ecobricks is one word, and remeber plastic can only be downcycled. Love The Watercress Queen

    • littlebunnybear says:

      Thank you Lucie and oops on the ecobricks! I will correct that. When you say about plastic – it can be used for other things – is this not up-cycling? E.g. I have a spray bottle which used to have conditioner in it and I use it to put my homemade spray vinegar cleaner in it. To me, this is an example of up-cycling plastic to avoid it going to landfill. Perhaps it’s better described as re-use or repurposing? I get that recycling is essentially a false economy so to me, re-using/repurposing plastic things into other useful things is better. What do you think?

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