IT’S one thing offsetting carbon emissions for your annual holiday, but there’s lots you can do in your daily life to help the environment.
Take our short quiz to find out how green you are. Be honest!
1. How do you usually get to work?
a) By car
b) On public transport
c) I walk or cycle
2. Once you’re at work, how do you make your morning coffee?
a) I empty the kettle then fill it right to the top. I like fresh water for my exotic coffee
b) I use whatever water’s there and whatever’s in the cupboard
c) I boil the exact amount of water I need and make a Fair Trade coffee
3. What, if anything, do you recycle?
a) Nothing, I’m too busy so everything goes in the bin
b) Brochures and printer paper
c) Everything I can
4. You go shopping in your lunch break. What do you buy?
a) Tropical fruit from far-flung places
b) A mixture of British meats and continental vegetables
c) Seasonal produce bought at my local farm shop
5. When you leave the office at the end of the day do you:
a) Keep the lights on all night so people can see the window displays
b) Switch the lights off and leave the computers on stand-by
c) Turn off the energy-saving light bulbs and switch everthing else off at the plug
Mainly a: you are clearly taking the world around you for granted. If you need some convincing in order to change your ways then take a trip to your nearest land-fill site. Just don’t go by car
Mainly b: you are aware of the basic principles of a green lifestyle but a few small adjustments could make all the difference. Try separating out your recycling, avoiding packaged food or just turning the TV off properly instead of leaving it on stand-by
Mainly c: people like you are an example to the rest of us. Try telling your colleagues how easy it is to live a greener life, and bring them in some seasonal farm produce to prove it