How green is your closet? Take the quiz.
Are you trying to green up your life? One area that might be easy to overlook is where you stash your stuff. Have you considered your closets? Take this quiz to see what you know about eco-friendly closets.start quiz
Question 1 of 20
Materials for organic clothing are NOT ________.
... All of the above. Plants used in organic clothing manufacture are grown to function cooperatively with nature and minimize air, water and land pollution.
Question 2 of 20
The Organic Consumers Association reported that from 2005 to 2006 interest in organic cotton clothing increased _________.
... Demands for organic clothing doubled in just one year. The organic cotton clothing market is growing faster than the market for organic foods.
Question 3 of 20
If your clothing cannot be washed in a washing machine or by hand, which is a green alternative for cleaning it?
... DF-2000 is a hydrocarbon solvent that is hazardous to the environment. PERC is a petroleum-based solvent. Exposure to it has been linked with kidney and liver problems, as well as cancer. Liquid carbon dioxide, however, can be used as a non-toxic solvent. Since it's not produced solely for this purpose, it doesn't add to the greenhouse effect.
Question 4 of 20
The success of another alternative to dry-cleaning, "wet cleaning," depends on knowing the _________.
... By identifying the stain and knowing its pH level (acid or base), the cleaners can choose the appropriate technique for eliminating the mark. Wet cleaning can remove 70 percent of stains with just water. The remaining stains, usually oil-based, are pre-treated with green solutions before cleaning.
Question 5 of 20
Which of the following has been scientifically shown to be a benefit of organic clothing?
... Although some companies claim that there are personal health benefits from organic clothing, the only proven advantage is reduced environmental toxicity due to a lack of chemical fertilizers.
Question 6 of 20
Worldwide, non-organic cotton crops use _______ percent of all insecticides deployed.
... Cotton uses about 25 percent of all farm insecticides, as well as 10 percent of other pesticides. In the U.S., cotton is the third-most pesticide-dependent crop.
Question 7 of 20
Clothing hangers made from recycled materials such as paper and bamboo are becoming more popular. According to the Organic Consumers Association, how many plastic and wire hangers end up in landfills annually throughout the world?
... About 8 billion hangers end up in the trash each year. Many are the flimsy wire or plastic hangers from dry cleaners or clothing stores.
Question 8 of 20
"Sustainable" clothing can be made from _________.
... Sustainable clothing materials are made from non-fabric renewable resources such as bamboo, soy and even recycled plastic bottles. They can also be made from wood pulp.
Question 9 of 20
Which of the following is NOT a reason some people don't consider silk to be a very green clothing fabric?
... Silk is a natural fiber, and, therefore, is biodegradable, so critics don't fault it on that score. However, after the raw silk is washed, chemicals are often added. In fact, few silks are labeled "organic." Additionally, for most consumers, silk can't be considered local since it primarily comes from only one part of the world.
Question 10 of 20
About how much clothing does the average American throw away annually?
... Instead of recycling or re-purposing, the average American tosses out nearly 70 pounds of clothes each year.
Question 11 of 20
Because shoe polish can be toxic, _____ peels are recommended as a natural alternative.
... Shoe polish can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. In some cities, such as Los Angeles, it cannot even be disposed of with the normal garbage. The oils and potassium on the inside of a banana peel can clean, polish and protect shoes.
Question 12 of 20
One problem with using bamboo for fabric is that it _________.
... In some areas of the world, natural forests are being destroyed and replaced with bamboo plantations. Harvesting is not always done in environmentally-friendly ways, since there is sometimes little regulation.
Question 13 of 20
In addition to being potentially toxic, moth balls should not be kept in a closet because ________.
... The fumes from moth balls are dangerous to moths (and others). In order to kill moths, the clothing and moth balls must be in a closed and sealed container so moths get the full effect of the toxic gas emitted.
Question 14 of 20
Paint with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are better for your closet. The toxic VOCs are primarily found in which components of paint?
... Solvents in oil-based paints tend to have the most potentially harmful ingredients, such as formaldehyde, toluene and white spirit. Latex paints contain fewer VOCs.
Question 15 of 20
One green alternative for closet cabinets is _______ wood from Germany, which regulates its forests to ensure sustainability.
... Beech trees dominate forests in many parts of Germany. The harvesting of German forests is balanced by an emphasis on natural processes (avoiding pesticides and fertilizers) and natural ecosystems (including game animals).
Question 16 of 20
If you need your closet lit, low-voltage lighting fixtures can reduce voltage of a standard outlet from 110 volts to ______ volts.
... At 12 volts, low-voltage lighting can still provide enough illumination for you to find your clothes.
Question 17 of 20
Recycling clothing for reuse is a green alternative to just throwing clothes away. Which method of recycling is most often used?
... The majority of used clothing is re-purposed through charities such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries. This method can also provide tax deductions.
Question 18 of 20
Which designer has created vegan footwear?
... Stella McCartney's entire fashion line, clothing and footwear, are sustainable and vegan.
Question 19 of 20
OAT Shoes makes biodegradable sneakers that will do which of the following if you bury them when they've worn out:
... The tongue of the sneaker has a wildflower seed sheet inside a pocket. Once buried, the seeds will bloom quickly.
Question 20 of 20
PET carpeting is made entirely from recycled polyethylene terephthalate bottles. When the carpet wears out, it can be recycled into _______.
... PET carpeting can be given new life as insulation. It could also be used as furniture stuffing. Two such brands are Resistron and Permalon.
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