Green Holiday Quiz

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How green are YOUR holidays? Take our quiz and find out. GNWT employees - please complete by December 15th in order to be eligible for a prize.


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  • 1. 
    Get creative! Wrap presents with old maps, children's artwork, and attractive dish towels or simply re-use last year’s wrapping paper. If every family in Canada wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save approximately enough paper to cover:    
    • A. 

      2,500 football fields

    • B. 

      25,000 football fields

    • C. 

      4,500 football fields

    • D. 

      45,000 football fields

  • 2. 
    Save energy by using LED lights! Though first discovered in 1907 by Briton H.J. Round, the first practical LED was developed in 1962 by:
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison

    • B. 

      Nick Holonyak

    • C. 

      William Murdoch

    • D. 

      David Melville

  • 3. 
    Reduce don’t just recycle! Don’t go over the top this Christmas. Choose gifts relevant to the individual - or practical gifts that serve a purpose, such as movie tickets or memberships: unlike these not-so-great holidays ideas seen in 2008. Which one was NOT a holiday offering in 2008?
    • A. 

      Wasabi Gumballs

    • B. 

      2009 Dog Poop Calendar

    • C. 

      Potty Putter

    • D. 

      Rattling hula-hoop

  • 4. 
    Batteries and Christmas go hand-in-hand: think toys, cell phones, tools, computers and other electronics! But please remember to recycle. Most rechargeable and disposable batteries contain toxic substances and should be disposed of properly. What toxin is NOT contained in recyclable batteries?    
    • A. 

      Mercury

    • B. 

      Cadmium

    • C. 

      Sulfuric acid

    • D. 

      Lead

  • 5. 
    Holiday meals generate lots of compostable waste.  Backyard compost bins are easy to use and make great gifts, or consider the gift of a collection bin for compostable items from the kitchen.  What holiday treat is not appropriate for a backyard composter?    
    • A. 

      Cranberry sauce

    • B. 

      Brussels sprouts

    • C. 

      Potato peelings

    • D. 

      SunChip bags

  • 6. 
    Digital holiday cards save paper and the letter carrier’s back! To celebrate Canada Post and the hard work they do, who developed the first Canadian postage stamp and when was it issued?
    • A. 

      Sir Sanford Fleming - 1851

    • B. 

      Moya Greene - 1875

    • C. 

      Sir John A. Macdonald - 1867

    • D. 

      Rowland Hill - 1835

  • 7. 
    Up-cycled materials are becoming more popular and more readily available to the average shopper! And they make great green gifts! Which of the following are up-cycled products?    
    • A. 

      Purses made from recycled seatbelts

    • B. 

      Scarves made from old sweaters

    • C. 

      Sneakers soled with old tire treads

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Second-hand and vintage stores are great places to go green for the holidays! Some communities have flea markets or second-hand stores or why not host a pre-Christmas goods exchange? Value Village is the world’s largest second-hand retailer. To date, the organisation has diverted more than how many pounds from landfills?    
    • A. 

      240-million pounds

    • B. 

      260-million pounds

    • C. 

      280-million pounds

    • D. 

      300-million pounds

  • 9. 
    Tree turmoil? A live Christmas tree has innumerable benefits: it’s a renewable resource; no PVC; less CO2 – especially if bought/cut locally; it is compostable; not too mention the advent of the living (read re-plantable) Christmas tree! What country is the biggest exporter of Christmas trees?                                                                         
    • A. 

      Norway

    • B. 

      Canada

    • C. 

      Sweden

    • D. 

      Finland

  • 10. 
    Northerners enjoy holiday travel whether to escape the cold or visit friends and family afar. However, each flight we take produces carbon dioxide. To combat this, a number of airlines now give travellers the option to offset their airborne carbon footprint. How much does it cost to offset a flight from Yellowknife to Kingston, Jamaica?    
    • A. 

      $11.52

    • B. 

      $20.09

    • C. 

      $38.93

    • D. 

      $44.32

  • 11. 
    Give a gift that gives twice by donating to charity. If there's a group that the person you're buying for really loves, donate some money to it on their behalf. For instance, you can adopt a grizzly bear, cougar or owl through the Land Conservancy of British Columbia. How much does an ‘adoption’ cost:    
    • A. 

      $40

    • B. 

      $50

    • C. 

      $75

    • D. 

      $100

  • 12. 
    Why were LEDs impractical as a light source until 1962?    
    • A. 

      They didn't work

    • B. 

      They emitted infra-red light

    • C. 

      They use a different voltage than regular lights

    • D. 

      The materials used were too expensive

  • 13. 
    When fluorescent light bulbs burn out which of the following is true?    
    • A. 

      they no longer use power

    • B. 

      They don't emit visible light

    • C. 

      The base is burnt out

    • D. 

      They make great tanning lights

  • 14.