A Down to Earth Day Quiz

You want to buy products that are good for the environment. But is grabbing the tree-covered package the way to do it? Take this quiz to test your “green” smarts:

  1. A product says it’s biodegradable. That should mean:
    1. it will completely break down in a landfill within five years
    2. it will completely break down in a landfill within 10 years
    3. it won’t be headed for a landfill
  1. A package says it’s recyclable. That means:
    1. everyone can recycle it
    2. you may or may not be able to recycle it
    3. it’s made of recycled materials
  1. You see a picture of a globe with the words "Earth Smart" on a product. That means:
    1. it’s good for the environment, so you’re good to go
    2. it has no environmental impact
    3. nothing, unless the package tells you more


  1. c. it won’t be headed for a landfill. Even paper and food could take decades to decompose in landfills, which are designed to shut out sunlight, air, and moisture. A company shouldn’t say a product is degradable if the product is headed for a landfill, incinerator, or recycling center.
  1. b. you may or may not be able to recycle it. A company can say a product is recyclable or use the universal recycling symbol if most people who buy it can recycle it. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to recycle it where you live. Check with your city or county government.
  1. c. nothing, unless the package tells you more about why the product is good for the environment. Seals or certifications can be useful, but only if they’re backed up by solid standards and give you enough information to understand what they mean. A package also should tell you about any connections the company has to the organization behind the seal, if a connection might influence your opinion about it.

Want to know more? Read Shopping “Green” or visit ftc.gov/green.

Blog Topic: 
Your Home

Leave a Comment

Commenting Policy

Este es un blog moderado; revisamos todos los comentarios antes de publicarlos. Esperamos que los participantes se traten respetuosamente entre sí y que traten con respeto a los demás bloggers. No publicaremos los comentarios que no cumplan con nuestra política de comentarios. Si un comentario incluye un enlace a un sitio comercial, quitaremos el enlace y publicaremos el comentario. Sólo editaremos los comentarios para quitar los enlaces comerciales.

No publicaremos:

  • spam ni cometarios no relacionados con el tema del blog
  • comentarios que contengan lenguaje vulgar, ataques personales o términos ofensivos dirigidos contra grupos específicos
  • ofrecimientos de venta o promociones
  • comentarios que contengan información que sea obviamente engañosa o falsa
  • comentarios que contengan información personal, como por ejemplo, domicilios privados

Los comentarios enviados a este blog se convierten en material de dominio público. Para proteger su privacidad y la de las demás personas, por favor no incluya información personal. No use este blog para reportar el fraude. Si desea puede presentar una queja. Si tiene preguntas sobre la política aplicable a los comentarios, por favor contáctenos.

Read Our Privacy Act Statement

It is your choice whether to submit a comment. If you do, you must create a
user name, or we will not post your comment. The Federal Trade Commission Act
authorizes this information collection for purposes of managing online
comments. Comments and user names are part of the Federal Trade Commission’s
(FTC) public records system, and user names also are part of the FTC’s computer
user records system. We may routinely use these records as described in the
FTC’s Privacy Act system notices. For more information on how the FTC handles
information that we collect, please read our privacy policy.