DC Ethical Consumer Quiz

Posted by Peter MUIR

As a part of ethical consumer week, the student organising committee held a quiz.  Here are the answers:

What percentage of Hong Kong’s garbage is food waste?
40% – Food waste accounts for almost 40 percent of Hong Kong’s municipal solid rubbish. This adds to the landfill crisis, which must one day hit breaking point. Source

In 2010, Hong Kong imported how many tonnes of frozen pork?
120,000 – 140,000 – 130 298 tonnes from Brazil (32%) Mainland (49%) USA (6%) Germany (2%) – Source

According to a survey of landfill rubbish, how many plastic bags would each Hong Kong person use every day? (From the total estimated number of plastic bags used divided by Hong Kong’s population).  More than 3 – landfill survey indicates that some eight billion plastic shopping bags are disposed of at landfills every year. This translates into more than three plastic shopping bags per person per day, which apparently go beyond our needs. done in 2012?  Source

What percentage of Hong Kong’s total food supply is imported?
90% of the total food supply in Hong Kong is imported food. The Mainland is our most important food source, especially for fresh food. Source

How many plastic water bottles are used by school children in Hong Kong each year?
20 million – An estimated 20 million plastic water bottles – equivalent to 16 football fields – are dumped by local schoolchildren each year. That’s the finding of a Chinese YMCA survey involving 1,883 Primary Four to Secondary Three students from April 1 to May 15 2012.  Source

What is a food mile?
The distance food travels from where it was grown or raised to where it is purchased

Which is the most effective way to reduce the environmental impact of your shopping?
Buy less meat – source

A sweatshop is:
A factory where workers are exploited by low wages, long hours, and unsafe working conditions

“Fair trade” is:
A trade system that ensures farmers in poor countries can compete in global markets

Critics of marketing products as ‘green’ refer to this practice by this term:
Greenwashing – Source