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Casa Verde: Consumer Consequences

We've all heard a lot about sustainability, carbon footprints, and greening our lifestyles, but have you ever actually calculated how many resources your lifestyle requires? If you're curious, do as I did and play Consumer Consequences. This easy-to-use, fun platform seems more like a game than a survey, and at the end you'll know how many planets would be needed to support your habits. In my case it was 2.1 — which is a lot, but still a lot lower than the American average!

After you play the game, let me know what your results were by commenting below, and also leave suggestions about how you might change your habits to reduce your score. My biggest offenses seem to be diet-related: I eat meat, drink coffee daily, and drink wine nightly. Oh boy — I don't know if I can compromise much on those last two.

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baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I got a 3.6 Unfortunately the house I rent is not energy efficient but I can't afford to move right now so I lost some points there. The other place was of course- diet- I got a 7. It would have been higher but I don't eat a lot of grains.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
2.6, but for some of it I feel I don't have a choice. In Texas, we have to spend more on energy and you have to have a car. I would love to rely on mass transit, but where I live, it's just not an option.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I was doing pretty awesome until I got to diet which I scored a 9. yikes! everything else was below average, I think the highest I scored otherwise was 3 for shopping because I looove to shop. Overall I ended up with a 3.4 because of the diet, which I never would have thought was impacting the environment *that* much.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i got 1.3. using other, more complex calculations, i usually get lower because of my vegan, mostly organic and local diet and i don't own a car. i do drink a cup of coffee a day, though. i live in a basement suite of a small house, which this survey/game doesn't take into consideration. i am going to not travel much this year. i will just go to the next province, an hour away by plane and also take the greyhound to my friend's place on Mara Lake.
piesecki piesecki 9 years
My major problem was diet as well! I was rated 0 or 1 for all other sections and a ridiculous *NINE* for food and diet! Apparently admitting to 21 cups of coffee a week is not good...
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