Plastic quiz

November 29, 2021
November 29, 2021 kstearns



Q1:  How many states in the US have a bottle deposit?

  1. 50
  2. 30
  3. 25
  4. 10

Correct answer:  10


Q2:  How many plastic water bottles are used in the US every day? (not sure about this question)

A:  60-70 million plastic bottles

More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day. Six times as many plastic water bottles were thrown away in the US in 2004 as in 1997.



Q3:  When/what year does the European Union’s single use plastic ban go into effect?

A:  2025

B:  2030

C: 2035

D: 2040

Correct answer:  2030


Q4:  Which organization has been running the International Coastal Cleanup since 1986?

A:  Ocean Conservancy

  1. The Nature Conservancy
  2. Conservation International
  3. GreenWorks

Correct answer:  Ocean Conservancy


Q5:  What artist makes collages replicating famous art pieces out of trash items?

A:  Chris Jordan



Q6: What percentage of plastics end up in the ocean, landfill or environment?   (need to separate these categories)

  • 25%
  • 55%
  • 78%
  • 91%

Correct answer: 91%


Q7: How often should you wash your reusable shopping bag?

  1.  When it looks dirty.     
  2.  After each use.
  3.  Monthly.
  4.  Annually

Correct answer: After each use.


Q8:  What is glitter made of?

A:  Plastic


Q9: To make a t-shirt bag, you need a t-shirt and:

  1. Scissors, a pattern, a tape measure, pins, a sewing machine
  2. Scissors, a sewing machine
  3. Scissors

Answer: C


Q10: You can decorate a t-shirt bag using:

  1. Permanent markers/Sharpies
  2. Tie-Dye techniques
  3. Fabric Paints
  4. All of the above

Answer: D


Q11: T-shirt bags are great because you can:

  1. Use them one time then toss in the recycling
  2. Wash and use them again and again
  3. Wear them as pants

Answer: B


Q12:  Which plastics are not recycleable?

  1. Two-liter coke bottles
  2. Sunglass lenses

Answer = sunglass lenses


Q13:  Where do I get a drying rack for the plastic food storage bags I have washed for reuse? 

  1. Pinterest
  2. Etsy
  3. Your own ingenious solution
  4. All of the above

Answer = D


Q14: Soap nuts are not actually nuts.  They are a type of:

  1. insect shell
  2. berry
  3. hemp product
  4. plastic

Answer = berry


Q15: Soap nuts:

  1. grow only in China
  2. should be avoided if you have eczema or psoriasis
  3. can be used as a mosquito repellant

Answer: can be used as a mosquito repellant


Q16: The cost of using soap nuts for laundry is about:

  1. 5 cents per load
  2. 10 cents per load
  3. 25 cents per load

Answer:  5 cents per load


Q17: A simple natural deodorant is: 

  1. Himalayan salt
  2. kale juice
  3. green tea

Answer:  Himalayan salt



Unused questions


  1. How large are “microplastics”?
  1. 5 nanometers
  2. Less than 5 millimeters long
  3. 6-10 millimeters 
  4. Over 10 millimeters


How many plastic beads (microplastics) are found in a tube of facewash?


  1. What kinds of damage can microplastics cause to aquatic organisms?


A: They can cause inflammation by rubbing up against internal organs, and in some cases, they can even pass into the bloodstream or other organs. Persistent organic pollutants can adsorb to pieces of plastic and desorb within organisms, storing in their fatty tissues.


  1. Where is the name of the ocean’s largest concentration of plastic?


A: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.



  1. What is bioaccumulation?


A: The accumulation of substances (typically chemicals) within organisms throughout the food chain. Bioaccumulation occurs when a substance is able to build up inside of an organism faster than it can be excreted.



From the children’s book review:  Join the No-Plastic Challenge by Scot Ritchie


  1. What is the correct answer when offered straws at restaurants? A. No thank you
  2. What are the 3 Rs?  A. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  3. What are 2 things that reducing plastics can help protect?  A. Wildlife and Food Sources


From May 4, Plastic Bag Ban Post:


  1. About how many municipalities had passed bag bans as of January 1st, 2020?
  1. 10
  2. 2,000
  3. 500
  4. 45

Correct: C


  1. What Industry Association is responsible for spreading information about the unhygienic nature of reusable bags?
  1. Plastic Industry Association
  2. Consumer Services Association
  3. Model Communities Association
  4. World Educational Association

Correct: A


  1. True or False: single-use plastics 100% sterile and unable to harbor any diseases on their surfaces.
  1. True
  2. False

Correct: B


May 11, Bottle Bill Post:

  1. Which of the following states have enacted Bottle Bill legislation?
  1. Iowa
  2. North Carolina
  3. Texas
  4. Wyoming

Correct: A


  1. Where do Bottle Bills place the burden of packaging waste disposal?
  1. Taxpayers
  2. Consumers and Producers
  3. Governments
  4. All of the Above

Correct: B


  1. True or False: Bottle Bills have been shown to increase overall recycling participation.
  1. True
  2. False

Correct: A


May 18, Homemade Masks

  1. Where should you wear a mask to protect against the spread of diseases?
  1. In gas stations
  2. In heavily trafficked areas
  3. In grocery stores
  4. All of the Above

Correct: D


  1. True or False: You need a sewing machine to make a mask at home.
  1. True
  2. False

Correct: B


  1. How many steps does it take to make a mask from an old T-shirt?
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Correct: C


Alternative plastics



  1. Where can you compost a corn-based bioplastic cup?
  1. Backyard compost
  2. Recycling Bin
  3. You can’t
  4. Commercial composting facility


  1. What are #7 plastics?  Are they recyclable?  (NO)

This is the “other” category.


  1. What is something you could use instead of shrink wrap or plastic bags?
  1. Beeswax wrap
  2. Metal container
  3. Glass container
  4. All of the above
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