WWF's Consumer Habit Questionnaire


The Consumer Habit Questionnaire is WWF’s tool especially for office environment. Everyone can measure the eco-friendliness of his or her habits by answering the questionnaire. After filling in the Consumer Habit Questionnaire, the users will see their total score and immediately receive feedback on five different sectors.


Energy Saving

1 My computer's energy saving features have been activated
2 I always turn off computer monitor when it is not used
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Electric appliances always consume some power on stand-by mode. The screen should be turned off every time you leave the computer for at least ten minutes. Shut down the screen every time you leave the office.

 

3 I always turn off lights when I leave the room (office, kitchen, toilet, storage...)
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Remember the ten-minute rule: When you leave the space for at least ten minutes, turn off the lights.

4 I do not leave electronic devices of the office in stand by position, but always turn off the main switch
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Electronic appliances consume energy even on stand-by mode, by keeping an indicator light on. The easiest way to shut down all equipment of work station is to purchase extension cords equipped with a power switch.

5 Air circulates freely in front of the radiators and ventilation traps at my work spot
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Move all the furniture and other objects away from the radiators and vents to make the heating and air conditioning more efficient.

 


Paper Saving

6 I avoid unnecessary printing (e.g. I read documents from computer screen and use electronical archive)
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Almost all communication, finances, billing and archiving can be managed electronically. Electronic data management makes information processing more efficient and saves time.

7 When I print, I use double-sided printing and utilise paper space
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Paper consumption can be decreased by modifying your printer settings. Making double-sided printing your default setting and printing several pages on one sheet are easy ways to decrease paper consumption.


Waste & Recycling

8 I sort out garbage in the office
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Mixed waste (unsorted waste) goes to incineration or to landfills and cannot be utilised as material.

 

9 I deliver hazardous waste into the according waste unit
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Items such as batteries, fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs are hazardous waste.

10 I deliver waste from electric and electronic devices (WEEE) to appropriate waste collection at work
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All electronic devices, e.g. screens, computers and TVs, are electric and electronic waste (WEEE waste).

 

11 At my office we use disposable dishes
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Waste legislation requires consumers to reduce the amount of waste. Giving up the use of disposable dishes reduces the amount of waste generated at the office and leads to cost savings.


Travelling

12 Instead of business trips I use internet-, phone- or video conferences
13 When I travel on business trips I mainly use:
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Compensate the emissions of all air travel. WWF recommends using Gold Standard-certified compensation projects.

14 Mostly I travel between office and home:
15 I travel to work mostly during rush-hour
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Driving during rush hours generates many times more emissions than driving outside rush hours. Driving in a city is worse than driving on bigger roads because traffic lights and crossroads cause stops and accelerations even outside of rush hours and increase the consumption of petrol. Emissions caused by driving are directly related to petrol consumption.

16 When I drive I do it as economically as possible

Motivating colleagues

17 I encourage colleagues to environmentally friendly procedures
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In matters of the environment even the small things count, e.g. showing a good example and encouraging others. Working together makes small things grow bigger at the office and home, too!


Respondent information

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