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By Jon Zajac

As someone who is passionate about sustainability, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate eco-friendly practices and values into my events. One fun and engaging way to do this is by using sustainability-themed “This or That” icebreaker questions. By asking questions that relate to sustainable living, environmental awareness, and social responsibility, you can encourage your guests to think critically about their own impact on the planet and inspire them to make positive changes in their lives.

How to incorporate Sustainability themed This or That questions

To incorporate sustainability-themed “This or That” questions into your event, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a list of questions beforehand that are related to sustainable living, environmental awareness, and social responsibility. You can find inspiration from reading articles, watching documentaries, or browsing online forums and blogs.

  2. Print out the questions on cards or display them on a screen or a poster board. Encourage your guests to form small groups of 3-5 people and take turns asking each other the questions. You can also create a rotation system where each group moves on to the next question after a set amount of time (e.g., 2-3 minutes).

  3. Make sure everyone has a chance to answer each question and listen actively to their responses. Encourage follow-up questions, comments, and discussions that build on the initial answers. You can also share your own insights and opinions about sustainability to keep the conversation flowing.

  4. After everyone has had a chance to answer all the questions, gather your guests in a larger group and ask them to share their favorite or most surprising answers. You can also use this opportunity to highlight any commonalities or connections that emerged during the activity.

  5. Consider using some of the insights or stories that came up during the “This or That” icebreaker as a springboard for further conversations and activities throughout the day. For example, you could organize a workshop on sustainable living practices or create a display of eco-friendly products and services.

Ideas on different themes of questions

To keep your sustainability-themed icebreaker questions fresh and engaging, you can explore different themes and categories that are relevant to the topic. Here are some ideas:

  • Lifestyle: Ask questions related to sustainable living practices and habits (e.g., “Do you prefer to buy local or organic food?” or “What is your favorite way to reduce waste at home?”).

  • Transportation: Ask questions about the environmental impact of different modes of transportation (e.g., “Do you prefer to walk, bike, or take public transit?” or “What are some ways to make air travel more sustainable?”).

  • Consumption: Ask questions about the social and environmental impact of consumer choices (e.g., “Do you prefer to buy new or second-hand clothes?” or “What is your favorite eco-friendly brand or product?”).

  • Activism: Ask questions that relate to environmental advocacy and activism (e.g., “What are some ways to support climate action in your community?” or “Who is your sustainability hero or role model?”).

  • Education: Ask questions that inspire learning and curiosity about sustainability (e.g., “What is one thing you wish you knew more about related to sustainability?” or “What is a sustainability-related book, podcast, or documentary that has inspired you recently?”).

By incorporating these different themes of questions into your sustainability-themed icebreaker activity, you can keep your guests engaged and informed while also promoting environmental awareness and social responsibility. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your next event!

My favorite Sustainability themed This or That questions

  1. Reusable water bottle or single-use plastic bottle?
  2. Composting food scraps or throwing them away?
  3. Walking or driving to work/school?
  4. Eating in or dining out?
  5. Using natural cleaning products or commercial products?
  6. Taking shorter showers or longer baths?
  7. Using cloth napkins or paper napkins?
  8. Recycling paper or throwing it away?
  9. Buying locally grown produce or imported produce?
  10. Using renewable energy or traditional energy sources?
  11. Using public transportation or driving your own car?
  12. Growing your own vegetables or buying them from a grocery store?
  13. Shopping at a thrift store or buying new clothes?
  14. Using a bike or a car to run errands?
  15. Using rechargeable batteries or disposable ones?
  16. Using a clothesline or a dryer?
  17. Buying products made from recycled materials or products made from new materials?
  18. Using LED light bulbs or traditional ones?
  19. Turning off lights when leaving a room or leaving them on?
  20. Using a reusable shopping bag or a single-use plastic bag?
  21. Buying products with minimal packaging or products with excessive packaging?
  22. Avoiding products with palm oil or using products with palm oil?
  23. Using a reusable coffee cup or a single-use coffee cup?
  24. Using a refillable water filter or buying bottled water?
  25. Using a public park or a private garden?
  26. Using a solar-powered charger or a traditional charger?
  27. Using a manual push mower or a gas-powered mower?
  28. Using a reusable straw or a single-use plastic straw?
  29. Installing a rain barrel or using sprinklers to water plants?

About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.