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Texas is a big and beautiful state and it's important we protect and conserve its natural resources for future generations. Across the state, Texans are finding fun, creative ways to do their part, and they're garnering impressive results. The following are excerpts of the most innovative, successful ideas submitted.

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Bulverde Creek Elementary - North East ISD from San Antonio, TX. 78259

Jiana and Julian Garcia spent their last day of winter break cleaning up the Bulverde Creek Elementary grounds. They enjoy being outside and the natural environment. When Jiana saw how the wind had blown trash around their school’s playground, she decided to start picking up litter. Julian followed and before long they had a trash bag filled with trash.

Frank May from Bastrop

In 2012 my wife Catherine and I started picking up litter along 4 miles of Bastrop County roadways. We average over 20 pounds of roadside litter a week. So far, we have moved over 9,000 pounds of litter from these roadways to the landfill.

Cathy Salling from Watauga

I put buckets in my shower to catch water. When they are full, I use them to water plants or flush the toilet. I don't use a dishwasher. Instead, I use buckets to wash & rinse the dishes, then use the water on my plants. I use laundry detergent sheets instead of liquid detergent so there is no plastic jug to go in the landfill. I stopped using plastic ziploc bags. Instead I bought silicone reclosable reusable bags. I aslo stopped using paper towels. I use cloth napkins instead. Instead of kleenex, I use cloth handkerchiefs. All excess fruit & vegetable scraps go in the compost. All plastic and paper go in the recycle. I use atotally renewable energy company. I keep the thermostat on 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter. My heater has a heat pump. Outside, I have three rain barrels to catch water for the lawn. Since I only have renewable energy, my lawn mower, blower and weed eater are all electric. My front lawn is totally xeriscaped. My back yard is 75% xeriscaped. I have a vegetable garden to grow organic food. I only use organic pesticides and fertilizers. And lastly, I drive a Prius. I will be watching all the comments to determine if there is something else I can do.

OB from Out in the country near Banquete, Texas

We use grey water from our tub and washing machine into the yard to water grass and collect and recycle aluminum cans.

Randy W.. from North Richland Hills

New windows have been a huge savings. Caulking through out - no window or door leakage. 2 new toilets and shower heads with new 2 water saving faucets. New soffit and facia have all added up to an extremely energy saving home. Oh, and solar panels mean that we have had no electric bills in over a year.

Carol M. from Houston

One of my favorite things in Texas and I was born in Houston 63 y.o. is my love and respect for Willie Nelson, been going to his concerts in the 70's. and 4th of July picnics!!! What a blast!

Lorraine D. from Pflugerville

Conserve and recycle is my motto!

Lorraine D. from Pflugerville

I am that person turning out lights and fans when no one is using room. I am the one recycling cans, bottles and boxes and shredding newspapers for mulch.

The Celtic Cowboys from Houston

We hold Texas in trust for those that follow

Zoe B from New Braunfels

I'm a follower of Lady Bird Johnson. Constantly picking up trash along our roads

Nancy F. from Copperas Cove

We have rain barrels to water raised vegetable beds( which take less water). We have showerheads that can be turned off as you soap up. We don't rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, we have a lot of little things we do such as never leave a light on if there in no one in there. We try hard to conserve and save!

Roy vaughn from Midland , tx

Pickup and recycle beer cans on side of the road

Roy vaughn from Midland , tx

Same my coke cans to recycle


GROUP W BENCH LITTER PATROL provides folks on community service in McLennan County to receive credit towards taking care of business by picking up litter. GWB has Texas' longest Adopt-A-Highway of 6 miles and there are other opportunities for in town beautification of Waco. We have helped over 200 graduate back in to society.

DaphneC. from Seabrook, Tx

Whenever my husband and I go to the beach we carry plastic bags and pick up trash left behind by others.

Abigail C. from El Paso

We must remember to keep our work areas, our houses, our waters and the whole land clean, healthy and safe from pollution and other wasteful hazards, such as COVID-19, cancer, pneumonia, leukemia, and trash waste.

David Chain from Livingston

I love Texas and always conserve electricity. I pick up trash from parking lots when I'm shopping and throw in in trash cans.Im old school from when Willie Nelson advertised on TV singing Dont Mess With Texas. Kids now days and adults don't live responsibly like the old days.

Val C. from Lubbock

We installed gutters and a rain barrel to catch the run off. The barrel was not very expensive and it has a metal spout on the bottom to attach a hose to water our garden!

Jacki O from Seabrook

I put out motor recycle than trash. Trash goes out once a month, recycle goes every week. We composte everyday! It's makes the dirt healthy for flowers and the garden.

Chris R. from Kyle

Water is precious so my husband and I do everything we can to conserve it. For instance, it's easy to take a two minute shower and still get clean. Turn on water, wet your body, turn off. Work shampoo into your hair, shave, etc. and finish scrubbing yourself. Turn water on and rinse off. It gets you in and out of the shower faster and you save water, a finite resource. We also collect rainwater, use solar panels, maintain a compost pile, recycle glass, plastic, paper and aluminum, use high efficiency appliances and try to buy only what we absolutely need. We garden without the use of chemicals and plant pollinator-friendly flowers and trees.

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