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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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Ashley B from Baytown

I'm in the process of starting my new green company. Kind of working out kinks and getting research lined out. As an environmental entrepreneur I'm eager to inform society on the sustainable solutions that green on green have created.

Robert B. from DeSoto

We owe honor to the City of DeSoto,TX for giving my wife and I, including our two boys, the opportunity to recycle in our city for the past 24 yrs. We have recycled here every week at least two bins per week. We are glad to contribute to the cause for our environment.

Sharon W from Bastrop

Protecting our part of the Lost Pines of Texas, and local bees.

Cliff S from Garland TX

Unfortunately living in a community that has no recycle based economy, we are receiving batteries to take them to the recycled community that can accept. God Bless Texas..... It's the only one we've got.

Amparo P from San Antonio

I am 76yrs old. We recycle here at home and teach my children and grandchildren to recycle also while they're here. I think recycle bins for bottled water should be in every business in Texas.

Kelly U from Pflugerville

I am an avid cook and foodie, so I prepare 99 percent of the meals in my household. Therefore I recycle plastic, cardboard, glass jars, cartons, cans, containers, and general food packaging. And of course, the daily newspaper goes in (which a neighbor "recycles" to us.) Our garbage bin is nearly empty from week to week, but our recycling is always overflowing!

Don D from Montgomery

I ride my adult three wheeled bike in the country for three miles and, while riding, I pick up litter and put it in a five gallon bucket I carry with me.

JOSE M from KINGWOOD

I have 32 years of teaching Bilingual /ESL students in the Texas Public School System. I have thought and learned that to grow personally , emotionally, and personally.... one must be passionate about what you do and enjoy it with a sense of adventure. I have explore many ways to make a difference and at the end it is me who has learned a new strong life from my students ! Yes, I am Blessed ! J. M.

Andrea C from Midlothian

My eight year old, Jack, was so interested in learning recycling and the value and impact it has at school in his recycling club that he does our recycling at home.

Carrie L from Heartland

My students having been collecting plastic water bottles and creating Chihuly inspired sculptures. They have also been using recycled cardboard and other odds and ends to create other art projects!

Doris P from Buffalo

We sell aluminum cans, recycle all plastic bottles at Walmart in Bryan, tires to pickup at Leonco. Papers to fill gullies on property. Batteries to Lowe's. Ink cartridges to HP.

Andrea R from Manvel

When we moved into our home, our neighborhood did not have the option to recycle. You had to load it all up and drive it to the recycle center in Pearland. Our MUD would not add it without a petition signed by at least 51% of the homes in favor of it. I led the efforts and got 54% of homes to sign. We now have recycle pick up weekly. It's been amazing to have 814 more homes with the opportunity to recycle.

Toni E. from Millican

I struggle with creativity at times, so social media has been a great resource to find great ideas for reusing items. One quick search on Pinterest and I've been able to re-use cardboard boxes to organize drawers, plastic bread clasps and cardboard tubes to organize cords, etc.

Betsy P from Fort Worth

Our household is serious about recycling! Until two weeks ago we lived in an apartment in Dallas. We had four different recycling stations in our apartment: one for general recycling, one for clothing donations, one for electronic recycling, and the last for plastic bag recycling. Each month we'd drive the recycling and donations to their respective destinations.

Thankfully now we live in Fort Worth, so we don't have to drive the general recycling anywhere, but we still have three stations for clothing donations, electronic recycling, and plastic bag recycling.

P J C from Austin

Growing up in the 50's with European immigrant parents and having 5 siblings, we recycled long before there was a word for it. Everything got composted, used and re-used until it fell apart or broke.

Abbey F. from San Antonio

I reuse black nursery trays and pots for plant divisions and seedlings that I pass on to neighbors or trade at an annual plant swap. If I get too many containers to use myself, I take them to Lowes for recycling. You can give the black plastic containers to any employee in their garden center and they give it to a vendor to sterilize and reuse or recycle at the end of the pot’s useful life. I’m so glad this program exists because the black plastic is not accepted in my city’s curbside recycling.

Cynthia B. from Fort Worth

At my home:
We support buying items at local farmer’s markets & use our own bags or bottles & jars for items we purchase to cut back on plastic bags or styrofoam or other packaging that doesn’t easily decompose.
Plastic bags that do arrive in our house are repurposed in various ways such as trash can liners in our bathroom trash cans then are re-used for that several times until they get yucky. Any type of plastic bag that does leave our house is knotted to prevent them from entangling wildlife & lessen the chance of the bag becoming airborne if it is windy & they somehow get loose as the garbage is picked up by our city refuse service.
Old cooking oil is used as lubricant for gardening tools, squeaky doors, or even as moisturizer for dry hands, elbows & feet.
Plant based food scraps are composted.
Egg shell halves, cardboard egg cartons & paper tubes are used as seedling starters for the garden.
Non-glossy Paper is shredded & composted or used in crafts.
All other cardboard & glossy paper advertisements are either used in crafting projects or placed in the city bin for weekly recycling.
Plastics & glass items are crafted or repurposed as much as possible, donated for crafting, or are placed in the city recycling bins.
Clothing is donated, swapped, resold, or repurposed & used for crafts or even as cleaning rags.
Electronics are resold, swapped, or donated to charity.
Many organizations & churches use items for craft activities so we regularly supply them with recyclable items for this purpose.
We don’t have a dryer, but rather hang everything outdoors to dry on a clothes line.
Use caught rainwater to supplement watering the garden & do not use chemicals to rid the garden of pests.
Wash dishes by hand in a sink full of soapy water & one of clean water to rinse.
We use LED or low energy bulbs & turn off lights when not in a room & also use natural daylight for illumination when available rather than artificial lighting.
We do not use a central heating or cooling system but rather have window units & heating towers & zone our rooms, closing off unused rooms so they are not heated or cooled until actually being used.
We do not run the water when brushing our teeth.

Daniel X. from Allen

Our family has always been big on recycling. Whenever we take out the trash, often times our recycling bin is as full as our trash bin. Filled multiple times a week with paper products, plastic bottles, cardboard, bulbs, and batteries, I believe my family does a pretty decent job of recycling. I believe being a good steward of the environment is man's duty and everyone should try to protect the earth whenever and however they can. Together, we can make the earth a greener place by recycling.

Elizabeth C. from Copperas Cove

Our 14 year old daughter has inspired us to recycle and compost in our home. She has dedicated this next year to teaching youth how to and the importance of recycling and composting in our community as part of her title as Young Miss Copperas Cove Five Hills. She is persistent on encouraging others to recycle, use reusable products, compost, and take care of their community/state. Our city has a curbside recycling program in which we participate bi weekly by putting our full recycle bin at the curb. We are part of a compost program in which we fill a compost bin and it is picked up weekly and brought to a local farm to help grow crops, feed animals, etc. Our family feels it is important to help in this way in order to maintain a beautiful environment for the future generations. As a family we participate in local trash cleanups around our area. We would like to spread this important message across the state and encourage others to recycle and compost.

Susan H from Fort Worth

I keep leaky faucets repaired.
Use low watt light bulbs when I can. When walking on Texas beaches I pick up trash left by others on the waters edge to keep it away from the birds and from being washed into the ocean.

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