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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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Christe H from Waco

Our K-4 students take donations of broken toys, printers, computer CPU's, cables, headphones, and random electronics; anything that once worked using electricity or batteries. (No TVs) We learn tool safety then take them apart in teams finding out how they worked and the components it takes for them to work. We gather the parts and turn them into something completely NEW. These parts are used over and over again. Invention!

Ursula W from Denton

I hang a reusable shopping bag on the back of my laundry room door and all household recycables (old mail, papers, magazines, cartons, plastic and glass bottles, etc.) go in there after they've been washed. Once that bag is full, I empty it into the city-issued recycle bin that I put on the curb for pickup every Thursday morning.

I also make it a point to recycle unwanted clothing, either by donating it to the local Goodwill or thrift stores that support charities in my area. In addition, any household chemicals that I no longer need are sent to the city for reuse, which in turn get sent to the local ReUse Store where they available for free to local residents.

Laura W from Fort Worth

We recycle all of our plastic containers, glass containers, aluminum (which you can get PAID for!), and paper. Our plastic bags, when we get them, are taken back to the store for recycling (Walmart takes all brands of bags). We pick up litter at parks and recycle those items, as well. We're not perfect, but we try our best to make the world better.

Pranav D from Austin

We recycle plastic bags by dropping them off in the collection bins outside H-E-B. We take full advantage of our city's recycling and compost programs.

Jonathan N from Austin

I enjoy working on anything mechanical. Almost anything can be repaired rather than replaced with the help of DIY videos online and DIY parts stores. A well-maintained machine works more efficiently, using less water and electricity, and generates less pollution. It also saves you money over replacing them and gives you to satisfaction of doing it yourself.

I recently fixed my lawnmower after seeing several fixable lawnmowers being left at the curb in my neighborhood. I have rebuilt my washing machine with new small parts on three occasions. I just cleaned out my dryer and found $4 in change inside! Repairable bicycles tossed to the curb are a regular sight near me, but an afternoon at the local bicycle co-op could have saved it from the scrap yard.

Amy P from Dallas

As a proud Texan, I believe it's important to raise awareness to keep our motorists safe. As as a mom and commuter, I have a drive to keep my passengers from any potential hazards on the road and encourage others to do the same.

We also collaborate with other families to utilize carpooling. Whether we're driving to and from school or extra curricular activities we try to conserve gas as a means to save money and conserve resources. We're also advocates for ride sharing services.

I also teach my family to contribute to keeping our city clean. If we're ever around loose trash, I encourage my family to chip in and pick it up. I think everyone in the community can follow this rule of thumb as well. We also strive to keep our waste to a minimum by recycling and utilizing reusable items.

Katie C from Denton

I have backyard chickens. They consume most all of my scraps to minimize landfill waste, I use their coop straw/droppings to activate my compost from yard clippings for soil, and they provide eggs so I don’t have to buy any! Also, I use a Nalgene for my water, I don’t run water when lathering, planted native plants this year, installed rain barrels, recycle what I can, and pickup trash when filling my car up with gas.

John A from San Antonio

Anytime and everytime we visit our local lakes and parks Family and I always make sure that any trash and or Recyclables are picked up regardless if there ours or not. A little effort from all goes a Long way. TAKE CARE OF TEXAS TEXANS!!!!!

Jerome A from Conroe

To reduce waste and help the homeless and needy people we decided to collected 100 pairs of children's, men's and women's used shoes. We clean and repaired them and donated to Society of St. Vincent De Paul in Conroe.

Scott B from Spring Branch

Hi, we have pioneered reclamation, re-certification, and reuse of thermal shippers used for time/temperature sensitive drugs (i.e. vaccines & blood). This year, we should prevent more than 250,000 cubic feet of styrofoam from landfill and 100% of the shippers that do not pass re-certification are repurposed. We would love to share our story and apply for the State award to keep our team energized. Thank You!

Scott

Jeaneane M from Austin

Plastic bags lead a long life in our house: Zipper bags get washed, dried and reused until they split - then recycled at HEB or used for kitty litter. Clean plastic bread bags first get reused to wrap up leftover produce. Once they get too icky for food, they are re-used for kitty litter. Kitty litter bags include not just bread bags, but chip bags, internal bags from cereal and cracker boxes, small paper bags. Any clean bags that aren't suitable for food/too small for kitty litter get recycled, along with shrink wrap. And I reuse plastic grocery bags for trash can liners - which don't get thrown out every week, only as needed. I mean, it's a TRASH CAN, does it really need a clean plastic bag every week? :)

T K from Mission

One man can make a difference. It has been two months since moving from Florida to Mission Texas. I live near Bentsen Rio Grande River Valley State Park and I am sweeping the parking lot and fixing potholes to conserve on wear and tear on our border patrol vehicles and make it a prettier and safer place to enjoy my retirement.

Rachel from Baytown

During the month of April, we prepare lessons that teach the children and their parents how important conservation and recycling is to our environment.   For the past several years, I have used your materials and both the children and their parents seem to really enjoy the information.    I first discovered the River and Sky‘s Lone Star Activity Book, stickers, and posters during a festival not far from our town.  I was so impressed with them that I now try to incorporate these materials into my lessons.

Dorothy G from Houston

I turn off any light and/or any tv when no one is in the room.  As of two (2) months ago, I adjusted the temperature on the thermometer at home to 78 degrees - the temperature had mostly been kept between 68-70 degrees.  To compensate for this temperature, all ceiling fans were turned on using the redirect air flow.  In addition to helping the environment, my power bill dropped about $8.00 over each of the two months. 

John L from Austin

I let the St Augustine grass in my backyard in Austin die during the heat and drought of summer 2011. I then replanted with 1/2 native grass blend and 1/2 native plants--Red Yucca, Blackfoot Daisies, Sage, Lantana, etc. I also attached 3 rain barrels to my downspouts to collect rainwater. Now I'm doing Texas Master Naturalist training and volunteering in our local preserve lands & parks.

Rosemary B from Bedford

I have saved all my life.  I am 79 yr. old.  I always turn off lights when I go out of a room.  I don't leave water running when I brush my teeth.  I don't use a dishwasher.  I use a small dish pan. I filled a half gallon milk jug and put one in each of my commodes.  It saves lots of water.

Bobbiejean H from Houston

I was able to get recycling started in my neighborhood, it was slow to catch on at first but now most of the houses use it. My most recent Take Care of Texas method is I switched to green/environmentally friend dog waste collection bags, no more plastic!

Samantha A from Austin

I bike to work every day as well as turning up the thermostat in my apartment while I am at work. I also don't turn on any lights unless it is dark outside.

Grace P from Pharr, Texas

I have been recycling for the past 20 years and proud to have only 1 small bag of trash per week. I also plant my own vegetable garden to save money and keep grass clippings on my yard to nourish the lawn.  I only use natural outside light to illuminate my home and take advantage of the "free" energy provided by the sun during the day.During summer months I install thick curtains to keep cold in and heat out to save money on my electric bill. 

Dwayne A from Austin

I joined a van pool.  I'm doing my part to support our compliance with Texas Air Quality Standards. I'm saving money and reducing NOx emissions by not driving. 

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