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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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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.

Dale S Myres from Temple

Plant trees and grass that is native to area means less watering. I drive under speed limits and have for years. We recycle what we can. Switching over to the newer type bulbs. Also being a master plumber is installed water water fixtures in my home.

Val Cochran from Lubbock

Simple. Scrunch plastic bottles up cap and place in flower pots- then Dover with dirt and plant flowers. Makes for great drainage and lighter Pots as well as great root routing for growth!

Angela Gaddis from PEARLAND

We up cycle water bottles, both 16oz. (For seeds) & 2 ltr. (For the subsequent larger seedlings) as terrariums. We use milk jugs as planters, cut in half-the handles make great water spouts to get directly to the roots.
We also use 2 ltr. Bottles filled with water turned upside down to self water large planters.

Brenda N from HARRIETT

All card board goes into the bottom of my keyhole garden. Organic waste is composted there too.

Nathan Goodfellow from Austin TX

I contribute to sustainable local gardens.

Jerry Rusty from Willis Texas

Driving through our Sam Houston National Forest last weekend with it being opening weekend of bow season, I stopped and cleaned up two garbage bags and a case of beer bottles. But I didn’t have room for the coach some dump careless American threw his trash along side of Forest Road 234

Michael And Jennifer T from San Antonio

We use our gray water from our washing machine to water our yard and garden.. we have a nice green yard and and a great garden!

John S from Garland

I take care to buy recycled or recyclable items when possible. I conserve water when possible. I even reuse the waterfront hand washing to flush my toilet.

Brendajc from Round Rock

We harvest rainwater, provide native plants, food for the birds, bees and butterflies, recycling everything we can, as well as picking up trash when we go on hikes or kayak our local rivers! We love Texas and we want to be good stewards of our great state!

Mike M. from Austin

I mash up most of my kitchen scraps and use that for garden bedding, instead of purchasing manufactured fertilizers. My veggies and other plants seem to have increased in quality and liveliness!

Brooke P. from Houston, TX

We have adopted a couple of city drains and keep them cleared so street flooding is reduced which, in turn, reduces the need for city resources during clean up which, in turn, allows the city to focus on bigger clean up needs which, in turn, saves all of us money!

Manor isd from Manor Texas

Get the sea weed off the beaches and get the beaches looking natural nice

Neighborhood Enhancement from San Marcos

City of San Marcos Neighborhood Enhancement cleaning up drainage area before a large storm!

James steel from Watauga

Take great care of Texas there only one of the great states

Barbara F from Zabcikville, Texas

We don’t water our 1/2 acre yard. We’re already doing everything we can! We no longer use 5 gallon water bottles. We bought a reverse osmosis water filter for the kitchen and it tastes just like distilled water!! We never did drive much, but with the pandemic, we are now driving less than 100 miles in two months! Proud to be Texans!

Maggie H. from Denison, Texas

We try to keep our block clean and conserve water usage.

JaniceElliott from Benbrook

Repurpose everything you can! I’m repurposing an old privacy fence to make American flags and build a potting shed.

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