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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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Abby O from Frisco

We follow the Frisco Water-Wise weekly emails to set our sprinkler controller and only water when needed. The first time we turned our sprinklers on was mid-June and until the second week of August, we only needed to water one day per week! Water is a precious resource and we intend to conserve as much as we can!

from Mercedes

I an effort to reduce the amount of clean water we waste, we added a shower timer to reduce the amount of time we spend taking a shower. We also hand wash the dishes using the double sink. In one we wash, and in the other we rinse. 

Kim H from El Paso


I would like to share an idea to encourage others to recycle tires. Thank you. :)


Susan Garcia from Mansfield

I am a real estate agent and have some recycle bins at my office and then bring them home full to put in my recycle bin that is picked up weekly.  I also recycle the ink cartridges from the office as well as my home office.  I have a compost pile where all of my produce scraps go as well as plants, leaves, etc from the yard.  I also try to encourage other around me to recycle instead of throw away.

Randal D from Del Rio

I do not water the lawn
Do not let water run in sink(s)while brushing teeth etc:
Never dump food scrap's in the garbage as pieces feed the birds and insects etc:
Always empty lawn clippings from bag to fill low spots or put in composting area of back yard.
Always be thinking of a useful use of waste !!!!

Kelly M from Magnolia

My husband, Glen, and I recycle to the fullest.  All plastic, metal (food cans, aluminum cans), and paper (including cardboard) go to the Magnolia City Hall where they have a dumpster that we put our recyclables in.  The glass containers go to the local Target store.  Light bulbs go to Lowe's.   Empty ink cartridges go to either Office Depot or Walmart depending upon where we are in Tomball.  We take watch batteries and other similar ones to Walmart where they recycle them.  Plastic bags also go to Walmart.  I wash everything out so that my stuff doesn't stink.  We take our used clothes and any fabric to clothes recycling bins so they can make rags from them.  We even go so far as to bring our own "to-go" boxes to restaurants we go to so we don't use Styrofoam which is unrecyclable.  We bring "to-go" cups to bring home our drinks, again avoiding the dreaded Styrofoam.  By taking these measures, we have seriously decreased our garbage output.  We don't even burn our leaves, limbs or tree fodder.  We have brush piles so that birds can use them for cover, shelter and nesting.  We leave our grass clippings in the yard and we allow fallen leaves to naturally decompose and protect the yard from the winter cold.  All of our food scraps go into the compost can in our garden.  Anything usable is donated to either the Society of Samaritans or Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries where they sell or give away the items for the needy.  

Lori C from Corpus Christi

My husband came up with a brilliant use for empty toilet paper tubes!  He cuts them in half, crimps one end closed, fills the open end with potting soil and plants a seed inside.  We'll set up a whole tray full of these cardboard cups and keep them moist until the seeds sprout, then put the whole thing in the garden.  The roots can push through the damp cardboard and it will break down under ground.  

Lisa B from Bryan

It takes 2 minutes for the hot water to reach the faucet in my bathroom. Instead of wasting the water, I place a watering can under the faucet and collect 2 gallons of water. I use it to water my plants or parts of the yard that need a little extra.

Linda S from San Antonio

We try to find creative ways to recycle our water and cola bottles. We've made bird feeders, plant stands, art projects for the kids and planters for new plants.

Tammy K from Kingsbury

I live in the country on a farm so recycling is a way of life. Water from sinks, tubs and the washing machine is drained outside to water the trees and only my toilets and dishwasher drain into the septic. Living on a farm which has been owned by family members for 4 generations has instilled a need to conserve, reuse, recycle and repurpose many things from scrape metal to cardboard boxes. 

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