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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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Linda from Garland

Gardens on flat top roofs, recycling gray water to reuse, recycling plastic, cans. and not using plastic bags or disposable diapers. Replanting trees and making community gardens in condemned areas instead of more concrete

Carol Ann A from Round Rock

I was raised a conservationist; recycle, reuse and repurpose items. Northern California born, raised in Sierra Nevada mountains, I totally appreciate Texas my home since 2005!

Zandi C. from Fannin

I take my tea boxes and turn them into storage container. I've got my garden seeds and a tiny compensation book with all plant care instructions and we the inserts to make dividers.

Toni Kimbrough from Houston

We have new solar screens to help conserve energy over our double pane low e insulated windows on west facing side of the house. That plus extra attic insulation has cut our energy use down by half and we’re still cool and comfortable.

Laverne C from Alvin

Our piece of Texas is priceless ❤️ An absolute heaven on Earth. Thankful to the Creator. ✝️☮️💜💙🙏💝

Crystal F from Temple

When taking care of Monarchs, get rid of the Tropical Milkweed. It has a microbe in it that distorts the the Monarch. It mutilates them. They never can even flutter their wings. Native one only. It’s a solid orange. Xerces website shows you very clearly what happens to them.

Casee Toms from Saint Hedwig

Being energy efficient should be on everyone's priority list. It's a luxury and should be utilized respectfully.

Gigi from Tomball

I switched to solaire.It is a ling loan but I am happy I did.
I like to recycle but I am very frustrated about the No recycling Bins to deposit easily.
How is the awareness going to develop if the many who are aware cannot find infrastructures in the community where they live?
When others see those who recycle going back and forth to deposit recyclables it will impact the behavior. Well thank you for the broadcasts and staff but it has to be accompanied with actions and involvement of community authorities.

Ruby Carrell from Fort Worth

We can now recycle Styrofoam at the dump. So now I'm trying to collect Styrofoam to take to the dump. We already recycle everything else.

GROUP W BENCH LITTER PATROL from Waco

GROUP W BENCH in 3+ years have picked up over 300,000 pounds of blowing litter and illegal dump sites in McLennan County with volunteers and probation department seeking hours. Our 6 mile Adopt-A-Highway is the states longest.

L.j.r.jomes from Poteet

We grow our own veggies and run the washer eather I'm the garden

Steve luttrell from Houston

As I ride the metro buses and rails in our city I pick up litter others have discarded to try and maintain a clean environment.

Susan Honeycutt from Highland Village

We have this HUGE rain barrel that we use to water our yard & garden. 💦💦

TCEQ from Round Rock

* Took advantage of Williamson County water wise toilet rebate program to replace a pair.
* Bagged & transported aluminum cans from vacation trip, then recycled via Round Rock bin at home.

Christopher M. Ambrosek from San Antonio

Every Sunday afternoon I walk up and down military & goliad rd. With trash bags and & clear bags for the recyclables and pick up trash in my community until near sundown when I go in to have dinner which is when I drop the recycle and trash bags off in the proper receptacle bins for each.

As the Spigot Turns from Tomball

I pulled the plug on my husband's aggressive watering which is why the name was changed because I am now in the witness protection program. I had to do it in defense of the plants. He seems to think they are all parched beyond belief when in effect they are drowning from over attention. It has taken me since March to convince him that I didn't pick the wrong plants, and that they are dying from over watering and not because they all have different water requirements. Many do, but trust me that is NOT the problem here. If they were able, they would be tossing each other life jackets. We have had an ongoing battle for years, but he has really gone "overboard" this year and even our established plants are yellow and wilty. I have wrestled the controls of the watering system from him, and of course, it is raining all week this week even though we are in near drought except in our yard! Hopefully, the plants will dry out and can make it the rest of the summer. Needless to say, we will be conserving a LOT of water from this point on!

Tracy O. from Austin

Keep it clean y'all.🐾💝

Debra m from Cedar creek

Help Keep Texas clean please pick all of your trash up and don't 🚮

Ann E. from San Angelo

I have a rain water catch system, I use to keep my trees and plants alive while reducing water consumption. I recycle everything allowed by my city. I reuse everything I can. I pickup trash when i walk. Doing all i can.

Linda J from Greenville

We have converted our wheelbarrow into a planter. Recycling can be awesome!

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