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Jul
14

Keep Texas Beautiful and Recycle Cigarettes with TerraCycle!

Do you have a cigarette litter problem in your neighborhood? Not sure? Here is a proposition: the next time you walk your dog, go on a stroll with family and friends, or even run errands, take a look at the ground. See how many cigarette butts you pass along the way! If you answered yes to the above question, you probably know what I am going to sa...
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Jul
07

Affiliate of the Month: Embracing Our New Normal While Keeping Brady Beautiful

Keep Brady Beautiful is proudly established in the heart of Texas. We are so proud of where we have gotten. Forever grateful for our volunteers, without them none of our great accomplishments could have been possible. We have done various lake clean-ups, trash offs, and Adopt-A-Highway cleanups. Sadly because of Covid-19 concerns, our Adopt-a-Highw...
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Jun
24

Understanding the Positive Environmental Effects of COVID-19

In these last few months, COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on our everyday lives. From having to remember to wear a face mask when out in public to respecting social distancing guidelines, COVID-19 has affected us in numerous ways. Aside from it changing our everyday habits, the virus has led to healing the environment in positive and unthin...
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Jun
09

Affiliate of the Month: Keep The Colony Beautiful on Immeasurable Value

New tool-lending program flourishes under quarantine "Beautification" has been a buzzword in the City by the Lake for many years. The Colony City Council, Keep The Colony Beautiful Board (KTCB), and the residents they serve continually prioritize programs and services aimed at keeping their community clean and green. Those efforts take many forms, ...
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Jun
05

Guest Blog: Secure Your Load - Saves Lives and Reduce Litter

Sixteen years ago this February I received the call that is every parent's worst nightmare. It was Harborview Hospital and the woman said: "is your daughter Maria?"I said yes and she said, "She is in critical condition. You need to get here as soon as you can." Maria was on her way home from work that night when someone ahead of her had lost a piec...
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May
28

Staff Blog: Recreating Responsibly During a Pandemic

As the weather warms up and stay-at-home orders are lifted across the state, Texas' parks and green spaces have seen a large increase in traffic. Spending time outdoors has become increasingly important for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as summer approaches and many camps and summer vacations cancelled, we expect that the increase i...
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May
21

Recycling Tips in the Bathroom

​The bathroom is full of products that can be recycled. Unfortunately, this area of the house can get overlooked when it comes to recycling in the household. Our friends at Unilever, who created the Love Beauty Planet line of shampoos and personal care products, is committed to making all their products recyclable and helping consumers live mo...
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May
14

Recycling and Waste Tips During COVID-19 from Waste Management

As we all focus on health and safety, we are spending more time at home. This has led to an increased amount of waste and recyclables, including health supplies like facial tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks and disposable gloves. One way you can help protect the environment and sani...
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May
12

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Wilson County Beautiful

What a Wild Ride it's Been: Our beautification ups and downs  What a roller-coaster our work has been over the last few decades. Starting slow and steady in 1999, the association was ready to roll. The ride enjoyed highs and lows for a while until the inevitable trudging along lead into a dark tunnel of the unknown. For several years, the...
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May
19

Congratulations to our KTB Youth and Educator Award Winners!

At a time when school has become a sheltered, at home activity, KTB would like to remind you of all the fabulous youth and educators out there that spent last year doing great things in their community.  We received many applications for our KTB Youth and Educator Awards and we applaud all nominees.  Without further ad...
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Apr
30

Staff Blog: Tips for Sustainable Fashion

I am a reformed clotheshorse. I worked in e-commerce for an online boutique and one of the perks was an amazing discount. On top of it, I was one of the first to see each piece as they were received. It was easy to say, "that's cute, I'll buy it." It was a thrill to have the latest style before anyone else. I moved through my fashion career and sta...
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May
27

Youth Advisory Councils - Involving Youth in Your Affiliate Leadership

There are millions of teens and young adults around the globe who are interested in getting involved and making a difference. Sure, they may choose their phones and use social media as their platform, but it doesn't mean they are any less powerful or important than the rest of us.  Take for example Mexican born activist&nbs...
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Apr
24

Proper Disposal of PPE During COVID-19

Before COVID-19 became a part of our lives, community organizations were picking up plastic bottles, cigarette butts and fast food litter.  We were fighting for Bottle Bills, Bag Bans and declaring war on plastic straws.  Current trends during COVID-19 show a different future coming for litter cleanups.  We are se...
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Apr
15

History of Earth Month

As we draw nearer to the 50th Earth Day on April 22, it is worth reflecting on the history and legacy that it represents. Earth Day is one of the most visible and effective environmentalist campaigns in American history. Understanding how it came to be and how it has operated over the last five decades is an important piece of understanding federal...
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Apr
13

Take Care of Texas While Saving Money at Home

If you're like the average Texan, you're probably trying out teleworking or potentially the new task of homeschooling your children. We see you—hang in in there! Spending more time at home has its perks—no commute, more time with family—but there are also unforeseen consequences, like using more resources (energy and water) and potentially creating...
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Apr
28

Sustainable Sheltering

According to CNBC, only 43% of employees, pre-COVID-19, were able to work from home at least one day per week.  Now that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, those numbers have skyrocketed.  Those of us lucky enough to have the option are working from home full time and even tutoring our children for online school...
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Apr
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Levelland Beautiful

Levelland, county seat of Hockley County, is located on the Llano Estacado, 30 miles west of Lubbock and established in 1912 by C.W. Post. Levelland's population is 13,762 and is the 189th largest city in Texas. Keep Levelland Beautiful is happy to serve this rural community on the move.  Just like so many other affiliates, the current pa...
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Apr
02

Learning to Save the Environment from a Social Distance

Are you at home with your kids now a lot more than you used to be? Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to do with them? The Junk Art Activity from the Waste in Place (WIP) curriculum is just the thing to combine education and fun! Waste in Place is a Keep America Beautiful educational resource developed for pre-K and up. It offers pa...
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Apr
08

Congratulations to our KTB Award Winners!

Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful reaches out across the Lone Star State to find amazing people doing stellar things to keep Texas clean and beautiful.  We search for leaders, volunteers, businesses and organizations working hard to make a difference in their communities.  After months of collecting and exploring applications we are proud t...
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Apr
01

Continuing Community Improvement

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has caused millions of people to self-isolate, per CDC social distancing guidelines. Public health officials recommend limiting the time we all spend in public spaces to slow the spread of the virus. Adopting these practices is necessary to contain the infection level to one that our healthcare system can bear. As we ...
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