Secondhand Sweaters and Destructive Lights

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Holiday Lights Tips   |   Green Gift Giving Tips   |   Handwashing Week   |   Sustainable Swaps Blog   |   Ugly Sweater Photo Contest   |   Website Feedback

Holiday Lights Tips

Proper disposal of holiday lights

If you have curbside recycling, you should not put string lights in the bin. Holiday lights contaminate the waste stream and tangle up recycling machinery.

Instead, start by contacting your local municipal waste management program and ask for instructions. Some cities host bulk holiday light collection events.

More Tips on Holiday Lights

Reminder: Green Gift Giving Tips

Green Gift Giving Guide

A green gift giving reminder: Add a green twist to your gift giving this year!

No matter if you’re shopping in stores, ordering online, or handcrafting a gift, here are simple tips you can prevent unnecessary waste.

When it does come time to unwrap, dispose of your waste responsibility and save what can be reused.

Quick Green Gift Giving Tips

Handwashing Awareness Week

Handwashing with soap and water

National Handwashing Awareness Week was December 1-7. To commemorate this week, we encourage you to continue washing your hands during these uncertain times. While also being conscious of how much water you're using too.

The Center for Disease Control also has great educational resources for washing your hands. Check them out and share these resources with your family and friends.

Access CDC's Handwashing Resources

KTB - Sustainable Swaps

KTB Sustainable Swaps Blog

As part of our partnership efforts, we contributed to Keep Texas Beautiful's blog with a topic on sustainable swaps.

Learn more about some simple and easy switches you can make in your home! 

View our KTB Blog Post Here

Ugly Sweater Photo Contest

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'Tis the season for ugly sweaters! Instead of buying new ugly sweaters this year, why not reuse last year's or buy secondhand? They aren't getting any prettier!

To enter, comment on the Take Care of Texas “Ugly Sweater Contest” Facebook post and tag three friends! To be entered twice, you can share your own ugly sweater photo - the uglier the sweaters, the better!

One lucky Texan who comments on the post and tags their friends by December 21 will be selected at random to win a $100 gift card, provided by H-E-B. (See rules)

Comment on the Facebook Post

Reminder: Website Feedback Tool

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As a reminder, you can help us revamp our website by completing a short (10-15 minute) term-sorting activity.

Provide your email address to receive a gift card provided by H-E-B (see prize rules). The term-sorting feedback tool will be open until Tuesday, December 15.

If you have trouble with the clickable link, copy and paste the link below into your browser:

Your input on our website is valued—thank you!

Access the Feedback Tool