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[ Go Paper Towel-Less ]

PapertowelDreamstime pAPER TOWEL LESS TEXT 930 x 218How many Paper Towels do you use during a day?  If you aren’t sure, usually means too many. I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I was thinking for 2018, maybe trying a #1THING of going Paper Towel-less could be cool.  #1THING

Here are a few Paper (Towel) stats :

40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products.

The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.

The average American discards of 700 pounds or more of paper each year.

If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. Change that to using three less rolls per U.S. household per year, and that would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.

Your typical paper towel is manufactured using chlorine, which releases carcinogenic dioxins and furans

Ways to stop / slow down the usages of Paper Towels:

  • If you have to use them, go for paper towels made out of recycled material.
  • Using cloth towels saves more energy and creates less greenhouse gases compared to paper towels.
  • Compost Paper Towels that area unbleached and chlorine-free, they are safe to toss into your compost bin, not the trash.

Just a few of several ways to help slow down / stop paper towel use.  I need to break the habit too! #1THING for Mama Earth during 2018!
Click here! 


[ New Year Electronic Recycling in ATX ]

Officeelectronicsneedrecycling 930x218A Happier 2018 is Out w/ the Old, so you can get the New in. That’s the case for many, especially offices. If you’ve got old electronics you need to get rid of, recycling it is a great way to stop the clogging/ filling up and over of the landfills w/ this non-biodegradable waste.  Stop the E-Waste! Here’s a company that is Green in ATX helping to make the tossing of E-Waste easy and eco-friendly at the same time. #1THING

How to recycle your Electronics

    1. Call STS to schedule a Pick Up
    2. Schedule a date and time for Pick Up
    3. Proper Recycling Process of ALL equipment
    4. Certificate of Destruction
    5. Peace of Mind

What can I Recycle?



[ Recycle Your Live Christmas Tree For Free! ]

Recycle Trees TDS Garden Ville 930x218Texas Disposal Systems has a special day set aside w/ the Garden-Ville Georgetown location where you can recycle your Christmas Tree for Free and get a bag of Free Mulch! Saturday, January 6th from 11am – 1pm. Look out for Majic 95.5 to Enjoy Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q while supplies last. Plus, Register to win tickets to the Price is Right Live.

Garden-Ville Georgetown
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626 | Ph: 512-930-8282 | MAP

From IH-35

  1. Exit Hwy 29 in Georgetown
  2. Go East on Hwy 29
  3. Turn left onto College Street
  4. Turn right onto W.L. Walden

If you do it outside of this special day & time, here’s the 411! Do 1THING to help Mama Earth by recycling your Tree for Free!  

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge this holiday season. TDS has been helping communities across Central Texas recycle their unflocked Christmas trees and organic holiday decorations in the greenest way possible for more than a decade. Beginning on December 26, residents can drop off their unflocked Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins, and other living decorations at the Christmas tree collection sites noted below. These living decorations will then be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas. More here.. 

Trees and decorations must be free of flocking, lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law. 


[ Protect Your Favorite Hiking Trails for the New Year with AHS ]


Here’s an easy 1THING you can do more Hiking during 2018 which will help your health, and can also keep Mama Earth healthy. Thanks to the American Hiking Society. AHS supports First Day Hikes, January 1st, a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Find out more here…and what AHS does throughout the year! Try doing 1THING to help out the ATX area, which is part of the Big World we all live and share. Mama Earth is extremely important! Let’s do what we can to make her healthier! american_hiking775x515


Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.

American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.


Mission: Protect the Places You Love to Hike
AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.


The Intrinsic Value of Hiking:
Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.

Conservation through Recreation:
As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.

AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.

AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.

Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.



Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here


American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.

National Trails Day on June 2, 2018! Another one of several successful events the American Hiking Society supports! Click here for lots more. https://americanhiking.org/



[ Holiday Tree Recycling ]

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Here’s a  great suggestion for a #1THING you can do w/ your tree once the Holidays are over.  Don’t throw it away; give it another life by recycling it!


Trees will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
Texas Disposal Systems

Tree will be accepted free of cost. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.

  • TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
  • Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas

Check back for more information on Texas Disposal Systems Holiday Tree Recycling event in January that will allow you to recycle your tree and get free mulch back in return.  A recycling Win/Win for 2018


City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

Curbside Collections:

Zilker Park Drop-off:

  • Click here for drop off dates, for volunteer 411, drop off site map, how to get free mulch and more!

[ Green in ATX … ZEROREZ ]

Zerorez 930x218It’s always great for Mama Earth if you can do #1THING. If you’re looking at your carpets, thinking they need a good cleaning for the holidays / New Year!  Well, there is such a #1THING as Eco-Friendly carpet cleaning …  ZEROREZ. 

Patented Green Technology:

  • Green Products – Zero soaps or detergents, safe for you, your pets and family.
  • Electrolyzed Oxidative Water – Our patented system “Empowered Water” FDA Approved – EPA Registered – Leaves Zero dirt attracting residues behind. Carpets stay cleaner longer.

Green Cleaning:

Zerorez carpet cleaning is effective cleaning with safe, non-toxic solutions. As a leader in green cleaning technology, their pre-spray is OMRI listed. OMRI stands for “Organic Materials Review Institute” and is the highest standard when it comes to anything organic. Not only is this pre-spray safe, it also contains no soaps, detergents, or surfactants in order to provide the highest standard: no residue carpet cleaning. The cleaning process is also Platinum rated by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval program (CRI Platinum SOA).

Click here for lots more! It’s #1Thing that also makes ZEROREZ Green in ATX!


[ Keepin’ Holiday Travel Green! ]

Grassssuitecase 775x515You can have a Happy Holiday while making Mama Earth Happy too! Pick Greener ways for holiday travelling to see family & friends like a train, bus ride and carpooling which many times saves on fuel, money and emissions. It’s #1THING that’s a Fantastic Thing to do! Have a Happy & Safe  Green Holiday Season!

EarthShare friends share several tips you can try this holiday season:

  • Choose the greenest travel method: Visit the Sightline Institute to learn about the best travel modes for saving emissions.
  • Pack light
  • Driving? Avoid peak travel times
  • Drive defensively:
  • Maintain your vehiclevehicle maintenance is important for safety, saving Green & being Greener during your travels
  • Flying? Avoid layovers and redeyes.
  • Offset what you can’t avoid:  Calculate your carbon footprint with carbonfund.org
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Find a ride share group near you Try erideshare.com or shareyourride.net

More here…


[ A Global Day of Giving 11/28 ]

Earth HeartTuesday, November 28th is a Global Day of Giving.  It’s the 6th year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.You can give you time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in the ATX area. There are many organizations you could give too.  Many eco-friendly choices too. There are many #1THINGS you could do to help Mama Earth.








[ Saturday- It’s My Park Day! ]

ATXParkdreamstimeshot 775 x 515You can show Big Love for ATX Parks this Saturday (11/4). It’s My Park Day volunteer spots are open to help beautify, clean and care for parks, trails and green spaces in and round the ATX area.
Not only will you get a sweet tee (by Austin’s own Roger’s Design House and Industry Print Shop), you’ll also get lots of great deals when you wear your shirt to places like JuiceLand, Zocalo Cafe, Baby Greens, Shake Shack and Galaxy Cafe! Click here to register and for more 411! It’s a Fantastic #1Thing you can do for ATX and Mama Earth!

[ 9th Annual Amazon in Austin Celebration ]

Amazon in Austin 775x515Rainforest Partnership is hosting an extraordinary Thursday night (10/26) of soul-soothing rainforest sights and sounds, mouthwatering food, and revitalizing drinks. Expect the unexpected at the beautiful and historic 800 CONGRESS! Enjoy a delicious dinner, auction and entertainment by Andean Fusion and Tony Morris, all in support of this amazing locally-headquartered global organization!

Mayor Adler, climate champion, will inspire w/ a speech on importance of Tropical Rainforest Protection. Austin filmmaking legend and Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater’s video interview on the reality of climate change.

Enjoy mouthwatering South American cuisine served by Lima Criolla, with elegant dessert by Barr Mansion and drink from  Tito’s, Materra and Holy Kombucha.

Silent Auction that includes:

  • Walk-on role in a Richard Linklater film
  • Week’s stay at a luxury vacation cottage in Kauia, Hawaii
  • -Week’s stay at a gorgeous Tuscany ranch style home near Marfa, TX
  • Kendra Scott mystery  boxes
    and more..

A  Fabulous #1Thing you can do to help Rainforests and Climate Change.   Get Tickets

Rainforest Partnership’s mission:
To protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.

Climate Change & Rainforests
are the lungs of our planet. Rainforest Partnership joins 90% of scientists who believe in climate change and are concerned by what the future holds.