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Texas Reusable Bag Art Contest


The deadline to submit artwork is Friday (Mar 25)

ATLANTA ­– Young Texans will get a chance to create the latest design for the official reusable bag for the iconic Don’t mess with Texas campaign.

New in 2022, we aim to inspire younger generations of the Don’t mess with Texas Reusable Bag Art Contest to keep their home state litter-free. Texas students, grades K-12, are invited to create original artwork that embodies and promotes the Don’t mess with Texas anti-litter message.

We will feature the winning design on reusable bags distributed at events across Texas.

“Teaching children about the harmful effects of litter on the environment is an important life lesson that will follow them into adulthood and can have a long-lasting effect on our state,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas campaign. 

For you to enter the Don’t mess with Texas Reusable Bag Art Contest, artwork must be a hand drawn, two-dimensional original artwork by a student in grades K-12 in public, private, charter, or home school. To upload or mail an entry, visit Applications must be received via online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. (CDT) on Mar 25.

One grand prize winner and three runners-up will see their artwork featured on Don’t mess with Texas reusable bags. The grand prize winner will also receive a $100 H-E-B gift card and an exclusive and branded Don’t mess with Texas trash barrel for their school campus. All student winners will also receive a Don’t mess with Texas branded merchandise prize pack. Additionally, one selected classroom teacher from each of the four student winners will receive a $100 H-E-B gift card. 

Don’t mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, annual “Trash-Off” community outreach events, and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program.

Don’t mess with Texas® is a registered trademark of the Texas Department of Transportation.