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Save that apple core for the compost, it could save a life!

Compost MYTH: It is alright to toss an apple core out the window. It will break down and help the environment right? Compost Answer: It would be much better to save the apple core or other biodegradable waste for your indoor vermicomposting bin or your outdoor compost pile. Besides setting a really bad example by…

Bees and Shrimp are in the same boat (and it is sinking)

Here is another reason to keep your bees in town. Dennis Murrell of BeeNatural talks about being Malathioned. I remember our bees getting overspray from soybeans planted across the road when I was growing up and the resulting pile of dead bees in front of the hives was heart wrenching. Crop dusting specifically andchemically addictedagribusiness…

Saving the world should be easy

This is an idea that is long overdue. The key to recycling anything on a massive scale is to make it easy. Landfiling should be hard. Recycling should be easy. In a large office there should be a recycling bin at every office or cube. You should have to walk to a central area to…

I want my Gulf of Mexico back.

Since our short to middle term plan involves living on a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico current events have real meaning to us. While the video is certainly funny we are talking about the ecological death of an entire ocean. The Gulf of Mexico is an irreplaceable ecosystem the loss of which cannot be…

E-delivery can save the world and protect you from identity theft.

That is right, I said protect you from identity theft. Increase your safety. Do you think having paper documents mailed to you increases your security from information theft? Do you refuse to conduct financial transactions electronically because the internet isn’t safe? How sad for you. You are taking tremendous unnecessary risks every day because you…

Nature Photography in Rocky Mountain National Park

Our recent day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park was one of our best ever for wildlife photography and viewing. We publish photographs of the natural world on this blog not only to share the incredible beauty of nature with you, but to remind you of exactly why we are so obsessed with saving the world.

The three best things you can do for the planet, no matter who you are and where you live.

1) Start a worm bin in order to covert a third of your waste stream into something that helps the planet. 2) Never, ever again use a disposable bag for carrying home something you purchase. 3) Walk or Bike somewhere everyday. It is not hard to save the planet, commit to it now, never look…

Adventures in Kombucha making

The first hurdle was finding a brewing container. After much research, we decided to use the continuous brew method. Continuous brew results in a more consistent flavor and contains more of the complex compounds such as B-vitamins, antioxidants, and glucaric acids to which many health benefits are attributed. For continuous brew you need a moderate…

Kombucha: The golden elixir

I remember it like it was yesterday. One Saturday afternoon we were sitting in the cafe at our local Whole Foods market, preparing to dig into our lunch purchases. We had each grabbed a different flavor of GT Dave’s Kombucha, mine was the Multi-Green and Kevin’s was the Cosmic Cranberry. Our journey was about to…

The easiest thing you can do to save the World

As part of the master composter program through Denver Urban Gardens we were required to take a tour of a landfill near Denver. This experience should be mandatory for school children nationwide. The worst thing about the trip was not the stench, the seagulls, the sheer size of the endless wasteland, or the continuous stream…

who we are:

Backyard Ecosystem began as an expression of my determination to make a difference in our own backyard. Literally and metaphorically making a difference at the micro level of my yard and to operate at macro level of treating the entire planet as something I am an integral part of and whose destiny is shaped everyday by what I do in my corner of the world.

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