Tag Archive: Landfill reduction

From Here to Eternity, and Beyond: The Garage Sale

Just in case you didn’t know, we have recently made some huge changes. In the planning since the beginning of this year, we decided to relocate to a warmer climate. The cold weather in Denver last year was just too much for me and Kevin, being from the south, was also ready to move on….

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…

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…

What is your #1 question about composting?

We’ve all had them. And I really want to know. You compost now, but it might not be going so well. Or you know that composting is one of the easiest things you can do to save the world, but don’t know how to get started. Or You have been composting for years but you…

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…

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…

Even worms want to save the world.

One sunny afternoon three summers ago, Kevin and I were tidying up the backyard in preparation for our joint birthday party. We were both turning older than dirt that year and thought we would have a big soiree and invite all our friends to celebrate, check out the garden, and see my latest artwork. While…

Why you need to compost, even if you have a green bin.

Many municipalities now offer a third (after garbage and recycling) or green bin for composting. And while this is a very good thing it is not a substitute for urban individual compost piles. Your grass, houseplants, vegetable garden, herb garden, and flower garden need compost. Desperately. The single best thing you can do for soil…

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…

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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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