Boulderganic

Boulder company comes clean on green

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When Greg Macchia of Boulder told his wife, Courtney, that he was going to start a cleaning business, she laughed...

Tour de Coops brings farming home

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If you’ve ever wondered if your backyard could sustain something more than grass and a hammock, Boulder’s first Tour de Coops event on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. will be a great way to find out...

From beetle-kill pine to pellet stove fuel

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  It was sorrow that compelled Rosalie Bianco to act...

Loving to grow

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It`s a little pocket of greenery, an unpainted fence, a worn driveway leading off the west side of Boulder’s North Broadway, up a slope to a strip of scruffy industrial buildings...

Tips for keeping summer eco-sweet

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This week’s column has a particular summer focus on all things environmental, sustainable and organic. Keeping the stink out — If you participate in Boulder County’s alternate-week curbside compost pick-up you may have noticed the collection bin can get ...

Getting in (recycled) gear for the outdoors

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Climbing, hiking, biking, camping, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, kayaking — enjoying environmental recreation to the fullest often means there’s a lot of gear that goes with it. And it’s the kind of gear that can wind up in landfills or incinerators when it’s ...

The return of Alfalfa’s

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A long with Boulder landmarks like McGuckin Hardware and the Boulder Book Store, Alfalfa’s grocery remained a local standby for 13 years. Locals were crushed when the store, which pioneered the model for natural foods supermarkets, was bought by Wild Oats in 1996. ...

Homegrown and recycled

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There`s something special about innovative products made of recycled materials that are created by people challenged to turn their eco-convictions into a business. Especially when those products are Colorado-produced goods, because that kind of industry supports...

Discarded, but not broken-arted

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Behind a blank facade in one of North Boulder’s industrial strip malls is a room vibrant with color, conversations and the noise of artisans turning out small, quirky masterpieces of recycled goodness. This is Sweetbird Studio, creative home of a Hygiene ...

Keeping recycling in the family

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After he retired from masonry construction in 1989, Robert Barlow decided he’d use his free time for a little business, buying and selling cans and other discarded aluminum. The modest Boulder business soon expanded to cover other kinds of metals, but it has the...

Recycling the hard-to-recycle

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Whether you have a recyclables pick-up service or you use a collection center, there are probably still times when you wonder, “Where do I recycle this?” Like that box of old paint cans, or out-of-date textbooks that not even thrift Charmaine Ortega Getz shops ...

Bike share pedals into Boulder

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A city that has more than 300 miles of bikeways is a cyclist’s dream. Now the bike-friendly city of Boulder has decided to create a bike-share program that gets people out of their cars and on the seat of a bike. According to Marni Ratzel, bicycle/ pedestrian ...