Say Hello to Earthships!Eco living, Dec 31, 2011
Is this not the COOLEST house you have ever seen?! The best part - it's made out of trash. Old tires, beer bottles, you name it. Earth ships date back to the 1970s and there is a whole community of them in Taos, New Mexico. They are completely off-grid, meaning no fossil fuels, no gas bills, and you can live anywhere. A friend introduced these to me back in June (thank you!). I have since watched a documentary about the architect - Michael Reynolds - called Garbage Warrior.
The crux of earthships is biotecture - sustainable architecture built on the idea of using what nature has already given us without abusing it. The foundation of these homes is simple - tires, old soda cans and beer bottles filled with dirt as insulation. Rain water is caught and re-used four times. Sewage is treated onsite and reused through treatment cells. Homes come with their own heating and cooling systems, partially through creative design tricks (such as merely facing south to catch the strongest rays, or angling windows). Best of all, these homes can survive in any climate.
Earthships are great because they can be largely DIY and built cheaply.
The Taos headquarters offers training programs throughout the year and there are seminars in a number of cities globally. See here for more information. There are also great Youtube videos at this EarthShips channel. Happy building!