This home uses one of the world’s biggest waste problems as it’s basic building material. Can you guess what that is? The result is an incredibly strong, thermally stable home. BTW… it can also look fantastic as you can see here!
The answer is tires! Lots of them! Which is a much better use than the 30+ million that go into landfill every year in the USA alone! Just try to imagine what 30 million tires look like… and that’s a yearly challenge that can only intensify as more of the world becomes mobile.
The homes aim to be totally self-sustaining and very low carbon using locally sourced and on-site materials whenever possible. Bottles are also a very common component of earthships, adding both light and decoration at low cost. These homes really are ‘trashy’ :-D
Earthships are strong, durable, and safe. They are also labour-intensive to build but, conversely, low maintenance when completed. They are the ultimate DIY project if you have time but a tight budget. And, of course, a lot of friends and an extended family can also make a big difference.
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Earthship Village Ecologies in Taos, New Mexico
Earthship Visitor Center
Earthship Homes in Canada
The Nautilus Earthship
The Phoenix Earthship
Batug Windship in the Philippines
Brighton Earthship in England