Earthships are homes made out of waste

Earthships – Taos, NM

Michael Reynolds is an architect, innovator, and founder of Earthships. For more than three decades, he has been using recycled materials to build self-sufficient, off-the-grid housing. When Michael looks at waste, he sees raw materials for sustainable living– structures that might someday shelter large numbers of people. By putting elbow grease behind his vision, Earthships can be found in all fifty states and around the world. He feels that these Earthships are not only homes but symbolic ships that sail on the seas of tomorrow.

earthships how to build out of wasteThey’re called earthships because the word house already has preconceived ideas in people’s minds we wanted to make the point that these are not houses their machines their ships that will sail on the seas of tomorrow. If you came here from another planet you would see these tires all over the place and you’d see trees too you would then determine well trees burn termite eat them plus this planet desperately in needs trees one tree is worth a thousand politicians.”

We invented garbage there is no such thing as waste or garbage in nature with plants and animals it’s only in our scheme of things that that is an issue,” stated Reynolds.

2 Responses to “Earthships are homes made out of waste”

  1. Frank Zucco January 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    This is great. Very concise films that inspire and give useful direction as well. Thanks Shantel!

  2. Ben Ridge January 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Great site Shantel!
    For 3 weeks this past summer, Heather and I got the opportunity to help build a school in Guatemala, using as much “waste” material as possible. They are trying to help solve the community trash problems there (they dump their trash into a beautiful ravine in the middle of town).
    This relates to this video because Michael Reynolds and crew went down to the same place this past November to help build an Earthship for an abandoned mother and her children.
    Check it out:

    If you ever get down there, you gotta check it out.


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