I’m friends with the band Cake (on facebook ;). They always post these interesting articles about politics or the environment. Today I just read an article they posted about Earthships and I’m hooked. They look pretty fantastic, they’re cheap, and COMPLETELY sustainable.
You can check out the article here: http://www.highexistence.com/10-reasons-why-earthships-are-fing-awesome/
Basically these mud, adobe looking dwellings are simply built out of used tires, dirt, empty soda bottles and other recycled materials. They definitely look sci-fi and futuristic but also earthy and hobbit like. The earthship.com website sure makes it sound easy and afforable to make your own. They even tell you that once you’ve got your earthship up and running you won’t be paying any bills and might not have to worry about money the same way so you can focus on really living. Another huge perk. They have a lovely graphic in the article that shows how rain water is used through out the house for all of your needs and your indoor greenhouses needs. Reading about how awesome they are makes me want to build one for everyone in my family. And then go out and travel the world building them for people in need. A new calling? Maybe…
What’s really wonderful is that these homes can be built anywhere and they say anyone can do it. A cheapo basic model is about 7 grand and the higher end models run about 70 grand. Well considering my non sustainable, 113 year old, boxy homestead is definitely more than 70 grand, it looks like we can afford it. Now how do I convince my husband to build us a home out of used tires, dirt, and soda bottles…?
Here are some more pics inside and out of my new dream home (courtesy of wikipedia):