Earthships: Off-grid, self-sufficient homes made from recycled materials

Earthships are innovative, eco-friendly buildings constructed using waste car tyres and other recycled materials.

These buildings use the planet’s natural resources to provide all utilities – using the sun’s energy and rain to provide heat, power and water. They are buildings that heat and cool themselves, harvest their own water and use plants to treat their sewage.

Pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds, the New Mexico desert was the perfect testing ground for the architect’s earthships given its harsh extremes – brutally hot in the summer, freezing in the winter.

Earthships enjoy the weather, regardless of the season. If it’s raining they catch free water, if it’s windy they generate free power and if it’s sunny they are capturing free heat and electricity.

Apart from using all the resources immediately around them, earthships also employ extensive energy efficiency and water conservation measures, ensuring that the rainwater and renewable energy they harvest goes as far as possible.

Earthships are some of the greenest and most economical buildings in the world.

Earthship Global

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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