- In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt
Stay in an Earthship
Ever dream of getting away from it all? Perhaps you should consider living in—or even building—an Earthship. These off-grid/mostly off-grid dwellings are some of the greenest and most economical buildings in the world, and are made from recycled materials such as glass bottles, old tires, reclaimed wood and plenty of elbow grease. It is a home that is entirely self sufficient and has its own little ecosystem allowing those who live in them to exist off the grid.
An Earthship addresses six principles or human needs: 1) Thermal/solar heating and cooling, 2) solar and wind electricity, 3) contained sewage treatment, 4) building with natural and recycled materials, 5) water harvesting, and 6) food production.
The Earthship concept began to take shape in the 1970s. The architect Michael Reynolds wanted to create a home that would do three things: first, it would utilize sustainable architecture, and material indigenous to the local area or recycled materials wherever possible; second, the homes would rely on natural energy sources and be independent from the "grid"; thirdly, it would be feasible for a person with no specialized construction skills to build. Eventually, Reynolds's vision was transformed into the common U-shaped earth-filled tire homes seen today.