Well, not literally, but Michael Reynolds has managed to take the Earthship concept and it's stories to the masses, and with the help of a little Facebook and a bit of web blasting, people are thinking this way more and more. If you don't know, here is the Story you've been missing:
Separating aluminum, paper and plastic trash for recycling is the kind of green most people are familiar with.In the Greater World Earthship Community, everything from the rooftop rainwater catching system to the indoor vegetable garden to the passive solar architecture is of the extreme shade of eco-consciousness.
Located about 15 miles from Taos, N.M., the nation's first subdivision of Earthships - homes made of dirt-rammed tires, discarded glass bottles and thick adobe - rises out of the desert like a mirage.
But this is no fleeting illusion. Earthship Biotecture, which is the company behind the Earthship, is steadily marching toward its goal of changing the world with radical yet efficient designs that enable people to not only build houses out of what many consider garbage, but also live off the electrical grid - all in an oasis of comfort.
Harmony in housing
"It's everything people want, as far as amenities, without the constant bills. It's freeing. It's like the true American dream," says Griffin Davis.
For the past year, Davis has been studying building techniques as an intern at Earthship Biotecture, which is part of the Greater World Earthship Community, a subdivision founded in 1994 by New Mexico-resident Michael Reynolds. He's considered the guru of taking the Earthship model beyond the norm of using recycled and natural materials in construction to complete lifestyle sustainability.
"I've been fascinated with the idea," said Rob Lamborn, a Fort Carson soldier who recently stopped by Earthship Biotecture's visitors' center near Taos. "It's a miraculous concept: Out of waste materials you can easily provide your own shelter, power, water and food supply.
"It's also visually stunning, being in harmony with the natural environment in a self-sustaining building with no grid infrastructure."
The visitors' center, which attracts as many as 100 people a day from around the nation, is a working model. The company also offers training for anyone interested in learning how to build an Earthship. And it supplies teams that do "humanitarian builds" of Earthships for people in struggling countries such as Haiti and Malawi, and others in need, including Hurricane Katrina victims.
"It's not the answer to all our problems, but I feel like it's a means to getting there," Davis said. "You can throw in words like 'sustainable' and 'green,' but what it really is, is logical. It just makes sense."
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