If you thought you were being green by recycling your trash, try building your home out of it. That’s exactly what architect Michael Reynolds did. There’s an entire community in Taos, New Mexico of these homes (which Reynolds calls “Earthships”) made from things like aluminum cans, tires, glass and other items.
The homes use wind and solar power and reuse rainwater and sewage. They are 100% off-the-grid. South facing windows draw in the maximum amount of sunlight for sustaining indoor plants and heating purposes.
Reynolds has taken self-sustainability to a whole new level. According to him, the community is set up to have about 130 homes and there are currently around 65.
He hopes that whether Earthships are carried on forever or not, people will at least catch on to the concept of reusing materials to build.
Whether you feel Reynolds is an architectural genius, or just an old hippy building from scraps, you have to admit that his creations are stunning and about as environmentally friendly as you can get.
These homes may not be your cup of tea, but you know what they say—one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.