10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome
Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!
1) Sustainable does not mean primitive
When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…
2) Free Food
Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.
3) Brilliant Water Recycling
Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.
4) Warmth & Shelter
The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).
This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.
The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.
Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.
With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.
Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?
7) Easy to build
At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.
If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.
Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.
With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.
9) Made of recycled materials
Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.
If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.
The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.
10) Think Different
The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?
It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.
Think Earthships are cool? Me too. That’s why I’ve joined up with some people to create a community of Earthships and to make sustainable communities go mainstream! It’s something we call the Valhalla Movement.
This originally appeared on: HighExistence
This is going to be my future home.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
tag your extreme horror please
WE WATCHED THIS IN HISTORY CLASS DURING MY SENIOR YEAR AND I THINK OUT OF ALL OF US MY TEACHER LAUGHED THE LOUDEST
Gonna watch this again right now!
one of my all-time faves
|Brain:||You're seriously eating again? Wow.|
|Brain:||It's ten o'clock at night. Do you need that bowl of cereal?|
|Brain:||God, can you see that? You need to get rid of all that fat.|
|Brain:||Look at your thighs. Why isn't there a gap between them, hm?|
|Brain:||Do you know how much you fucking ate today?|
|Brain:||Well? What are you waiting for? Go throw up!|
|Brain:||That boy's never going to like you. Boys don't like fat girls.|
|Brain:||Skinny people don't eat. It's simple.|
|Brain:||Why did you just eat that? Go on, stick a toothbrush down your throat.|
|Brain:||You are such a fat ass.|
|Brain:||You see that? You see that muffin top? Yeah, that's gotta go.|
|Brain:||Oh, and the fat on your arms too.|
|Brain:||And don't forget your nasty thighs.|
|Brain:||I bet people look at you and call you a whale.|
|Brain:||That's what you are! A fat whale!|
|Brain:||You see that girl over there? Why can't you be skinny like her?|
|Brain:||No boy will ever like you. You're too fat. You need to lose weight.|
|Brain:||130 pounds? Are you fucking kidding me? That sounds like a fucking elephant.|
|Brain:||You need to be at least eighty five.|
|Brain:||Lie. Say you've eaten today.|
|Brain:||Tell them you aren't hungry.|
|Brain:||You'd better not do this again tomorrow.|
|Brain:||Feel that? Feel your jeans squeezing? Yeah, that's what happens to fat people.|
|Brain:||You're never going to be good enough, I hope you realize that.|
|Brain:||Fine. Be fat. See if I care when you can't get up out of bed because your fat ass can't move.|
|Brain:||Uhm, excuse me? No, you aren't hungry. Don't you dare fucking ask for food.|
|Brain:||You just want water.|
|Brain:||Boy, that looks good, doesn't it? Well you can't fucking eat it.|
|Brain:||You're such a fat ass.|
|Brain:||No, you don't have a disorder. You've got everything under control.|
Geotagged Tweets mentioning “Ferguson” and key terms, CDT
You absolutely must click through to see the whole thing if only b/c I couldn’t make a gif that included the entire world map.
This is important. Where the media is shut out or willfully indifferent, the internet keeps the discussion going.
Lewis’s law is an observation she made in 2012 that states “the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.” Lewis has written frequently about misogynist hate directed at women online.
Can we just repeat that a few more times,
“The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.”
“The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.”
bolded is important
This HR dept doesn’t negotiate with Terrorists.
The ending is worth clicking for.
- robert downey jr. can sing
- jeremy renner can sing
- scarlett johannson can sing
- chris evans can sing
- mark ruffalo can sing
- chris hemsworth can sing
- tom hiddleston can sing
joss whedon, where is my avengers musical. i know you’ve got it in you. and i know you want it just as bad as i do. i sincerely hope that was part of the contract you just signed.
PUT THAT SHAWARMA BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM OR SO HELP ME
I HAVE TO REBLOG THIS AGAIN FOR THAT LINE OMG