A quick and easy guide to building with glass bottles.
Recycling glass bottles is a great way to create a stunning and unique wall in your home, shed or garden.
They are easy to make and with such a variety of colours and shapes out there, so many different designs can be made!
This is a building construction style which usually uses glass bottles (although mason jars, glass jugs, and other glass containers may be used also) as masonry units and binds them using adobe, sand, cement, stucco, clay, plaster, mortar or any other joint compound. This results in an intriguing stained-glass like wall. An alternative is to make the bottle wall from glass jugs filled with ink and set them up by supporting them between 2 windows. Read More
Each year, nearly 300 million tires are disposed of in the U.S. alone. The EPA estimates that markets exist for approximately 80 percent of those tires, leaving an estimated 60 million scrap tires to be stockpiled or landfilled.
Luckily, the market for scrap tires continues to increase. Whether used as fuel, ground and recycled into new products, retreaded or used in civil engineering projects, their rate of recycling and reuse continues to climb.
One such method of reuse is beginning to gain popularity among eco-friendly builders: building with tires.
Earthship workshops – January 2015 in South Australia
workshops Monday 5 January – Saturday 24 January 2015
This may be the final Earthship Ironbank Workshop! The focus will be; rendering with lime and earth plasters, floor construction (earth and polished concrete), and there are a few more tyres to pound on the tyre tank.
There will be three workshops starting on Mondays and finishing on Saturdays (no work on Sundays). You can come for as many as you like.
There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.
Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More
Here’s one of the most magnificent Earthship bottle walls to date. Expert Earthship bottle wall artist Heather Konz developed the free form pattern to be able to make the wall go up quickly without waiting for more bottle bricks of specific colors to be made.
A time lapse film clip capturing a two week workshop of an Earthship build in Northern Rivers, Australia. 2013.
Thanks to all those involved.
Workshop run by Terraeden Biotecture.
Music: Led Zeppelin “Achilles Last Stand”
Edited by: Lucy Scott
Earthship Biotecture will be host a benefit seminar Sunday (Aug. 18) for those interested in learning more about building while aiding a good cause.
The Earthship workshop is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewery.
The event will comprise of an all-day seminar with Mike Reynolds, Phil Basehart and the Earthship staff and crew. This will be followed by live music at 7 p.m. and other activities such as a raffle and family events. Read More