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tires considered a green building material?

“The reason tires are not considered a green building material anymore is because the technique originated in a time when there was no way to recycle tires, so they simply went to landfills. Today there are tire recycling programs all over the world. Old tires are made into new tires, and every time a tire is not recycled, it drives up the price of new tires and more raw materials must be extracted.” –Cowichan Valley Clay


“thats funny… sounds like a comment from the right about how wind farms decrease the amount of wind in the atmosphere… […]

By |July 20th, 2015|

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Cash for Trash on National Geographic

In more ways than we know, our lives are built on trash. If you stacked up all the world’s old junkyard tires, they would reach to the moon and back. So what can we do with them all? How about building houses.

 Invented by architect Michael Reynolds of Taos, New Mexico, Earthships are custom-built, off-the-grid houses built from recycled materials, like recycled bottles (pictured), aluminum cans, used tires, pieces of cardboard – even old fridge doors. […]

By |April 28th, 2015|

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Earthship-Festival in Köln Holweide

Zur Feier des #earthday war das noch3 Team am Earthship-Festival in Köln Holweide mit gutem Essen und functional Training auch vertreten. #eatclean #traindirty #noch3 #earthday #earthship #easyearthshipcrew #cologne
A photo posted by Noch3 Performance Center (@noch3_performance) on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:13pm PDT

By |April 23rd, 2015|

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Earth Rammed Tire Walls

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.


By |January 26th, 2015|

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Prelude to an Earthship. Philadelphia Tire Pounding Workshop

How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship ( Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities ( and PhillyEarth ( will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.
All details and sign up info at the Facebook event:


By |January 28th, 2013|

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Taos County agreement could supply earthship tires, save taxpayer expense

Colin Jenkinson says he and his fellow crew members have become pretty adept at scavenging used tires for building walls on Earthships. For years, crews would scour shops or backyards looking for tires, and haul them to the Earthship community west of the Río Grande Gorge.
A pending agreement with Taos County could make getting used tires much easier, while at the same time saving taxpayers the cost of getting rid of them.
The county has proposed a contract under which the Solid Waste Department would take used tires from its collection sites and deliver them directly to the Earthship community. The goal is to reduce tipping fees at the regional landfill, and cut the time and cost of having to slit and bale tires.
“It’s ideal,” says architect Mike Reynolds, creator of the Earthship concept and founder of Earthship Biotecture.


By |September 17th, 2012|

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Earthship tire wall goes through an earthquake

from Earthship Chile
I’m from Chile two weeks ago we had an earthquake of 6/7 richter, our tire wall stand without problems and our wall is just tires no concrete on it … enough evidence for me that Earthships are earthquake-proof .
Sorry about my English not mi native language hope you understand.
Greetings from Chile.

By |April 28th, 2012|

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How to Pound a Tire

the Primary Building Block:

Rammed Earth Encased in Steel Belted Rubber provides the major structure and performance of the earthship.

These building blocks are arranged to form the main load-bearing walls of the building.

This building block is an automobile tire rammed with packed earth. Another way to describe it is rammed earth encased in steel belted rubber.


By |April 19th, 2012|

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Battering Tires for a Wall Made of Rammed Earth Encased in Steel Belted Rubber.

Brief overview from the field about battering tires in a wall made of rammed earth encased in recycled steel belted rubber, aka: ‘tire walls.’


By |April 18th, 2012|

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Mullumbimby Australia Tire Pounding Workshop
Join Earthship Biotecture creators Michael and Jonah Reynolds with the team at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens on their first Earthship tyre pounding and the beginning of a demonstration wall. Learn and assist in this simple yet revolutionary construction method which is specific to Earthship buildings–pounding tyres to form a durable thermal mass wall. All people with a genuine interest are encouraged to attend this workshop.


By |March 22nd, 2012|

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