Innovative architects and companies are turning discarded items such as bottles, tires and jeans into earth-friendly building materials. And the results are anything but ugly.
By Leah L. Culler of MSN Real Estate
Can you build a house from beer cans? That’s the question that inspired Michael Reynolds to start constructing homes from trash in 1969.
More than 40 years later, his “Earthship” home design is used all over the world — and it’s just one example of how designers are reusing materials to build homes. An Earthship is a self-sustaining home that requires little heating or cooling and generates its own electricity and water. Earthships use readily available waste materials, including used tires and glass bottles. But it all started with beer cans — and a couple of journalists. (Bing: What do “Earthship” homes look like?)