Turning Trash into Sustainable Treasure
There are plenty of media reports today about the lack of progress in Haiti … and it’s true that 6 months after the country was rocked by a devastating earthquake, there are still too many people suffering and too many critical needs that continue to be unmet. But there are also many organizations working hard to help Haitians get back on solid ground and, importantly, prepare for the future.
Earthship Biotecture designs and builds self-sufficient houses that:
- are constructed using natural and recycled materials (such as cans, bottles and tires),
- heat and cool themselves naturally via solar and thermal dynamics,
- collect their own power from the sun and wind,
- harvest their own water from rain
“Earthships” have been built all over the world – and just a few weeks ago, a small team from Earthship Biotecture traveled to Haiti to start a project there. What started as a reconnaissance mission turned into full-fledged construction, with the following Earthship built in just four days:
The entire building was constructed from garbage found within a mile of the build site; 40 Haitians from the nearby tent city helped to build the earthquake and hurricane-resistant structure, and learned the skills they’ll need to replicate the construction on their own.
The Earthship Biotecture team will return in October to integrate Earthship systems into the structure (water harvesting, solar / wind power, heating and cooling, etc.).
To learn more about the good work Earthship Biotecture is doing, both in Haiti and in other parts for the world, please visit their website.