THEY ARE BUILT WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS An Earthship is built out of various
These recycled materials are used as building components: TIRES ALUMINIUM CANS PLASTIC BOTTLES GLASS BOTTLES METAL SHEETS CARDBOARD
TIRES & CARDBOARD The walls are constructed by stacking rows of tires filled with compacted soil on top of each other and displace them. They form large, load-bearing walls that are virtually indestructible. A well-filled tire weighs over 135 kg. The walls are then covered with several layers of cement plaster on the inside and the outside wall is covered
Wall under construction
with more compacted soil. Recycled cardboard is used in the base of the tires to keep the earth from falling out.
ALUMINIUM CANS & PLASTIC BOTTLES Aluminum cans and plastic bottles are used to build walls inside the house. These walls are built by using cans as bricks and alternating with one layer of cement, just like a traditional brick wall. Cans and bottles are used in order to minimize the amount of cement that is needed.
Can wall under construction
Finish can walls
Glass bottles are used to build walls that are not bearing. These are constructed by placing layers of cement and glass bottles on top of each other. The ends of two glass bottles are taped together in order to let light through. With glass bottles, you can create beautiful designs that are a decorative element in the architecture.
Glass wall under construction
Finish glass wall
M E TA L S H E E T S
Metal sheets from old refrigerators and other electric appliances can be recycled and used to decorate the building. Not all buildings use recycled metal panels, but it is an option.
Metal sheets used as roofing material
An Earthship is built out of various recycled materials.