What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony.
However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes.
Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.
This may not be useful to many of you. Most of our rural members likely live in conventional housing or in cities where zoning would not allow this. I've seen these in the southwest.
It's a possibility that utility structures could be made out of these materials without using much timber. Some of the finished structures looked conventional. Although this is labor intensive, the possibilities for some thermal capacity is there with low cost (sweat equity) living.
Yes, this is near subsistence style, not worthy of everyone's time, so I put the length in the thread title as suggested in Meta, and this description so no one will waste their time if this is not feasible for them. Just a documentary about people that hope to avoid debt, which some people are dead set against because of the foreclosure crisis and an uncertain employment picture. Hope those that choose to watch will enjoy it.