An earthship is a low impact cutting edge building that is constructed using waste car tyres and other recycled materials.
Originally developed by Michael Reynolds, the earthship design incorporates a solar window in the entire south wall, and the north side is dug into the ground, giving it an almost earth-sheltered design. Using the planets natural systems to provide all utilities, earthship buildings heat and cool themselves, harvest their own water, and use plants to treat sewage. Earthships can accommodate the weather regardless of the season and they employ extensive energy efficiency. By working with the landscape to build an earthship you can end up with a structure that blends comfortably into the surrounding area, with a smaller ecological footprint.