The Earthships of New Mexico Are Next Level Sustainable Living.
I used to think I was an environmentally friendly person. Then I visited the Earthships of New Mexico and realize Im a total slacker.
Ive long practiced reduce, reuse, recycle habits. I try not to use plastic if I can avoid it and conserve water, paper, and electricity in a dozen ways. This is nothing compared to what Earthship dwellers are doing. These people and their houses are a showcase to next-level sustainable living enthusiasm. But theyre also probably a little out there.
Whats an Earthship?
In brief, an Earthship is a type of passive sustainable housing. Theyre also called solar earth shelters, and theyre predominately made of natural and upcycled materials. Theyre also creative art projects. Earthships can support life completely off the grid. And thats probably where it starts to get weird.
These places are so great! I definitely want to visit a few of these homes on my New Mexico visit next year!
Im in the high desert of NM and live in an area with lots of alternative building - earthships, strawbale, adobe and rammed earth. My boyfriend used to be a contractor so he and I built my place - its frame covered in redwood.
Almost all were built by women in the 90s as building inspection was very lax out here back then. Most of the earthships have interior walls of cement/plaster covering soda cans. I made some retaining walls and stairs with cans. Back in the 90s we were mostly all off grid. Im one of the few that connected my panels to grid. All are facing south with lots of windows (including mine) for passive solar heat in winter.
I remember seeing a variation of these out in and around Death Valley years and years ago. One had walls made of old whiskey bottles. The insulating properties are ingenious.
They seem so efficient and utilitarian. I can't wait to see one up close.
The monsoons came big time - it's like I'm living in a green wonderland of wildflowers and weeds. I've lived out here over 20 yrs, and this is the most rain we have ever had in summer. Everyone out here is growing pot now because we can, and we have to worry about mold because there is so much rain - go figure.