Architecture by the Garbage Warrior
Do you often look into your bank account and wonder where all the money has gone? It seems before you even touch that juicy paycheck it has slipped through your fingers and into the hands of the landlord and his friend, the money-hungry utility monster, and before you know it there is scarcely enough to buy food for the week. As the cost of living increases, our wallets urge us to seek cheaper means of living.
Enter Mike Reynolds, aka 'Garbage Warrior', who designs houses made of garbage that will come with no bills whatsoever by providing sustainable power, water and, pending a green thumb, food. He is the innovator behind a growing community of self-sufficient, off-the-grid housing in New Mexico. Where you can either build-yourself or stay the night in a house made of of recycled tires and beer bottles. Even in -25 degree snowfall you won't need a single heating device. The houses utilise wind and solar energy while rain and wells provide all your water needs. Got milk? Then a quick trip to the store (aka backyard garden) will fix you up with a fresh supply of fruit and veg. Best of all, while enjoying the free life you won't have to sacrifice comfort. Plug in your ipod/tv/internet connection into the solar panels and you will feel right at home. Who knows? Soon we may all be living on recycled islands too.
By Tim Paris