Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Earthship close-up
Originally uploaded by the beev.
An earthship is a sustainable house. All its energy needs are met by small-scale hydro, wind and solar power. The water is filtered rainwater and the heating is stored when the sun shines and slowly released by the walls when it is cold. The front of the (south-facing) house is a greenhouse with tomatoes growing in it. The earthship even takes care of its own sewage treatment.

This is an experiment in Scotland. As a house like this has never been built here before, it remains to be seen whether it will be warm enough to live in during winter.


  • Sounds an interesting project. I stayed in a similar construction (although mostly timber framed rather than stone) at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth while at university in Bangor. There were two kinds of w.c., one which had the sewege filtered through a number o reed beds and the other had a big drop into a pit which you just sprinkled saw dust on after doing your business, which in time became compost. The house was built on a big slope so there was a quite a drop thankfully.
    Sorry, got a bit carried away there. The centre's website is

    By Blogger Rhys Wynne, at 3:54 PM  

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