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An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires). Michael Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, is the originator and he started out experimenting with this type of house design in the 1970’s.
Earthships are intended to be “off-the-grid ready” homes, with minimal reliance on both public utilities and fossil fuels and a high degree of self-sufficiency when it comes to water, heat and electricity.