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In today’s uncertain times, people are beginning to rethink the American Dream that was sold to us by the Baby Boomer generation. Buying a home in the suburbs while being a loyal employee at one company until early retirement is generally a thing of the past. Many millennials are reimagining their futures through design and architecture. One type of architecture that is gaining more popularity is called an earthship. Here are 8 reasons you should consider living in one.

1. Earthships look fucking cool!

I mean, see for yourself:

Green earthship

2.  You can grow your own food.

The architecture of an earthship makes organic food production easy. According to Earthship Biotecture’s official website:

“A fundamental concept of Earthships is that gray water from the sink or tub is recycled and purified by feeding into an indoor planter before being used to flush the toilet.”

Having a household farmer’s market sounds like a dream.

Inside an earthship

3. Your electricity bill would be almost non-existent.

Earthships harness electrical energy from the sun and the wind, which means less money spent on your monthly bills. Pretty cool huh?

solar panels

4. You won’t worry about wasting water.

Earthships gather water from rain and snow, which is caught from the roof and sanitized. This has incredible implications as water continues to become a scarce resource.

Earthship water collector

5. You can recycle in style.

The major construction material used to create an Earthship’s exterior is rubber tires. Earthships also allow you to implement innovative interior design ideas out of items like beer bottles and aluminum cans. Although the main materials used to build earthships are crazy cheap, the materials prove to be resilient and durable over time.

Earthships are made from tires!

Inside an earthship

6. You can have a new concept of what it means to be “at one” with nature.

Taos, New Mexico, is currently considered the earthship capital and boasts of beautiful desert landscapes year-round. Since earthships are built to be completely sustainable, they rely on the natural world to maintain the life cycle of the house.


7. You can prepare yourself for the Trumpocalypse.

What better way to prepare for the crashing Western economy than to live in a completely self-sustaining home?

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 8. You can build with others.

Earthships provide the perfect platform for collaboration and cooperative living. Who says you have to go at it alone? Particularly as the government becomes increasingly aggressive, we will need to build cooperative communities in order to thrive. As an African proverb once said, “If you want to go far, go together.”

Building an earthship


Heather was born in Chicago and raised in Pasadena, California and proudly claims Oakland as her adopted home. She has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Smith College (proud Smithie), and a Masters in Education Leadership from New York University. Heather's spent the past decade working in the field of educational equity and advocacy. She currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and manages a blog called What's Happening Black Oakland? She also contributes to Blavity, a blog for black millennials. Heather's committed to writing interesting and relevant stories that aren't being covered by the mainstream media, while straying away from the single story that is usually imposed on people of color. In her free time she enjoys traveling and going to live shows.

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