the garbage warrior

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Hello there! (^^)/

In my previous post, I gave you numbers about the waste and garbage we’re responsible for each year. Let me give you more according to this report:

  • Current global MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) generation levels are approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year, and are expected to increase to approximately 2.2 billion tonnes per year by 2025.
  • Per year, the waste generation in:
  1. East Asia and the Pacific Region is approximately 270 million tonnes.
  2. Eastern and Central Asia is at least 93 million tonnes.
  3. Latin America and the Caribbean is 160 million tonnes.
  4. the Middle East and North Africa is 63 million tonnes.
  5. the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development including European countries, the USA, Australia and New Zealand) countries generate 572 million tonnes of solid waste.

More numbers here about garbage in the US, and an article about how waste continues to grow.

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Unfortunately, it’s gonna be pretty difficult to dispose most of them now and in the future. Especially if we continue to throw “out” so many garbage. There are several solutions, one of them would be to change completely our way to consume in our everyday life (like the glass pot example). Another one was brought by an eco-architect named the Garbage Warrior, completely devoted to sustainable housing.

You’re probably wondering what kind of connection is there? Then let me tell you the story of Michael Reynolds, the true identity of our Garbage Warrior.

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With a pile of garbage problems in front of us, our visionary man thought about something quite peculiar: using them for sustainable housing, or “Earthship biotecture” as he and his followers are defining this new concept:

Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills.

Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.

So what would you do with beer cans and car tires? Build up a home using them to hold the structures and live without any need of household fuels.

How? Well you should watch this amazing documentary by filmmaker Oliver Hodge that explains everything about Michael Reynolds’ concept and adventure.

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For the past 35 years, he’s been developing sustainable housing free of any energy dependence and came up with this way to re-use garbage such as plastic bottles as a thermal insulation and an architectural structure. You can even grow your own food, provide your own water, build it anywhere, treat you own sewage… all with a very small budget.

This kind of building is fast, easy to learn, and reachable to anyone. All in style please. 😉

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An idea that doesn’t suit legislation and US politicians, creating a conflict between our eco-warrior and authorities. Fighting for his eco-living site in New Mexico, he gains recognition for his work after the 2004 tsunami and the hurricane Katrina as he helped people rebuild energy-independent homes by themselves. The perfect solution for this kind of situation.

If you wanna know more, follow his beautiful journey through this must-see portrait filmed by Oliver Hodge. Here’s a small excerpt of the documentary about the tsunami relief project they got into.

You’ll totally see garbage from a different point of view when you discover how we can re-use it. 🙂

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“The word of the future is Logic. Not rules, not regulations, not politics, not religion.
Unadulterated logic is what will get us through.” Michael Reynolds

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