Earthship Workshop with Michael Reynolds

Here is an invitation to join Michael Reynolds, creator of the Earthship concept, for an Earthship workshop. The two-day hands-on Earthship Biotecture Workshop will be held on April 12, 13, 14, 2013 at Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood, California, 90027. Tickets are $200 a piece and seating is limited, so hurry if you want to attend.

Shower room in earthship uses recycled glass bottles

Recycled glass bottles in shower room wall

The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Building with Natural and Recycled Materials
  • Solar/Thermal Heating and Cooling
  • Solar and Wind Electricity
  • Water Harvesting
  • Contained Sewage Treatment
  • Interior Food Production
  • Hands-on tire-pounding session

These workshops have been presented all over the world by Michael Reynolds who has spent 40 years of research and development into self-sufficient housing made from recycled materials.

Here’s an overview of the 2012 Event in Melbourne, Australia.

Tickets available at

If you can’t attend the Hollywood Earthship Workshop, there’s another one Stockholm, Sweden on April 19-21 and further dates available on the Earthship website.

solar gain in earthship

Solar gain in earthship

What is an Earthship?

An Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. For the past 40 years, Earthships have been, and continue to be built throughout the world, constantly being improved upon, incorporating every aspect of sustainability.

They have proven comfortable in any climate, any landscape, any size and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.


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Photos credit: London Permaculture / / CC BY-NC-SA

EcoStreet ♥ recycled Hub Cap Creatures

I’ve always admired the dragon made of recycled hubcaps that adorns the wall above the entrance desk at the Westy, my local arts and music centre. To my delight, the last time I visited to see a show, Ptolemy Elrington, the creator of the hubcap dragon was exhibiting his recycled creations there.

In my opinion, this is the most creative possible use of discarded hubcaps. Saves them from decorating the side of the road or just ending up in landfill. Ptolemy says:

Hubcaps, for instance. Aesthetic in purpose but ultimately of very little use. They’re automatically rubbish when on the side of the road, but with a little effort and imagination I transform them into something which gives people a great deal more pleasure.

My fish try to say things about our wasteful society and about our prejudices towards value. Hopefully they will encourage people to reconsider before they discard something which apparently has no purpose.

Here are a couple of my favourite recycled hubcap works of art:

recycled hubcap art

wild boar made from recycled hub caps

Visit to see more of Ptolemy’s fascinating creations.

Join the #BagBrigade to make Black Friday Greener…

I just joined the #BagBrigade at The Green Life Online and pledged to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will take to the shops and just think of all the plastic bags that don’t have to be used. Plastic bags have never been so un-fashionable. And for good reason! There are so many stylish options available for reusable bags these days. Here’s a round-up of three fabulous reusable bags…
Maggie Bags Recycled Seatbelt Campus Tote Bag in Fall Leaves

Maggie Bags

We love these Maggie Bags made from Recycled Seatbelts. They come in a range of single colours, or multi-colours like the Autumn Leaves bag pictured here. These bags are made to last with four nickel plated feet on the bottom and internal zip pockets for your purse, keys or cell phone.


Rebagz Tote Bags

These Rebagz Cinchy Tote Bags are made from recycled rice sacks. The one pictured here is called Honeybee, and there are other fresh and funky styles available. These Cinchy Tote Bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but they are human-friendly too because they are made under fair labour conditions. Makes a great shopping bag, handbag or even a briefcase!

Flip & Tumble

Finally, the Flip & Tumble Reusable Shopping Bag. Gorgeously designed in loads of colour choices. Reusable shopping bags that folds up into a tiny pouch when not in use, it’s so easy to take it along when you go shopping. This bag can hold 25 pounds and has a comfy fit felt shoulder pad.



Click here to join me and take the pledge to make plastic bags history!

Q: When is a Coke can an elephant (or possibly a giraffe)?

A: When Farai’s had his creative way with it!

Farai is a member of the Mother City Craft Collective, a collective of traffic-light crafters who you can see selling their wares as you drive through the streets of Cape Town. This group of Zimbabwean crafters have joined forces to expand their market and create an alternative outlet for their crafts, an online shop. This has brought a new set of challenges for these artists, because the traditional wire & bead and wirework crafts that they produce are pretty heavy, which results in very high postage costs.

To reduce the price of postage (and consequently the carbon footprint of the piece) Farai has come up with an interesting solution. He’s using recycled materials that are a lot lighter than the materials that he usually works with.

These recycled Coke can animals and more are available from the Mother City Craft Collective’s recycled range, and as you’ll see, both the cost of the products and the postage costs are considerably less than the traditional. While buying crafts from this store makes a huge difference in the lives of these traffic-light crafters, by choosing from the recycled range you will be making a huge difference to the environment too.

So while necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it great when it also leads to recycling, reusing and a greener way of doing things?


EcoArt: recycled collage township scenes

Alex Makumbe collects reclaimed chipboard and old cans to make his Cape Town scenes. This is how he makes a living. Alex came to Cape Town from Harare in Zimbabwe 8 years ago and has been making a living as an African folk artist selling his work at the traffic lights ever since.

Recently Alex has teamed up with three other Cape Town crafters to sell their work online and to the whole world via their Mother City Craft Collective Etsy shop.

He is selling custom made collages, or you can choose one he’s already done. Have a look.

Alex’s artwork is available from the Mother City Craft Collective Etsy shop.

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