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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

1) Sustainable does not mean primitive

When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…

2) Free Food

Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.

3) Brilliant Water Recycling

Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

4) Warmth & Shelter

The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

5) Energy

Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.

6) Freedom

With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

7) Easy to build

At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

8) Cheap

Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

9) Made of recycled materials

Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.

If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

10) Think Different

The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.

Tripping

Yesterday me and a group of friends  came together to have an amzing trip with each other. We met at the train station and from there on went to a store where we could buy our magic mushrooms. As you might know, I live in the Netherlands.. a couple of years ago magic mushrooms were still legal here. But at this time they aren’t anymore, but at some stores they still secretly sell them. You just gotta know where to ask.

After buying them we went to another place by train where we could be in nature. When we arrived we walked a bit and came near the forrest and beautifully shaped nature. We sat down and divided the shrooms. I myself never did shrooms before, only truffels.. It tasted pretty good! :D

When everyone felt comfortable we went for a walk. Along the way one by one we felt trippier and trippier. I’ve laughed so hard about the strangest things! haha! 
After a while we all felt really trippy and walked to the most beautifull open field. Everything flowed, everything was really alive. 
I walked into the field and let myself fall into the high grass. 
I’ve always loved nature, and felt one with nature.. I thought. I now know the true feeling of feeling one with Gaia! I’m a seperate part, like a water drop, of a bigger whole, like the sea. But just like the sea.. It wouldnt be whole if I weren’t there. I’m part of everything and everything is a part of me.
The sky became a kaleidoscope, and patterns apeared everywhere. As I lay down I put my feet in the air and walked on the clouds. I heared and felt the wind as it was my inner breath. 
I looked at my hands and for the first time in my life I felt beautifull. Perfect. Just as everything around me. 
Everyone had is own individual trip that day, but we were also connected to this greater oneness.
After a while we ran across the field and I felt so free, I felt like I was floating over the grass, nothing could stop me at that moment. 

As we walked further we saw the most beautifull things, I can’t every discribe. I’ve learned so much about myself!
At the end of our trip we walked towards the beach.. I could see the sea coming closer and felt so in peace with everything.
As I walked into the sea my trip ended.. It was amazing.. I sat at the beach for a while on my own. Just sitting, feeling the sand, feeling the wind, hearing the sea, feeling loved.

I can’t possibly discribe how I truely felt and what I saw and sensed. But trust me, it was amazing.

Love and Light,
Elia

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drachaerys:

GREEK MYTHOLOGY: Nymphs and Muses

↳ Pleiades (Ancient Greek: Πλειάδες [pleːádes], Modern [pliˈaðes])

The Pleiades, companions of Artemis, were the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleioneborn on Mount Cyllene. They are the sisters of Calypso, Hyas, the Hyades, and the Hesperides. The Pleiades were nymphs in the train of Artemis, and together with the seven Hyades were called the Atlantides, Dodonides, or Nysiades, nursemaids and teachers to the infant Bacchus.

There is some debate as to the origin of the name Pleiades. Previously, it was accepted that the name is derived from the name of their mother, Pleione. However, the name Pleiades may derive from πλεῖν (to sail) because of their importance in delimiting the sailing season in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Salvador Dali ~ “The Temptation of St Anthony”, 1946

In 1946, Dali was invited to participate in a painting competition organized by a movie-producing firm called the Loew Lewin Company. The winner of the eleven person competition would have his or her painting worked into an upcoming feature film. After a few days of work in a New York studio, Dali submitted The “Temptation of Saint Anthony” as his entry. It was the first and only time Salvador Dali participated in an art contest. He lost to Max Ernst, a German artist and innovator of the Dada movement.

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Salvador Dali ~ “The Temptation of St Anthony”, 1946

In 1946, Dali was invited to participate in a painting competition organized by a movie-producing firm called the Loew Lewin Company. The winner of the eleven person competition would have his or her painting worked into an upcoming feature film. After a few days of work in a New York studio, Dali submitted The “Temptation of Saint Anthony” as his entry. It was the first and only time Salvador Dali participated in an art contest. He lost to Max Ernst, a German artist and innovator of the Dada movement.