Garbage Warrior

What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

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.

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  1. This film is so moving and inspirational. It is the exact innovative thinking we need. I have watched this film about 5 times now and could watch it again. Amazing.

  2. This is amazing. I’m so grateful for Mike Reynolds and his group of friends and family…if any of you guys read this, know that you have my utmost respect and gratitude, and for anyone just browsing the reviews, if you’re interested in sustainability and sanity, this is a must-watch documentary. Awesome film.

    Much love


  3. A well made documentary (such as this one) can convey all the elements of a smash Hollywood hit. Character development and hook, controversy, interest, story line, denouement, climax. Not all shine as brightly as this one. Well Done!

  4. Incredible visionary..Keep on building !

  5. Amanda
    Amazing. Thank you so much for making this documentary. I am so heartened and inspired by Michael Reynolds. So good, such positivity.

  6. I loved the documentary thank you for sharing!
    I’m also looking for more practical videos that can be used to learn diract first hand techniques in order to build my own earthship house. Does anyone know where i can find such videos or documents?
    thaks to email me if you do: [email protected]!

  7. This is a inventive video, good stuff.

  8. If they’re made of trash, why are they so expensive? Shouldn’t they be affordable?

  9. Earthships are clearly a viable housing option. Hopefully we can see lots more of this valuable technology developed and used.

  10. That was cool! That guy is an inspiration, and the film is made in a very charming, entertaining way. More of that, please!

  11. Thanx for this, I guess I’ll have to rethink my perspective after all these years.

  12. Hey thank you , I loved each single word of your publish , I bookmarked you and I will appear back for a lot more!

  13. I thought this was a great video. Michael Reynolds is way ahead of his times and makes a lot of good points. The US has too many regulations and we are choking on our own bureaucracy. The middle class is disappearing and we will soon have no voice.