What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is just as it says,  the ability to sustain. There are many definitions of sustainability, yet the principles remain the same. We will be describing sustainability here in the context of ensuring a healthy environment for people and the planet.


A prime example of a sustainable home, is an Earthship. Earthships are homes that are built from the ground up using sustainable principles and technology.  Earthships are designed using a common sustainable principle called bio-mimicry, which is a method of copying naturally occurring biological systems in nature. Earthships create their own food either indoors or in an outdoor garden so they don’t need a grocery store. They produce their own energy on site from wind or solar power so they don’t need to buy electricity from the power company. They intelligently manage the water that naturally falls from rain so they don’t need an outside source of water.

Why is this important?

Currently if  grocery stores ran out of food, many people would go hungry. If the water or power company stopped functioning, many people would not be able to take a shower or even keep the food they have from going bad. Yet an Earthship home stands all by itself thriving, due to intelligent architecture and applied sustainable technology they call Biotecture.

Earthships are made from recycled tires, glass bottles, and as many other recycled materials as possible. Using materials that have already been produced is more sustainable than using materials that have to be converted from raw material. Use what is here.

Earthships use passive solar architecture which allows them to manage the flow of heat in their home. The kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, windows and doors are all intelligently positioned based on where the home is being built for optimal indoor climate, lessening the need for electric powered climate control.

Earthships use  Wind or Solar energy sources so they need not be connected to the electrical grid. Since Earth Ships are so efficient, Wind and Solar are more than enough to power the home, and maintain surplus energy.

Earthships use rainwater capture systems to gather falling rain and provide water for the home. Water that one uses to wash dishes and take showers, is used to flush the toilet. Toilet water is sent to water and fertilize out door plants.

Earthships have an indoor garden, positioned for optimal growth, that is automatically watered by the home.

The entire construction of the Earthship home  is designed for maximum efficiency in the use of all resources.

Each move to intelligently manage the resources needed to power the home is a sustainable practice.

Sustainability is essential to creating a healthy and abundant world. Many of the practices and technology we use today are not sustainable. Solutions have been created for some of our biggest challenges we face as a species.  What we need now is to spread awareness and begin to apply these solutions on a large scale as to ensure a safe and abundant world for future generations.