A lot more people these days are taking steps towards being more sustainable in their day-to-day living. But, this architect in New Mexico is going above and beyond.
Michael Reynolds uses only natural or upcycled sustainable materials like tires, bottles, and more; mostly things people would think of as trash. Michael is able to take these materials and create homes and buildings from them that are not only made sustainably but are sustainable within themselves.
Michael calls what he does “biotecture”, because it’s not just architecture, it’s looking at the way we use resources and how that ultimately affects the planet. The way that Michael structures the buildings with mostly tires and actual earth, he, in turn, makes buildings that actually do not need to use energy to be heated and cooled. The combination of the tires and earth make for a self-regulating temperature system, which means that people can save not only on energy costs but are using energy in a completely sustainable way.
One of the biggest reasons why Michael is so passionate about using the materials he does is because they are items that can be found all over the world. This means that there is a possibility for the world to unite in this type of sustainable building, which gives hope to an otherwise bleak future.