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Are 'earthships' really as green as we're told?

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Are we to believe that 'earthships' (AJ 19.6.03) are as eco-friendly as Mike Reynolds (above) suggests?

My particular concern is that, although the use of expended car tyres may seem sustainable in the short term, the earthship building system may only serve to justify further car use in its promotion of tyre recycling.

This approach is akin to biodegradable packaging, which justifies landfill use by playing on the misconception that it is OK to bury waste because it will eventually break down. Is not the earthship methodology doing the same for car users?

Chris Brimble, Cardiff

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