I get it tires are problematic to say the least, I can't coment on any specifics because I honestly haven't looked into it much, but that was the whole point for starting a thread, I honestly don't know exactly what they make synthetic ruber out of, I know the original was vulcanised latex, a tree extract treated with sulfur, not sure what they have been doing in my area but the watter tables are contaminated with sulfur, people dont even bother drilling a well any more just about everybody has their own storage tank some truck it in themselves some have it delivered.
some of this building out of garbage kindof turned me off too but like I mentioned before it's not all about the tires, what intrigued me to it is the concept in itself, there are other ways to build, and there are several houses build this way, various designs earth bermed and most do not need any aditional heating in the winter, that in itself turned me onto building something like this,
further more, the rain watter collection, again that can be debated, apart from the obvious, leafes and moskitoes, to sift out, a neighbour pointed out that rainwater is somewhat contaminated from all the smog in the air, well so are the underground tables, let's not even get starter on the rivers, bottom line a lot of this is caused by unnecessary burn of fuel, if housing would maintain say 50 F without fuel, that would be huge, the one I curently live in will have burst pipes in 8 hours if I turn the heat off, and michigan winters are not that bad.
the gray watter planters, even the people behind those earthships in some video I watched mentioned something that it is not a good Idea to have various visitors living in the house, that is how pathogens spread, if my shower watter poisons those plants, guess what, I allready have it, so that really does not concern me much, plants are natures way of cleaning up, most of us have a pot with something in it, even my wife has some fake ones, its something in our nature we are not supposed to be this far apart from nature yet in a short time we drifted apart, they now have energy drinks, pretty soon you'll be fed a pill that last you a month, I'm not ok with that, to some extent I want to get back to my roots, I used to think a log cabin with a wood burner would be great, and it would,
all I am saying take some good from what we have learned so far, renewables, good, fosil very bad, I got an ebike, a prius with a plugin kit, the house is next.
plus our food, it does not grow in supermarkets, trust me on that I work at a distribution center, and grow a garden behind my garage, guess why?
sure we buy stuff because we are too bussy working all the time, I remember as a kid, the older women tended to a garden and the excess we would can in the fall, we had no supermarkets or fresh produce through the winter, butcher a pig for christmas, lamb for easter some birds in between, how much fuel and polution has been created to feed you today, consider that,
I own Semi trucks and refrigerated trailers, 5mpg, and 1 gal/ hour idiling, there is a reason why I am so disgusted with all of this, I am the guy that brings your food to your table, and you have no Idea what kind of damge I am causing to your kids, and I am a little guy, I am responsible for burning enough for half dozens of my future generations, that is why what I do with my own life is more geared towards tree hugging, and I know different too, I mentioned before I grew up between 2 worlds, there is some good about this modern age like us discussing this allthou we are so far apart, but some not so good.
and at the end of the day, whatever you are doing for a living, is that all you are capable of really, you have to depend on me to bring you food, another to get you watter, anothe to keep you warm, etc, you cant and wont do that for yourself? what if I Quit, or better yet get shut down, 1 truck burns through 100galons a day easy, I have spent milions in fuel, and only had 3 truck at one time, $500 every day 5 days a week each truck,
anywho, I shall find some time to finish my drawings and see about posting them. no tires, not burried, no planters, no solar, thou the structure is drawn in this concept with room for such as future improvements,
the point here is, I am trying to make a diference and support myself and mine without running the old iron anymore, I'm sure there will be 3 dumbasses fighting to take my place when I shut down but that is on them I don't want to do it anymore than I have to.