Let’s finish building the first ever Earthship in Seattle!

The first Earthship inspired building ever in Seattle, aka the Trash Studio, is nearing completion.

Check out the calendar to see when the next work parties are scheduled.

We need donations of some materials, and donations or loans of some tools so that we can finish.

This project has not involved any exchange of money and we intend to keep it that way, to demonstrate that it’s always possible to find a solution that does not require money.

Here’s a list of what we still need. Last updated 1/20/2016.

For the roof:

Flat panes of styrofoam, the longer the better
Flat panes of styrofoam, the bigger the better. At least a couple of feet wide, and as long as possible (4-8 feet or more) would be great.



Screws around 6" longNails around 4" long
Screws or nails around 4″ long, not too thick as they will have to go through thin layers of wood that are prone to splitting. We could also use a few more 6″ screws (up to 50 or so).

For the interior wall:

Metal trowel for cob/cement/plaster. Up to 3 of them, ideally with round angles. Various sizes would be great (ie. 1 foot long, but also 5-6″ narrow ones)

For the front face wall:

Red or purple bottles, or other rare colors
Red or purple glass bottles, or other rare colors
Chicken wire
A little more chicken wire! We ran out.

Some straw or other fiber, for the cob.


Organizer at Earthship Seattle
Co-founder of Earthship Seattle
Co-founder of Star Community in Seattle
Founder of the Tenowa eco-village project in Washington
Permaculture Design Course graduate from Lost Valley, Oregon
Board member of NICA (Northwest Intentional Communities Association)


  1. Matthew tilton on January 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I have a roll of chicken wire.no car but you can pick up near Fremont bridge at my foundry/blacksmith shop.
    Might have some nails as well

    • Florian on January 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much. When would be a good time to pick up? Is the weekend an option?

  2. Robert Ickes on January 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I have chicken wire, as well as a garbage bin full of bottles. although they are the regular green/brown/clear beer/wine bottles. if you would like them, they are all the way out in puyallup.
    you guys have inspired me to build an earthship when i get my own piece of land. hats off to you guys for helping save the earth

    • Florian on January 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      We only need a little chicken wire, and we don’t need many extra bottles for this project. Will you keep them for yours, or do you need to get rid of all of that? I don’t know how long it would take me to find someone who can come from Puyallup and help with transporting these items to Seattle.

      I’m very happy to hear about your inspiration. Please let me know if I can be of any help to plan your future build.

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