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Published on August 24th, 2009 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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An Earthship that Floats?

brighton earthshipDavid de Rothschild’s Plastiki is a seaworthy boat made from reclaimed plastic bottles. Michael Reynolds’ Earthships (the subject of the documentary Garbage Warrior) are homes built from reclaimed materials, and designed to provide basic needs for the homeowner: energy, food, water, and waste disposal. Put the two together, and you get the Landlord Independent, a work-in-progress by Providence, Rhode Island-based artists and activists Dan Gladstone and Zachary Weindel.

Their idea: a boat designed as “an open biodome,” or a “micro-continent,” according to Weindel. The Landlord Independent currently isn’t much more than a giant raft (made mostly from found and reused materials), but Gladstone and Weindel envision both energy and food production (including animals and gardens) onboard.

Read more about the Landlord Independent at SUNfiltered

Image credit: Dominic’s pics at Flickr under a Creative Commons license



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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



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