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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.

Update from the Trash Studio

Packing out the tire wall

Packing out the tire wall

Summer has been a busy time at the Trash Studio.
The front retaining walls are complete, three cisterns are installed, the berm is nearing completion, and the roof is in full swing!

The roof has 6 beams that need a few finishing touches before the decking is installed.
Once the decking is complete, installation of the vapor barrier, insulation and tar paper roofing material will complete the roof.

In the past week, we’ve made many batches of cob to “pack out” the tires inside the Studio. Soon we’ll be making cob to cover the tires completely!

Today we used the last of our clay, so we’ll need to source more. If anyone has any leads on where to obtain clay, please let us know!!
While we wait on the clay, we’ll continue construction on the roof.

Plastic bottle bricks and cob

Plastic bottle bricks and cob

We’re in need of 3-5 volunteers per work party to assist with carpentry on the roof.

If you want to learn a bit of carpentry, sign up and come on out to the Studio!
Also of note, a sliding glass door was recently donated to the project to be used on the front face.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you and your friends out at the Trash Studio soon!

Trash Studio on NPR!

Trash Studio

Trash Studio

In case you live on another planet and you’ve missed it, check out that interview of Roxanne on KUOW