What do we do?
Concrete Jungle is a British not-for-profit organisation aiming to promote Environemental awareness, and especially the concept of “Earthships Biotecture” developed by Michael Reynolds (http://www.earthship.com/).
Earhships are made out of urban waste (tyres, cans, bottles…) and are self-sufficient buildings allowing more freedom for people and better care of our planet.
Concrete Jungle is an organisation with different individuals working at various levels: We can help you plan your next sustainable home build, give public talks about sustainable living and green buildings or we can also come to give educational workshops for children and grown up interested in helping our beautiful planet to get healthier.
The resource conservation principles of Earthships are not unique to them, and are highly applicable to everyday people’s lives.
We also love that an Earthship requires really low skills to build, and the entire community can participate in its creation, enhancing new skills and social cohesion: We want to build with communities, for the communities.
Earthships provide a particularly powerful platform to educate, inform and train people, young and old, to live and work more sustainably.
Concrete Jungle works with several partners, charities and organisations mainly from the third sector, to deliver an excellent service.
Earthships show people that their normal lifestyle is accessible and available even when using natural resources: Solar or wind powered, the building is still comfortable and functional.
The natural energy use system can be extended amongst the community as it will be directly exhibited to help people then understanding natural cycles, experience a new development of green ideas, and receive training and workshops to enhance job opportunities, skills share and facilitate people engagement and initiatives.
Harvesting its own water and re-using it several times around the house is also an important feature shown by Earthships as it demonstrates how precious fresh water is, but also how necessary it is to dispose sensibly of used products.
Finally, buildings also incorporate indoor and outdoor food growing, encouraging people to grow their own and showing that all-year-round food production is possible. This is a major step towards low-carbon living, being less reliant on food shipped from around the globe and more resilient to possible foods shortages in future.