Garbage Warrior (2007)


What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing.

For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

  • Christine Willis

    Wow, Michael Reynolds you are awesome. Like your lady said – you have a one track mind when you take up an idea – you are a classic example of believing in yourself. It was great to see you pick yourself up and keep going. Especially after taking on the bureaucracy that America is famous for. And guess what? They want my country to sign up on the TPPAgreement – perhaps my people need to see this documentary – to give them a taste of USA legislature – keeping in mind that those politicians were dancing to the tune of corporations. You inspire, you think outside the square that those politicians were forcing you into and your focus on eco bio friendly houses is a priviledge to behold. You have a wonderful legacy. I salute you.