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To build their dream home on a patch of farmland in southern Ontario, Craig and Connie Cook had to source 1,200 old tires. Packed with dirt, they are the bricks of their Earthship, an off-the-grid type home made out of materials like tires, pop cans and bottles. Earthships are the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and the founder of Earthship Biotecture.

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An Earthship, currently under construction, is an environmental friendly house built of recycled and natural materials. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook, near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Craig and Connie Cook working on their Earthship, an environmental friendly house made of recycled and natural materials, near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Inside the Earthship, currently under construction. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Inside the Earthship, currently under construction. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Inside the Earthship, currently under construction. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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An Earthship, currently under construction, is an environmental friendly house built of recycled and natural materials. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook, pictured here, near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Inside the Earthship, currently under construction. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

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Inside the Earthship, currently under construction. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

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An Earthship, currently under construction, is an environmental friendly house built of recycled and natural materials. This Earthship is being built by Craig and Connie Cook, near the town of Port Dover, Ontario.

Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

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