Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

Green Builder Gives Airstream Eco-Friendly Makeover

6/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: renovate, eco-friendly materials, green products

I’m jealous. Green builder Jim Gooley’s eco-friendly Airstream is exactly what I’ve been dreaming about for years—ever since Carol Venolia planted the idea in a great 'Trailer Treasure' article.

Gooley took the same principles he uses to create natural homes and transferred them to his Airstream trailer. He installed cork floors and bamboo countertops and cabinets. The walls are covered with clay plaster and painted with low-VOC paints. Gooley also used energy-efficient LED lighting, recyclable aluminum molding and repurposed materials left over from other jobs he’s worked on. Even the furnishings have been graced with eco-friendly fabrics, and the bed is made of natural latex. In the future, Gooley plans to install solar panels. 

Airstream
Green builder Jim Gooley turned a traditional Airstream trailer into an eco-friendly home on the road. Photo Courtesy DuBrowWorks  

Gooley partnered with Livingreen to remodel the trailer. He displayed the Airstream at the Alternative Building Expo in Santa Monica, California, this year. 

As Carol Venolia recently pointed out in her '60 Square Feet of Wisdom' article, living in tight quarters while on the road can be greener than staying at home—even given the gas-guzzling nature of most RV’s. 

Summer’s here—and I’m ready to hit the road.



Related Content

The Start of Eco-Friendly Nursery Renovations

As a nursery renovation begins, Jessica, editor of Natural Home and Garden, is just beginning an inv...

$25 DIY Greenhouse

You can build a small greenhouse in an afternoon!

Featherlite Trailers' Website Passes 1 Million Visitor Mark

Featherlite Trailers' official website recorded its one millionth visitor in October, according to d...

Groupon for Greenies: A Site to Save You Money

Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts--and reassurance that they're buying green--thro...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.