Eric Puro and Michael Beck, Sustainable Building ‘POOSHers’ – Biographies – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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Eric Puro and Michael Beck, Sustainable Building ‘POOSHers’ 

Name: Eric Puro 

Occupation: Co-Founder of and Pounder of many “trash tires”

Place of Residence:
The World (traveling indefinitely for now)

Background and Personal History:  Once a corporate consultant, Eric has traded
his tie and suit jacket for a sledgehammer and bare feet. This led to oh-so-many other good
decisions, and now Eric´s path is managing, which connects
volunteers to building projects. Eric co-founded with 5 other
amazing humans. He now tours around
the world giving lectures and talks on sustainable housing. A devotion to living sustainably has led him
and his co-workers/friends to build bicycles out of bamboo to tour southern
Europe. Check out the tour page (
to find out more, and see if we can meet up!

Current Projects:  Eric is currently building a sustainable
yoga/community center in Portugal, which will be built using 90 percent of materials
found within 10 kilometers of the build site. Eric’s mission is to always push building to become more sustainable! He is also building bicycles
out of bamboo and recycled parts. This
will be his horse used to get to Greece from Portugal.

Other Fun Facts:  Eric can do
magical handstands and is currently on year one of a 20-year mustache-growing
mission. One thing he would tell every
human (if possible) is to build something great!

More Places to Find Eric on the Web: 

Name: Michael Beck 

Occupation: Works at, DIY
enthusiast, passionate about natural/sustainable building and improving all
skills required to live a self-sustainable life

Place of Residence:
Always changing, but Michael currently call Oregon home.

Background and Personal History:   After
growing up in Indiana, Michael got a scholarship to play varsity soccer at Simon
Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, where he studied English. After living in Seattle for a year
and interning at a local radio station KEXP, he moved to the Oregon woods with a group of friends, where they built an Earthship-type house, gardened, bathed and drank from the
glacier-fed river and enjoyed a flourishing, loving community. From this
experience, their group came up with concept, which they are now
fully invested in and dedicated to natural/sustainable self-building, and making
natural building techniques accessible and available to whomever is interested.

Other Fun Facts:  Michael has a music obsession! He also likes the
color purple, lasagna, hugs, eyes, frogs, kitties and being nice.

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