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The off-grid, self-sufficient island home

Words by Abi Scaife

A clothing company has designed a self-sufficient, off-grid designer island home.

Wait, seriously?

That’s right! Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has collaborated with the clothing brand Vollebak to design the sustainable island home.

It showcases how we can live more harmoniously with nature and become more sustainable.

At the centre of the island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, the 597-metre square family home named ‘Earth House’ will be built. The structure will be made from several sustainable materials such as fire retardant hemp fibre, thatch and seaweed, while a glass-and-brick greenhouse will grow all the island's food.


Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

The Climate Coalition. This is the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Find out more and support them here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

The Canal & Rivers Trust. The Rivers Trust brings together conservation experts who work to create wild, healthy, natural rivers. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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