Eric Puro's Profile
A Little about Me
Traveling through this experience called life working on making it a better place. Treating all with respect, love, and curiosity.
My Build Projects
We are building a retaining wall out of fully sustainable wood and other materials. The purpose of this build project is to make some more flat walkable area at the summer cottage so mumu (Satu´s grandmother) can walk around. The build project is...
Three people from thePOOSH team, Loren, Michael and I, are building a yoga studio/community center for the Co-operativa! The co-operativa is a wonderful place that holds a number of workshops and classes on permaculture, yoga, and other fun...
Why I Build Sustainably
Why would you not be interested in sustainable building? Sustainable building is a moral turpitude. It's time we all get involved in building this planet into a better future.
Skills I would like to Work on or Share.
I would love to cook dinner for everyone in this world! I also am very interested in social entrepreneurship, if you have any questions just ask.
My Life Philosophy
We were given the most amazing gift - life, lets make sure each day hits us in the face with joy!
Building Styles I have Experience in
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
I have built an earthship in Oregon with some great friends during the Fall/Winter of '11 - '12, and if you ever lived in the Pacific NW you know that the Fall and Winter are really rainy. We survived and got the roof up as soon as possible. We used cob where we could to fill in holes, as well as build up the 1st layer of our walls. We used reclaimed granite, a skylight, and a door from the local re-use store, where they go into buildings before they are leveled and take out the salvageable items. We also used trash tires from the local tire shop, flagstone from a local mine, bottles from the recycling, and fallen trees from the forest. It was a great experience and has got me addicted! I would say that I am not necessarily an expert at any of these techniques, but I could hold an advanced conversation. Even more important is that I would feel comfortable constructing another more advanced Earthship in the future.
My Building Qualifications
certified in nothing, willingness to quickly gain skills in everything
Co-Founder of thePOOSH.org
What I Read, Watch, and Listen to
Books that make me think, movies which expand the mind, and music that gets my feet moving.
Building Styles I'm Interested in
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
I got interested in earthship style building during my senior year of college. I watched the documentary "Garbage Warrior" with no idea what to expect. I soon figured out that this man Michael Reynolds has got a few things figured out. It really inspired me that you could build a house completely out of trash that provides all of your basic needs, while looking much more interesting than a typical traditional home. I never knew sitting down to watch that documentary would completely change the direction I wanted to take my life, isn't that great! I then built my own house in Oregon with some great friends and got exposed to many more natural building techniques including cob, straw bale, and using stone for flooring and walls. We asked the question "What should our walls be made out of?", and was answered with Becky Bee's book on cobbing. We asked the question "What should our floors be made out of?", and were answered by some friends telling us that a flagstone query existed not 30 miles away. Now I am hooked!
BS in Economics, Philosophy, and Technology (formal) More than I could possibly begin to list here through such amazing talks over the past years (informal)
My Eating Habits
I love food! Lentils, beans, broccoli, honey, kale, hippy dust (nutritional yeast), and really anything that gives me strength to build more sustainable houses! My enchiladas have made grown men cry, kiss the ground, and praise life.