From alternative structural material to hanging gardens, there are lots of different ways to go green with your walls. There are many ways to make sustainable materials work to your advantage, as this project by students at the Rural Studio illustrates. They used tires filled with soil, then covered them in stucco to create the base of this beautiful chapel in Sawyerville, Alabama.

Here are some other examples of alternative materials or sustainable wall coverings.

Joy Charbonneau‘s Desert Dwelling employs rocks found around the site to create the gabion walls of her shelter in the Arizona desert. Charbonnaeu uses the gabion walls to create a fluid connection between outdoor and indoor space.


Nader Kahlili uses sandbags and barbed wire to create his “superadobe” structures, which he insists are disaster-resistant, cheaply and quickly built, and very adaptable in all sort of climates.


Rural Studio‘s Corrugated Cardboard Pod was originally built as an experiment to see if corrugated cardboard bales would hold up as a structural material and they were very successful.


Eco-Tec’s Ecoparque El Zamoraro is the first house in the world made with PET bottles without using cement in the walls.


Maruja Fuentes’s wall tiles, made from all recycled material, are an easy way to install a living wall in your home, allowing you to customize how they look and the pattern they create.


Solar Ivy is a great alternative to full photovoltaic panels that are fully customizable to your needs and can be placed nearly anywhere.