site has links and film trailers of an American architect who uses throw-away consumables to build "earthships";
http://www.earthship.net (huge US website, incl. hard to get internships)
has UK followers (16 home project) here:
"..15,000 tyres would be recycled to construct the homes, at a time when the UK is planning to burn some 40 million tyres each year at great environmental cost..."
http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthship-brighton (standing earthship in UK)