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Earthbag Architecture: Building Your Dream with Bags, a Green Home Building Book by Kelly Hart, 2015. Discover how you can build an amazing variety of structures using little more than the earth beneath your feet. Earthbag building is revolutionizing how people around the world are thinking about ways of providing shelter, both temporary and permanent. Such buildings can be remarkably durable and resistant to earthquakes, floods, fires and even bullets.

Kelly Hart describes the basics of how to build this way, provides a history of the evolving technology and delves into detailed descriptions of the many different earthbag projects that he has been involved with over nearly two decades. A survey of 64 unique buildings from around the world proves just how versatile this approach to building can be. A look to the future of earthbag building and a Resource Guide complete the book. Some 240 color photographs help you visualize the possibilities of this unusual and sustainable approach to architecture.

Earthbag Building Guide by Owen Geiger, 2011. Much has been learned about earthbag building over the last few decades through research, trial and error, and sharing of information. It is becoming increasingly clear what works best and why. This book pulls the most practical ideas together.

This builder’s guide does that by providing simple, clear explanations of each step of construction, from earthbag foundations that don’t require concrete, to complete information on tools and supplies, as well as tips, tricks and advanced earthbag techniques.

All major aspects of building earthbag houses with vertical walls are covered: Planning; Dirt cheap building techniques; Building code issues; Electrical and Plumbing; Cost estimating; Insulation; Landscaping options. It is profusely illustrated with about 185 color photos and detail drawings. This is now available as a PDF download for $20. This e-book is also available in Spanish.

To see the Table of Contents and read some reviews of this book see this page.

Basic Earthbag Building: a Step-by-Step Guide is a comprehensive DVD created by Owen Geiger. The first part of Basic Earthbag Building provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project. The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together.

As a bonus, there are some extra scenes that include Building an Earthbag Dome, an animated Enviro Dome Fly-through and a tour of a Finished Earthbag Roundhouse.

You can review portions of this DVD by exploring the short clips that are shown on Owen's YouTube Channel. And you can purchase the DVD directly from the manufacturer.

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Building with Bags: How We Made Our Experimental Earthbag/Papercrete House 1 1/2 hr. DVD produced by Kelly Hart.We wanted to build an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing home at a moderate price. We chose to create earthbag domes covered with papercrete (recycled paper combined with cement and sand). This honest DVD documents details of the construction, insights gained, and the ups and downs (literally!) of the building process. Several other earthbag homes are also shown. For more information about the house see the project page this house.

To view a streaming video intoduction to this DVD click here. And you can buy this DVD directly from the manufacturer.

Emergency Shelter
DVD by Cal-Earth Institute, 2010

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Emergency Sandbag Shelter
by Nader Khalili, 2008

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The House That Jill Built:
A Woman's Guide to Home Building

by Judy Ostrow and Karen Leffler, 2005

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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

by Lloyd Kahn, 2004

Kelly Hart's review

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Earthbag Building:
The Tools, Tricks
and Techniques

by Kaki Hunter, Donald Kiffmeyer, 2004

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Kelly Hart's review

Earthbag Building is available as an ebook.

Sidewalks on the Moon
by Nader Khalili, 2002

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Building with Earth:
A Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction

by Paulina Wojciechowska, 2001

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Ceramic Houses and Earth Architecture:
How to Build Your Own

by Nader Khalili, 1996

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simpleearthstructures Patti Stouter has assemble this site that focuses on her work with earthbag concepts for inexpensive and sustainable housing. lists workshops from around the world that relate to earthbags. Nader Khalili's earthbag works. offers educational courses in earthen architecture, including earthbags, as well as services in sustainable building design, consultation, and construction. Precision Engineering has embraced earthbag building and is prepared to provide structural engineering for earthbag projects. is a short online guide to building with earthbags. offers workshops around the world. an extensive article by Owen Geiger about how he built a small earth-sheltered earthbag dome. the construction of Paulina Wojciekowska's earthbag dome project in Poland. is shown under projects/sandbags...

caicosdream show Doni Kiffmeyer and Kaki Hunter working on an earthbag project. This two-page PDF file outlines Nader Khalili's approach to building an emergency shelter. links to a gallery of photos of projects by alumni of CalEarth shows how a simple earthbag house was built in Haiti. describes the building of a small circular earthbag building with text, photos and video. this blog-style site is in Spanish, but you don't have to know that language to enjoy the many photos and videos of superadobe constuction in Argentina. manufactures a simple dual bag manual filling device for sandbags. is a nice blog about a woman's experience building an earthbag home, and there is a blog roll of many other similar blogs. has general information, work/trade opportunities, workshops, etc.

moradasverdes is the English version of a site that shows how building an earthbag health clinic in Mexico can be a model for building communities in general. Our blog has a fan page on Facebook! manufactures the "Sand Master," an attahcment for a front end loader that will fill over a dozen bags at once! has a portfolio of earthbag projects. describes with video and illustrated text how Patti Stouter builds with "hyper wattle," a combination of mesh tubes stuffed with light straw clay to form light-weight, insulated, inexpensive walls. And there is a PDF about this as well: has an online tool for calculating various aspects of building domes using the superadobe methods. It is fun to play with the variations in bag size, dome radius, fill dimensions, stem wall heights and buttressing to see how each of these parameters affect the amount of material might be needed for a project. features a general article about polypropylene bags, and specifically how they can be used for earthbag building. describes the construction of various earthbag buildings in Africa.

Earthbag Blogs

Regular & Misprint or Used Bags:

Pacific Packaging
Portland, OR
Sodus, MI
(800) 785-0201

Super Poly
locations in Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg (Canada)

White Bag Company, Inc
North Little Rock, AR

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Just Bags

Ace Bag & Burlap
Bronx, NY

Agriculture Bags MFG., Inc.
Oakland, CA

All In Safety
Brooklyn, NY

Berg Bag Company
Minneapolis, MN

Innpack, LLC
Memphis, TN

Polytex Fiber Corp
Houston, TX

Commercial Bag Supply
Des Moines, Iowa

Eclat Industries
Patliputra, Patna -800013 (INDIA)
Phone No. +91-612-2270764
Lake Forest, CA

Farber Bag & Supply Company
Peosta, IA

Jumbo Sack
Maryland Heights, MO

MaxKatz Bag Co.
Indianapolis, IN

United Bags
St. Louis, MO

Bags & Tubes:

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Central Bag Company
Kansas City, MO

NYP Corporation
Elizabeth, NJ

MTP Polysak will make tubing to order 081-353-5465 Bangkok

Used Bags

llama.beans.and.earthbags used 50lb feed bags. Right now our price is 15 cents a bag, but I think I will lower it to ten cents. And we sell them in 50 bag quantities, so we are probably good for people starting out with smaller projects. Not only does the money all go to the animal sanctuary, but this keeps the bags out of the waste stream.

I have surplus 14" & 18" rolls of woven PP tube available. Rolls are 6000/lf long priced at $840 & $960/ea sold by the roll only. They are UVI stabilized for 2000 hrs. Price is FOB my facility in Southern California. They are perfect for earth bag building! Thanks Steve 949-338-5978


Suppliers of Mesh Bags & Tubing

Syfilco Ltd. ,320 Thames Rd. E., Exeter, ON N0M 1S3, Canada Tel: 519.235.1244 Fax: 519.235.1280
Contact: Keith Campbell at

18" wide raschel mesh tubing is strong enough to work with easily and tamps to 12" wide at 4" high or 13" wide at 3.5" high. It comes in 1000 m rolls and is called 18" raschel mesh. They also sell other sizes. Contact: Maurice Wilson, Bag Supplies Canada, Stratford, Ontario 1 519 271 5393 has a variety of fairly inexpensive mesh products. European outlet for bag products. Chinese company manufactures mesh tubing.

Suppliers of Bags Globally

Bag Supplies Canada
Stratford, Ontario, Canada

G.M-Export Dept Shandong,  JiaHe Packaging Group, TH Plastic weaving Co. ltd Phone: 86-158-6369-6895 Contact Mr.Henry

PP woven bag: such as : 46X70cm, or 60X90cm; width: from 30 cm to 100cm, length: according your request. UV treated  or not

PP tubular roll:  tubular roll 50cm width, 4000M /roll width: from 30 cm to 100cm, length: according your request. UV treated  or not

With 20 years experience, we know woven bags. FREE SAMPLES can be sent on request.

Denzel, Sales Director
Qitianli Plastic Fabric Co., Ltd.
Phone: 86-533-7401727
Fax: 86-533-7401787
Mobile: 86-18766918966

Supplier of Bags in Haiti

I've found a company that makes polypropylene bags here in Haiti, and they can accommodate large orders.  They are a little expensive at 35 cents a bag, they said that this is because they have to import the materials to make the bags.  They sell them in the traditional bales of 1,000.  They are located here in Port au Prince.  The lady that takes the orders speaks English. They also have the 100lb bags that are twice as big and a smaller size bag. They also manufacture corrugated and flat tin roofing, pvc pipe and 5 gallon buckets ($4.20 each). They can handle big orders. Here's their contact info:

ACRA Industries
Delmas 32
Phone: 2246-7986 provides earthbag building supplies, especially in New Mexico.

Suppliers Soil Stabilizers a non-toxic product typically used for stabilizing roads, but now being used to stabilize soil for earthbag building. solidifies earth to make natural soil pavement. manufactures products designed to be mixed with soil to meet a variety of needs in the building process. manufactures a safe, effective, non-corrosive liquid enzyme soil stabilizer. reacts with the organic fines to create a catalytic bonding process.


EB Options for Nepal is a draft set of specifications for earthbag building addressing various levels of earthquake risk, prepared by Patti Stouter of in response to the need for this information in Nepal after the devestating earthquakes in the spring of 2015.

Reinforced Earthbag Specifications is a 6-page PDF describing in drawings and text exactly how one might construct a reinforced earthbag wall that would pass most building codes in areas of high seismic risk. This document was prepared specifically at the request of Dr. Owen Geiger and Kelly Hart (who manage this website) for use on reconstruction projects in Haiti, but it could be useful wherever reinforced vertical wall structures may be built. We want to acknowledge and thank Nabil Taha of Precision Engineering ( for his patience and diligence in preparing this document.

Wall Reinforcement describes various ways to reinforce earthbag walls in key locations, including corners, to resist lateral movement.

Openings in Walls discusses ways to safely make openings in walls: reinforcement, lintels, window grills, vent block and pipe.

BOND BEAMS: Concrete, Tubular Steel, Corrugated Metal, or Tubular Bag

Alternative Bond Beam outlines a method of creating bond beams and lintels with rectangular section metal tubing or wood beams that is integrated with the earthbag wall, with step-by-step instructions.

Earthbag Modules advocates the use of 24" modules for earthbag lengths.

Earthbag Foundation outlines the steps in preparing an earthbag foundation for a floor system.


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