… Dustin Feider did, that’s who!

A homeboy of mine, Dustin started 02sustainability, a company that builds geodesic domes in trees! With a degree in furniture design and a passion for creative problem solving, Feider built his first Buckminster Fuller inspired geo-dome to explore the concept of habitat.

The Minneapolis based company is firmly committed to eco-friendly building.  The ‘Bucky Ball’ was utilized because of it’s an extremely efficient use of materials… materials that are recycled or recyclable.  02’s cover options are made from 100% hemp canvas, recycled milk carton plastic and 60% post-consumer waste eco resin.  These materials are semi-transparent, creating an incredible ‘lantern’ effect at night.

The interior space is quite beautiful as well, with various flooring options to choose from… again, the light diffusion from the recycled plastic covers create a fantastic sense of lighting.

And the panels themselves can be opened up to utilize views, get fresh air, etc.

I am hoping to get involved with 02sustainability and discuss some additional design options… how about a color changing, energy efficient LED lighting system, powered from nanowires, a technology that is being developed to create energy from movement (like wind-blown branches!)?  Or some indoor/outdoor recyclable carpet tiles from Interface Flor?… A rain tarp or interwoven panels made from a colorful used highway billboard could create a dynamic statement… How cool would it be to have Rush Limbaugh’s mug permanently 45 feet up in a tree (with a drawn on mustache of course!)?

02Sustainability has recently partnered with international non-profit LiftKids to expand the tree house empire…. I hear they’re working on an eco-tourist development in Ethiopia, where a handful of these tree structures would connect via rope bridges, creating a small community in the sky!  How rockin’ is that???  Extremely… and that’s not debatable!


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.