Natural Home Interviews Airstream Travelers John Byfeld and Kate Heber

For the past year, John Byfield and Kate Heber of Bend, Oregon, have been traveling the country in an eco-revamped vintage Airstream Flying Cloud, learning and sharing lessons about sustainability and small-space living.


| May/June 2010


For the past year, John Byfield and Kate Heber of Bend, Oregon, have been traveling the country in an eco-revamped vintage Airstream Flying Cloud, learning and sharing lessons about sustainability and small-space living.

What inspired your Eco-Discovery Tour? 

As the economy deteriorated and our concern for the environment continued to escalate, we were inspired to ask ourselves what we could do to make a difference. We both believed that we were seeing the beginning of what may be the most dramatic changes in our society, our economy and our environment that this, or possibly any, generation has ever seen. 

Tell us about your Airstream makeover. 

Beginning with what amounts to recycling a vintage Airstream, we tried to incorporate as many green elements and systems as possible in the renovation. Our home’s electrical needs are provided by solar power. It has a composting toilet, wool mattress, cork flooring, bamboo and Kirei board cabinets, zero-VOC paints, LED lighting and as many other recycled or low-impact materials as we could find.

What effect do you hope the tour will have? 





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