by paige
Categories: Film/TV.

abchomemakeoverlogo.jpgExtreme Makeover: Home Edition is inherently green simply by what it does. In a subtle approach, each episode (yes we are fans:-) ties the relationship of personal health to environmental health by providing sustainable materials and resources in the home that help families live healthier lives. So with all the previews focusing on Sunday, October 28th being the greenest episode ever (ie. Extreme Goes Green), we had to do our research.

Why does this episode stand out as especially green? Well it is because of an innovative teenager with an idea and passion to help his family. We don’t want to give it all away, but here is a brief preview.

Committed to finding an alternative form of electricity that would not harm his sister’s health problems, Garrett Yazzie, a young Navajo boy took action. At the age of 13 he took it upon himself to be the man of the house. Knowing that the family needed to keep warm, but had no electricity to heat the house and could not burn coal, Garrett decided to harness the power of the sun and invent a solar heater. With the help of the internet and several on-line mentors, Garrett paid tribute to the Navajo principles of sustainable living, living off the land, and leaving no waste by creating a heating system made of an old car transmission and several aluminum cans. This invention not only warmed the house for his sisters and his mother, but turned Garrett into a “junkyard genius” with numerous national and local honors, awards and recognition.

Looks like this young “junkyard genius” taught host Ty Pennington and the rest of the crew a few things about sustainability and honoring the Navajo Tradition of honoring Father Sky and Mother Earth. Check out the show on ABC tonight and check back to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website to see all the latest green technology used to build this sustainable home.

  • Brittany

    I am doing a report on eco friendly materials that extreme makeover uses in homes with sick children that have special needs for a clean home environment. I was wondering if someone could email me back with information containing this issue.


  • paige

    Hi Brittany. We would not necessarily have information on specific materials used, but if you check out the Extreme Makeover website, there is probably some useful tips there:

    Hope that helps.