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We already know that swimming pools are a huge suck on natural resources, not to mention a possible source of allergies. But from Brooklyn's repurposed dumpster pools to high-end natural swimming pools, we've seen plenty of examples of greener ways to swim here at TreeHugger. Now a new DVD is hoping to show everyone how they can build their own backyard swimming pool that is chemical free, and also a haven for wildlife. The good news is that it will cost you a fraction of what a conventional pool would set you back too.Due to be released by Permanent Publications in the near future, the video below is a trailer for a full length DVD by David Pagan Butler called How To Make a DIY Natural Swimming Pool.
The designs, say David, are both low impact in terms of chemicals and resource use, and also provide an abundant and diverse habitat for creatures to co-habit with swimmers. Part pond, part pool, the concept is to have an insulated, central swimming area surrounded by a filtration area consisting of natural wetland plants. Water is then circulated using solar power, and passed through a simple filtration system built from scrap parts.
It all looks pretty amazing. Now if I can only convince the wife that we don't really need that lawn...