We'd never need to buy paper if we pulped and recycled junk mail and receipts. We'd never need to buy dirt if we composted all our food waste. We'd never need to buy anything made of plastic or aluminum if we melted and molded them ourselves. We'd need to buy much less wood if we collected all the discarded pallets
I am relatively privileged, but I lack a dry space in which to store old pallets until I need them; I am only composting food waste because the council takes it away (to keep it out of landfill), because rats are *endemic* here (we lost lots of our tomatoes to them last summer too); I certainly don't have time, space, energy or skill enough to start cutting up plastics to use in a 3D printer, or making my own paper. I can't even keep on top of my laundry pile.
@socalledunitedstates Like, you aren't wrong, but this stuff is hard.
@artsyhonker Oh no no, you misunderstand me. I don't want every individual to do all of these things at once and start something like an urban homestead. I want community institutions and sharing economies to form, where different people take different jobs and share the abundance with each other. That and coops
Okay, that helps.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.