The beauty of the wholeness of this solution is that it can grow beyond just the materials to include bartering with tradesman for skilled work in exchange for materials and/or alternative skills. This is a critical step that could lead to nearly currency free housing construction with the help of Pure Salvage Living Co-ops. These would be facilities set up to warehouse, process, and sell the materials collected by Salvage Miners. This part may need some angels. It is where the Salvage Builders can find all the resources they need to create Salvage Built houses as well as making it available to the public.

Pure Salvage Living co-ops:

  • Provide a Mentoring element for Salvage Mining and Building operations
  • Offering seminars

  • Building plans

  • Bartering services

  • Processing services (saws, planers, moulding machines)

  • Referral services

  • Specialty tools that increase speed and yield

  • Financial services for start ups

  • Warehouse storage space and racks for consignment

  • Warehouse space for in house stocks

  • Retail sales and tracking controls

  • Forklifts for the big or heavy materials

  • Networking for projects or help

  • Dispatching houses and barns that get donated

  • Functions as a non-profit to facilitate donations

  • Creating insurance or health groups

Imagine that? Almost impossible without the maximum dose of optimism, but I am willing to drink from that trough to build ideas that act as the seeds of change. It will take sympathetic environmental oriented investors or strong groups of people getting together to make these co-ops happen. We need to grow our answers out of the resources we have available that are relatively free environmentally and outside the scope of expecting help from the government. I have created my version of what I have coined to be a Pure Salvage Living Outpost where we build Tiny Texas Houses. Warehousing is the biggest challenge for any accumulation of resources lest it be lost in piles and wasted. It is essential to have a means of using them up, or no matter how big the space, you will run out if nothing ever leaves. Trust me, I have tested this theory with 130,000 square feet of storage under roof. This is enough stored away to build a hundred houses or more. By proving this can work with real life examples instead of just talk, I believe we can inspire people focus energy on this movement to help eventually make an astonishing reduction in the carbon footprint of all new houses or structures built in the future. People want the evidence that shows it can be done by nearly anyone who sets their mind to it, and then perhaps, they will make the leap of faith and become part of a solution that will benefit everyone involved.

The only losers should be the giant corporations, foreign manufacturers, and proponents for the continuation of excess waste, import indebtedness, homelessness, shrinking employment opportunities, and the decimation of our planet. This may include the government as they will lose more of their tax base along with income from the reduction in demand for electric, water, and wastewater, A prime example of other issues are the regulations in place that favor the big corporations by requiring people use materials like double paned glass windows without guarantees from the industries that make them that they will at least 25 years before they need to be replaced rather than every 12 years. We should be able to deregulate the size of a home we can build and the materials we use to build it. The option of moving from one town to another will also have to be confronted for this movement to take hold and free people to keep their homes longer by taking their houses with them. Incentives by the cities for salvaging rather than demolishing buildings and houses will also help, whether it is expedited permitting processes or other incentives, the government can help instead of hinder salvage efforts. One would think it would benefit the public for government to open up opportunities to create employment, affordable housing, and viable ways to rid cities and towns of dilapidated buildings, reduce landfill loads, and replace them with healthy housing and materials inventory that will last for generations.

I predict that generally, when it comes to expanding this concept to other places, it will be most difficult in the city, but not impossible. It will nearly always be easiest to start up a Pure Salvage Living Outpost beyond the city limits where the bureaucracy is limited and will cause the least amount of distraction from getting real work done. The best choice is where there is a massive availability of warehouse space super cheap and properties to salvage nearby.