There is a wonderful documentary called The Simpler Way currently on youtube. I stumbled across it by accident and found a lot of great information and points here. In particular, a discussion about how the need for perfect, uniform sized vegetables to fit harvesting, cleaning, and packing machines stunts the diversity of our food and puts undue pressure on farmers as well as resulting in enormous food waste.
The story follows a group who form a community in Australia to practice methods of simple living in response to the global environmental crisis. It also features thoughts from thinkers and intellectuals dedicated to the topic.
Some people in the comments have stated that the ability to reclaim wood or find materials for recycling is enabled by our current consumer culture, and therefore this project does not make sense, but I disagree. These people are trying to make a change from where we are now, not some imaginary untouched world. Where we are now is millions (if not billions) of tons of plastic, glass, and wood that could be recycled or reused.
If we do happen to reach some ideal future where there isn’t enough waste to be reused like this, I am sure it won’t be too much trouble to shift our ways of living again!