Meet Seven Superstars of Salvage

Drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems, these groups are championing building-material reuse.

These small businesses and resources embody the beauty of entrepreneurship, the ability to see value where others cannot and to turn that into economic and social opportunity. They are proof that the era of virtuous materials and structures is officially under way. The most attractive resources are those extracted from waste, not the earth. 

From the Throwbacks Home vintage store in Detroit (a supplier of curated found items for commercial projects) to the CARE (Carbon Avoided Retrofit Estimator) Tool, designed to help architects visualize the climate benefits of reuse, a special group of pioneers is paving the way for the rest of us. Meet all seven of METROPOLIS’s salvage superstars below.


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