August 31, 2023
Meet Seven Superstars of Salvage
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.
Woodward Throwbacks Transforms Landfill-Bound Goods into Modern Furniture
The Detroit-based manufacturer is one of several groups drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems to change building-material reuse.
Cornell’s Circular Construction Lab Champions Building-Material Reuse
Drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems, METROPOLIS rounds up seven groups that are championing building-material reuse.
Los Angeles Nonprofit ANEW Fosters Stewardship and Circularity
The company works with corporations to procure office furniture, fixtures, equipment, office supplies, and office appliances.
Rheaply Brings Ingenuity to Recycling Building Materials
Drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems, these seven groups are championing building-material reuse.
Salvage Superstar: Renovation Angel
This Fairfield, New Jersey–based recycler is one of seven groups drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems to change building-material reuse.
The CARE Tool Answers the Question: Renovate or Replace?
One of Metropolis’s “Salvage Superstars,” this tool compares the carbon impact of updating existing buildings versus building new.
Salvage Superstar: Doors Unhinged
This Pittsburgh company is one of seven drawing on breakthrough research, tools, and sourcing systems to change building-material reuse.
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