Reclaim, Reuse, Repeat since 1991
Our story began as a reaction to the UK demolitions of the 60s and 70s when masses of reclaimable building materials including around 24 million tonnes of unique timbers were destroyed. This needless waste inspired the creation of pioneering businesses dedicated to rescuing materials, and the reclamation scene was born.
One of those early businesses was Walcot Reclamation, a salvage yard co-founded in the 70s by Thornton Kay. In 1991 he launched Salvo with Hazel Matravers to promote reuse by promoting the UK’s reclamation network to reduce the amount of salvageable materials that ended in landfill.
Initially a directory of dealers to make it easier for people to buy architectural salvage, Salvo soon grew into a movement. The Salvo Code was established to offer confidence for buyers as to the provenance of truly reclaimed items. Simply look for the crane logo – an ancient symbol of vigilance – the sign of Salvo members.
Today, Salvo is known for its unparalleled architectural salvage fairs and online marketplace – matching something reclaimed or recrafted with someone that wants to reuse it. On SalvoWEB.com you will find everything from original Crittall doors to stone walling to chandeliers, and now reclaimed fashion and home fashion to toast our 30th in all its pearliness.
Long appreciated for its connection with history, reuse of salvage is increasingly considered crucial for its contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Driven by the shocking statistic that only 1% of building materials are reused, Salvo is currently a partner in the major futuREuse FCRBE EU project to encourage the construction industry to increase reuse of reclaimed building elements by 50% by 2032.
Salvo continues to champion reuse as a priority, and reaches a loyal and ever-growing community that sees reuse as a lifestyle to not only build, but dress your home and yourself for the world you want.
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In the lead up to COP26, Salvo is calling on the United Nations to include reuse in its Sustainable Development Goals and asking governments to start mandating reclamation and reuse as a priority above recycling and destruction. This year Salvo is also launching the Truly Reclaimed label in the UK, Ireland and France to separate fake reclaimed products and materials from the genuine article.
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