D-Build: Stories and a Marketplace for Reclaimed Materials

A new website based in Syracuse, NY brings together buyers and sellers of reclaimed wood and other materials. D-Build hosts a marketplace showing materials torn down from old houses, along with products made from them like the table shown above. It goes farther than the typical store, though: sellers are encouraged to include stories about what's listed— for example, who built the home that the wood came from, and who lived in it.

The site helps connect suppliers and artisans using new tools, like tags that can track lumber as it gets turned into furniture. By helping people find out the background behind the materials, the end product becomes more meaningful. It's pretty locally-focused at this point, but it seems like a great model for something that could be used anywhere. There are about 14 million vacant homes in the U.S. right now, containing materials that are perfect for reuse in green projects.