The Truly Reclaimed rules

We are in the process of finalising a certification trademark for the phrase ‘Truly Reclaimed’ which requires a set of definitions and rules to be agreed. After these have been agreed upon and approved in English they will be translated into French and other languages as required. These rules will apply in all countries where the Truly Reclaimed label operates but they may need adapting to local regulation and usage in future. 

The rules

NB: For the sake of convenience, some examples below state that timber and wood have been used, but in real life, the Truly Reclaimed label applies to any antique, reclaimed or salvaged item. 

Rule 1

The Truly Reclaimed label will be regulated and administered by Salvo Ltd, which licenses the use of Truly Reclaimed, logos, marketing material, web space and QR tags, to Salvo trade and professional members who agree to operate the Truly Reclaimed label under the agreed rules. 

Rule 2

 A product or material is considered Truly Reclaimed when verified by a registered operator. Verification requires the operator to make a statement that a specific material, product or item is reclaimed. The verification can be recorded by the operator using their own manual or online system, or by using the Truly Reclaimed smartphone application for products that require a dedicated QR for storytelling. As the Truly Reclaimed regulator, Salvo will periodically inspect the list of verifications. 

The operator will be a reclamation dealer, person or entity registered as a Salvo member to operate the Truly Reclaimed label. This will allow self-certification for same-site and site-2-site reclamation and reuse, by persons or business entities outside the dealer network, for example, an architect, builder, demolition contractor or construction professional. 

More about verification… 

Chain of custody verification – chain of custody is a record of material or product from source to end-reuse. There is a hierarchy of complexity in terms of accuracy, difficulty and transparency for same-site salvage, site-2-site salvage and a transfer via the dealer network. 

For example, if the building being dismantled or item being reclaimed requires a private record of the provenance, the Truly Reclaimed operator can still verify the item and keep the source confidential. A Truly Reclaimed operator may also wish to keep records private for commercial reasons. 

Trusted reclamation expert verification – longstanding stockholding members of Salvo who have operated the Salvo Code for many years are trusted reclamation experts with a deep knowledge of reclamation and reuse of reclaimed building material and architectural antiques. 

Visible evidence verification -the undersides, edges and faces often show clear or trace evidence of dust, dirt, glue, nail holes – the evidence of a previous life. Suppliers of genuine reclaimed timber often process reclaimed wood, for example by cleaning, denailing, resawing, planing, thicknessing and moulding surfaces and edges, which can make it difficult to visually identify as reclaimed. 

When visual evidence is absent this does not mean that the wood has not had a past life, but a specifier may need assurance that it is Truly Reclaimed, which in turn makes trust vital. As a reclamation expert, a registered operator and Salvo Code member, the assurance given in verifying that wood is genuinely reclaimed is taken seriously. 

Rule 3

Reclaimed means a material, product or item, of any age which has had at least one previous use or life, or an unused item more than 50 years old. The past life may have been in, for example, a building, landscape, mechanism, ship or structure, and may have had a structural, functional or decorative use. 

The term ‘unused item’ is intended to allow old items occasionally discovered in remote areas of buildings or landscapes, or logs from trees cut down 100 years ago and lost, usually sunk, in a lake. 

Recently-logged reclaimed wood 

Truly Reclaimed wood may be recently-logged timber, used first in temporary works in events, exhibitions, film sets, hoardings, loosework, props or shuttering, which is dismantled and offered for reuse to a Truly Reclaimed operator, possibly processed or resawn. 

Truly Reclaimed material may or may not show visible evidence of a past use 

For example, this may be timber freshly resawn from a Truly Reclaimed beam which has been requested by the customer to be mechanically distressed or given a surface finish to make it look more reclaimed. 

Recrafted and upcycled is using a reclaimed material or product to make a new item – an element. 

Rule 4

The Truly Reclaimed end-reuse location, particularly if it is a public space, may contain a QR tag linking to an online info page with the story of the Truly Reclaimed material. This will only be produced with consent from the supplier, end-user, and the Truly Reclaimed operator. The amount of information released is described below as ‘full’, ‘partial’, ‘general’, ’specific’ or ‘none’.

Full information – freely available
Ideally the full story of the reclamation and reuse would be publicly available – information about the material or product would be seen by anyone visiting the reuse location on a QR tag which might contain a range of information, for example: 

The what, why, when, how, where and who

  1. materials used to make the product
  2. manufacture of the product
  3. the building where the product was last located
  4. people, owners, craftspeople, users and animals
  5. historic events
  6. economic aspects of the material or product
  7. specific benefits on the reuse of the reclaimed material, its environmental impact, carbon benefit of reuse, and increased planetary carbon sequestration capacity calculated by Salvo

Partial information – some confidentiality may be required when information is incomplete or partly confidential because a material’s source is incomplete or confidential, or its end-reuse is not in a publicly accessible location, or the owner of the end-reuse location wishes the material source to remain confidential. There may still be some middle ground which allows a partial release of information in the following examples: 

  1. Incomplete source – some information may be available such as the country of origin or country of reclamation, the source building type and age, or the full details may be embargoed for a period of time.
  2. Time embargo – if information cannot be divulged for a period of time the Truly Reclaimed operator will add all details known about the source when the Truly Reclaimed label is applied to the material, but they may embargo that data for a number of weeks or years.

      In this situation the following general stories could still be used:

  • general information about reclamation and reuse, not related to the specific material
  • general benefits on reuse of reclaimed building material and products 

However, Salvo recommends a cautious approach. It is better to maximise reuse than allow reuse to fail due to parties not wanting public exposure in the Truly Reclaimed scheme. 

Full confidentiality – Although evidence is recorded, no information is made publicly available, however, it is made available to Salvo in order to be verified as Truly Reclaimed. 

Rule 5

The release of all information is controlled by the operator. Salvo, as regulator, will never release information but may promote or otherwise disseminate info sheets released for public viewing by operators.

Salvo will provide a model release template for operators to use should they wish. 

Rule 6

The release of Truly Reclaimed information must be carefully controlled by operators

  1. in order to protect data privacy of persons or property involved in a transaction 
  2. in order not to contravene public relations stipulations of any party 
  3. in order not to adversely affect the commercial interests of any party

The choice of owners, sellers, dealers, processors, specifiers and buyers who wish their personal details and source locations to remain confidential is covered by data protection laws.

Rule 7

The ‘Truly Reclaimed’ phrase and logo will be used under licence by a registered operator 

  • in their premises and on their vehicles, or elsewhere 
  • on the packaging of receipts and other paperwork for, products which are verified as Truly reclaimed
  • on their websites and social media channels 
  • in advertising, provided the advert is for Truly Reclaimed products

Salvo encourages operators to allow the use of the logo in the end-reusers’ premises, ideally attached to the reclaimed products which they have supplied. 


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