Company Name: Starling Ink
Founded: June 2009
Founders: Christina and Scott Peterson
Company size: 2 employees, product line 20+ ready-made items (varies based on availability of supplies) with custom order options
Products: Hubcap Bird Feeders, Hubcap and Valve Cover Clocks
Where do you get your supplies from to make the product? Scrap yards, swap meets and car shows.
Where is the product manufactured? The products are hand-assembled in a Barrington, NJ studio.
Why used-car parts? “We have a passion for cars and motorcycles. Scott was a Ford mechanic for 15 years. I designed Matchbox cars at Mattel for 7 years. We have been restoring classic cars together for many years and have found ourselves with many used-car parts. They are not useable for a show car but still have many miles left on them. We recycle and rescue them from the scrap heap and give them a new road to travel with automotive fans.”
Company Name: TRIM Industries
Founders: Charlie Smith and Jon Maurice
Company size: 10 employees, product line 40 items, ballpark sales: $750K
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Products: Belt buckles and clothing
Where do you get your supplies from to make the product? Fabric and car emblems (for the belt buckles) come from vintage upholstery facilities and old cars throughout the country, including upholstery and vinyl from a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 1969 Camaro RS/SS, 1964 Plymouth, and a 1963 Chevy Impala.
Where is the product manufactured? Belt buckles are made at Smith Speed Shop in Sedalia, Mo. Apparel is made in Los Angeles, Calif., and St. Louis, Mo.
Why used-car parts? “We have a love for vintage Americana, chrome, rubber, steel and piston-powered thunder. TRIM is inspired by all-American hot rods, so you won’t see any lines paying homage to a foreign car.”
Company Name: RevRods
Founded: January 2009
Founders: Ricky, Chris and Jeremy Twiggs (Father and two sons)
Company size: Three employees
Products: "High Octane Chess Set" made from used car engine and transmission parts
Where do you get your supplies from to make the product? Junk yards and automotive recycling centers.
Where is the product manufactured? In-house by RevRods employees in Murphy, NC.
Why used-car parts? “We love cars, horsepower and metal. To play chess with massive, heavy pieces of metal that you know have been inside various high-performance engines adds a completely different feel to the game. By re-purposing these parts, it also keeps them out of landfills and junk yards. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. I know, I know, it's contradictory to mention recycling in the same sentence as gas-guzzling muscle cars. We try though.”
Company Name: Harveys Industries
Founders: Dana and Melanie Harvey
Company size: 65 people, 30+ silhouettes in various colors and prints
Where do you get your supplies from to make the product? The Treecycle line is made of reclaimed seatbelts. Harveys buys seatbelts from the automotive industry, usually belts that don’t meet safety standards, and from automotive seatbelt manufacturers in the US.
Where is the product manufactured? Santa Ana, CA
Why used-car parts? “It’s better than having the belts fill up our landfills.”
Company Name: Jake’s Chop Shop
Founder: Jake Shelton
Company size: 2-5 employees, 25 line items and specialized custom items
Products: Skateboards/beds/couches/tables/entertainment systems/sculptures
Where do you get your supplies from to make the product? Junkyards/private donations/behind old barns
Where is the product manufactured? Wilmington, NC and Tempe, Ariz.
Why used-car parts? “Partially nostalgic, with a rock & roll twist, and partially the lines and shapes of the older cars are simply the coolest! One man's trash is another mans treasure!”
From clocks to belt buckles to furniture -- these five green companies sell goods made from used car parts.