Stepping into the sprawling warehouse that is Urban Ore’s salvage yard in Berkeley feels oddly like stepping into the subconscious of a well-organized hoarder. Visitors are greeted by neat rows of second-hand clothing, old-fashioned metal and glass appliances, and much-loved wooden furniture. Above, papier-mâché flying saucers, dragon heads, flags and faded posters adorn the rafters.
Keeping the place standing is Max Wechsler, Urban Ore’s COO, whose red beard, black cap and measured, pensive tone belie an intense commitment to the zero-waste ethic that keeps the store standing as much as its walls. in jail.