Our mission is to build a carefully managed metal commons that will be used, recovered, and reused again and again—for millennia.

Metal Metabolism

Imagine if, a hundred years from now, our great-grandchildren could use the exact same metal atoms inside our phones, cars, and homes. These metal atoms could continue to serve humankind through countless cycles of technological ingenuity. 

We’re building a carefully managed metal commons that will be used, recovered, and reused again and again—for millennia. No more metal taken from the planet. No more metal lost to landfills. No more damage to the planet and the people on it. A society built with a metal metabolism, similar to how many biological systems have evolved over time. 

Getting there will be tricky. The world is embarking on a massive, multi-decade project of decarbonizing global energy and transport. These carbon-free systems will take billions of tons of metal to build. And as the world’s population continues to grow, urbanize, and develop, this will require billions of tons of metal, too.  

So how do we build up our metal commons with the lightest possible touch? This is the global challenge we’ve made our own.