You've heard of recycling, now you can learn more about upcycling this weekend.
Walking through a replica of a home inside the Iowa Events Center, Jenna Nathan says, "The Creative Solutions home shows you what you can do with merchandise you can find at the Habitat ReStore."
Nathan is the Outreach Manager of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity. She says the ReStore sells new and used items at discounted prices. Proceeds help Habitat for Humanity build homes for low income families to buy. The replica was built for the Des Moines Home and Garden Show running this weekend.
Nathan says, "It shows you ways to use the merchandise, flooring, paint, things you can purchase there and then also how to upcycle things you can find at the ReStore."
Upcycling is a practice of creating new items from old things like doors or lamps. Nathan shows an example of a couch made out of an old door. She says, "We took the glass panels out, and then upholstered some panels to put it in place. And, then they used the other doors to make the frame of the couch."
Nathan says about twenty people worked for three days to design and build the home and turn old items into new pieces. She shows a bench and shelf that can be used by your door. She says, "This is another great example of upcycling. This is an old door. We've got some trim pieces, some old door knobs, and old mail slot. It makes a really great piece for your entry way."
Des Moines Home and Garden Show Manager Shannon Nathe says organizers wanted to include the Creative Solutions home because of the upcycling interest. She says, "People are just trying to get new ideas of what they already have and repurposing it and making it fresh and new for their homes"
Nathan says, "I think Pinterest has a lot to do with it, but we're really excited because the store is just a wealth of merchandise and then all the proceeds from the Habitat ReStore benefit our mission."
Des Moines Home and Garden Show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Iowa Events Center. Tickets are $11, $9 if you buy online.