FREE Curbside Pickup in Toronto / $10 Fast Local Delivery / At-Cost Shipping Across Canada and Contiguous U.S.A.

FAQ

 

We are thrilled to be designing a wide range of original, upcycled learning toys, games and activities for you! Get to know Tiny Toy Co. 

WHAT IS TINY TOY CO.?

Tiny Toy Co. is the brainchild of kindergarten teacher, teacher-librarian, and curriculum planning pro, Rebecca Saha.

We collect, corral, and curate unwanted toy "debris" to give it a second life in upcycled early learning activities. From phonemic awareness, to vocabulary building, to creative thinking, to fine motor development, to S.T.E.M. -- we're doing it with big curriculum design talent and a small environmental footprint!

In addition to designing our own learning activities, we refurbish great educational games and collect S.T.E.M. bin toys. Our "reverse bulk store" approach collects individual pieces of great S.T.E.M. toys like Lego, Duplo, K'Nex, Jenga, Thomas the Train / Brio, Snap Circuits, and more, until new sets can be created.

Together, we can tackle toy waste and create literacy, instead of litter.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? DO YOU SHIP TO MY AREA?

Tiny Toy Co. is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our delivery and shipping options now include:

  • FREE Curbside Pickup from 18 Elliott Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M8X 2P8
  • $10 LOCAL COURIER anywhere in the GTA within 24-48 hours
  • AT-COST shipping across Canada and the contiguous U.S.A. via local courier and Canada Post expedited shipping.
  • Please note that we no longer offer pickup of your unwanted toy waste at the same time as delivery of your order. Deliveries in the GTA are now made within 48 hours by a great local courier. Pickups in the GTA happen once a month, and you will be able to select your most convenient pick-up date when selecting that item here.

DO YOU ACCEPT RETURNS OR EXCHANGES?

Due to the unique nature of our products, and their excellent but secondhand condition, as well as the proprietary nature of our original activities, we do not accept returns or exchanges. You are welcome to donate unwanted toys and toy parts/pieces back for continued upcycling.

WHAT IS UPCYCLING?

Upcycling is the creative reuse of existing objects in new ways, for new purposes. The phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle," is a prioritized list. The best way to tackle our global toy waste problem is to buy fewer things in the first place, and to choose more carefully. Many toys are made of mixed materials and cannot be effectively recycled. Tiny Toy Co. creatively repurposes tiny toy waste into upcycled learning activities, diverting these items from the landfill.

HOW DO I GET MY TOY WASTE TO YOU FOR UPCYCLING?

There are now 3 ways to upcycle your toy waste to Tiny Toy Co. Find the one that best suits your needs here.  Please note that we no longer offer pickup of your unwanted toy waste at the same time as delivery of your order. Deliveries in the GTA are now made within 48 hours by a great local courier. Pickups in the GTA happen once a month, and you will be able to select your most convenient pick-up date when making your booking here.

WHAT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Tiny Toy Co. accepts ALL small toys (smaller than your fist) as well as all game pieces. We love refurbishing incomplete board games, wooden puzzles, and educational/logic games.

We especially love realistic tiny toys that look like objects pre-readers and early readers will recognize and name: toy animals, dollhouse accessories, American Girl doll accessories, Barbie accessories, and other realistic tiny things.

We love incomplete games, and game pieces, by educational brands like eeBoo, Thinkfun, Smart Games, and Blue Orange, as well as classic board games like Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Boggle, Chutes & Ladders, and more.

We collect and "Re-Bulk" individual pieces of systems like: magnetic fridge letters, Lego, Duplo, K'nex, Meccano, Lincoln Logs, Bananagrams, Jenga, Thomas & Friends, Playmobil, Goldie Blox, Snap Circuits, Magformers, and other great S.T.E.M. toys.

We accept sand & water toys, as well as Play Doh tools, McDonald's toys, and Kinder Surprise eggs too!

We DO NOT accept toys bigger than your fist, broken pieces of toy plastic, incomplete boxed puzzles, stuffed toys, art supplies, homemade crafts, already-completed craft or STEM kits, household goods.

CAN MY SCHOOL HOST A TOY DEBRIS COLLECTION DRIVE?

If your school, club, or community group want to get involved, that's exciting! Getting kids involved in solving the global toy waste crisis is a big part of what we do. We look forward to resuming our connection with schools after Covid-19 resolves.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH TOY DEBRIS YOU CAN'T USE?

Great question! We carefully research recycling, reuse, and donation opportunities for every item placed in our collection boxes and do our very best -- which is pretty darned good, if we do say so ourselves! 100% of the proceeds from our Toronto home pickups of toy waste here, as well as donations made here, go towards the mechanical recycling of un-reusable toy waste through TerraCycle Canada. Follow @tinytoyco on social media, where we share lots of great info about how we responsibly reuse, recycle and redirect unwanted toys and toy plastics.

DO YOU DO WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENTS?

Teacher-librarian and Tiny Toy Co. founder Rebecca Saha and our growing team of licensed elementary educators are available for workshops with groups of school-aged kids (K-12) during school day afternoons, after school, and on weekends. Age-appropriate activities include learning about upcycling, and the global toy waste crisis through play-based, hands-on activities: sorting tiny toys, testing games and activities, working as a think tank to design new uses for tiny toys, and organizing a collection drive following the workshop. Middle school and high school groups can also learn about the process of running an eco business. Contact rebecca@tinytoyco.com for pricing and scheduling details. We look forward to resuming our workshop and public speaking events after Covid-19 resolves.

WHY CAN'T I SEARCH YOUR INVENTORY BY GENDER?

Tiny Toy Co. is committed to letting kids be kids, and to helping families choose toys based on kids' interests, rather than gender. We create learning activities and play sets based on themes and/or skills, e.g., upcycled loot bags for kids of all genders who love to Play, to Imagine, or to Battle. Likewise, we seek out and promote anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic curriculum resources and children's literature for reuse. We are actively committed to the permanent destruction, through plastics recycling, of any racist, sexist, or homophobic toys that come to us through any of our intake streams, and promote equity and diversity in all aspects of our operations. We are committed to anti-racist education and to the truth that Black Lives Matter. We welcome continued opportunities for growth, and input from the communities we serve. Reach out at info@tinytoyco.com with your questions or to get involved.

IS TINY TOY CO. A REGISTERED CHARITY?

Tiny Toy Co. is a not-for-profit, social enterprise business, rather than a registered charity. We personally collect and divert thousands of kg of toy waste away from landfills and waterways in the Toronto area and from around the country, as well as using our platform and a portion of our profit to effect social change. We are fuelled by volunteer support, donated materials, and voluntary contributions to our TerraCycle fund for the mechanical recycling of toy plastics which we are unable to reuse.

 

Still have questions? Contact info@tinytoyco.com and we will be happy to chat!