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March Break Maker Camp with TTLkids!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

We are thrilled to be offering an exciting array of workshops for Young Makers this March Break with TTLkids! We’ve got all the basic covered: electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, woodworking and robotics. Register your Young Maker for the whole week OR choose workshops individually. Keep those creative minds engaged over the break and give your kids something to show and tell when they get back to school!      See The Programs Register...

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Going Zero Waste – A Guide For Toronto

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

Following Bulk Barn’s recent announcement last week that they will now be making their reusable container program company policy across all locations (YAAS!), it seems the zero waste train in Canada is more than ready to leave the station. There are even rumours that Toronto will (finally) be getting the zero waste grocery store we’ve all been dreaming about for years (I mean come on Toronto, Montreal already has zero waste grocery stores and so does Vancouver). The zero waste movement is the answer we’ve been looking for in Canada for our serious (and embarrassing) waste problem. For those of you considering putting your garbage can on a diet and jumping aboard that zero waste train, here’s a handy list from someone who has been easing her way into a zero waste lifestyle (slowly) for a few years now. These are 11 things I recommend for those first staring out:   1) Don’t Start With A Jar Challenge  The zero waste movement was really launched into the mainstream a few years back with several flashy stories about bloggers who were taking the ‘jar challenge’ – they would only make enough trash to fill a single mason jar over the course of a year (Lauren Singer of Trash Is For Tossers can now boast TWO years of trash in a single jar). I considered starting my zero waste journey like this, but began having panic attacks and feared I would fill the jar only with tears of failure if I tried this now. After speaking with several Toronto bloggers, it seems the main barrier for starting a zero waste journey is the sense that it will be difficult. If this is how you feel, my advice is to find a place from which to launch and take baby steps. My launching place was the birth of my daughter 3 years ago. I made the conscious choice to use cloth diapers, which I purchased second hand on Kijiji. Pick one for yourself and see where it takes you.   2) Remember ‘The Five PillaRs’ Every movement needs a mantra and zero wasters are no exception to this rule. Pare Down, the Toronto-based family blazing the zero waste trail in this city, recommends keeping these five Rs close to your heart – and I agree. These will help keep you on track as you start transitioning your way into a zero waste lifestyle: The Five PillaRs Refuse what you do not need. Reduce what you do need. Reuse everything you can. Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce or Reuse. Rot the rest.   3) Never Leave The House Unprepared In the beginning, I found a lot of my slip ups happened because I was not prepared – I would forget my reusable bag, my glass jars, my coffee cup. Now when...

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The Forgotten R: 7 Ways To Refuse This Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Tool Blog |

The City of Toronto recently began distributing it’s waste management guide and collection schedule for 2017. If you are lucky like us, you already received yours in the mail. But before you switch over to the new year, the city of Toronto included a Holiday Campaign for the month of December 2016 encouraging people to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle correctly over the Holiday Season. While this is most excellent, we are reminded that the education around waste reduction has been stuck on the three Rs for quite some time now. If we want to shift our waste management strategy to a Zero Waste approach (as recommended by Toronto Environmental Alliance) there is a bigger, badder sister to the three Rs that we can call upon. Her name is R E F U S E. While it’s great to reduce consumption, reuse items where you can and recycle things properly, it’s also awesome to just not buy offensive culprits of waste in the first place. So here’s our edition to those of you looking to approach zero waste status. Happy Holidays from the Toronto Tool Library! 1) Avoid Excessive Packaging Whether you are looking for Holiday gifts, food items or out and about enjoying the Toronto Christmas Market shenanigans, say no packaging. Try to avoid products wrapped in excessive plastic and bring reusable shopping bags with you for gifts and groceries. Shop at the select Bulk Barns in the city that are conducting a pilot program to allow shoppers to bring their own reusable containers. Carry a reusable mug with you at all times for your candy cane hot chocolate (here’s a most amazing collapsible mug that will fit in your pocket). GREEN TIP: shop or swap for gifts second hand to avoid the waste involved in producing, shipping and packaging items new. Use BUNZ Trading Zone to swap for gifts. BUNZ Trading Zone has branched out from its beginnings as a Facebook page for community trades into a fully fledged app with a search bar. You can actually search for the exact item you are looking for and then meet up with the person in Toronto who has it. They are currently using the hashtag #GiftIt on their app to signify items that are giftable (new/like new or #BNIB – brand new in box).   2) Avoid Cheaply Made Products as Gifts At this point, we are all aware of the negative effects that mass, excessive consumption has on our planet. The cheaply made goods that look so pretty in window displays and colourful advertisements are not made to last. They break down and fall apart in no time and live out the rest of their non-biodegradable lives in landfills, leaching harmful chemicals and dyes into the...

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Holiday Membership Deal

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

Happy Holidays from the Toronto Tool Library! Why give them one tool when you could give them 5,000+ tools with a Membership to the Toronto Tool Library? To celebrate the generous spirit of the Holiday Season, we are offering a Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot Membership deal: From now through the month of December, when you purchase or renew a Membership to the Toronto Tool Library, you will receive 50% off a membership of equal value to The Sharing Depot, Canada’s first Library of Things! For example, if you purchase a High-Five Membership valued at $100, you will receive 50% off a High-Five Membership to The Sharing Depot. We will give you a Laser Cut Gift Certificate (pick up at one of our locations after December 1st) to put under the tree if you are purchasing the membership as a gift for a friend or family member! Casual Tool Library and Sharing Depot Holiday DealFrequent Tool Library and Sharing Depot Holiday DealHigh Five TTL and Sharing Depot Holiday DealCasual TTL MembershipFrequent TTL MembershipHigh Five TTL MembershipOrganization TTL MembershipHave a coupon?Apply (remove) Pay with Card...

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The Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time of year when people go into massive amounts of consumer debt to buy over-the-top gifts for people who probably won’t even use them. What makes this behaviour even more disturbing is the growing body of evidence revealing the detrimental effects of mass  consumerism on the planet. Don’t worry – we’re not the Grinch trying to steal Christmas. We’re simply here to make you think: is there an alternative way to participate in the gift-giving tradition of the Holiday Season without purchasing overpriced, unethically produced goods? YES. Welcome to your alternative gift shopping guide! 1) Community Swaps Participating in community organized swaps is a great way to recycle items you no longer want while picking up new items to give as gifts to friends and family. You don’t have to spend any money and you get to declutter your home simultaneously! You can organize your own swap amongst friends or join larger community run events, such as Toronto’s 4th Annual Alternative Gift Shop – coming up on December 10th and 11th!   2) BUNZ Trading Zone Maybe you’ve got a specific item in mind for that special someone that might be tricky to come across at a community swap. Before you go out and buy it, try finding it on BUNZ Trading Zone instead. BUNZ is an online community trading platform where you can create a post directly asking the community if anyone has the item up for trade (you need to find someone who is already on the BUNZ Facebook page to get added to the group, which is now up to almost 60,000 members). The other option is to get on the BUNZ App, where there is a search bar that will enable you to look for the item you want with a search term (see screenshot below). You can search for items close to you or city wide. BUNZ has never failed me when I’ve been in search of something specific – if you want to get a taste for how it works, read my blog about it here.   3) Make Your Gifts There’s nothing like a unique, handmade gift and with the plethora of DIY sites full of instructions for making all kinds of projects, it’s not all that difficult to make your own. We’ve got a Pinterest Page full of great DIY gift ideas – check them out for a little Holiday giftspiration! If you need access to tools or help learning how to use tools, you can join us at our 1803 Danforth Ave Makerspace for Community Night (this takes place every Wednesday from 7pm-10pm and we have volunteers on hand to help you...

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Toronto’s Alternative Gift Shop Dec 10-11th

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

It’s the most wonderful SWAP of the year – Toronto’s largest Alternative Gift Shop is back for its fourth season! Why buy gifts when you can swap for them instead? The Gift Shop will take place at The Shore Leave, 1775 Danforth Ave over two days: December 10th: launch party and swap from 4:30pm onwards December 11th: swap from 10am-3pm. How does it work? Bring your gently used, previously loved items to the Gift Shop and exchange them for new items to use as gifts for friends and family. Only bring items you deem worthy of being a gift. Items may be dropped off prior to the event during opening hours at our 1803 Danforth Ave Location.    Some examples of items that can be brought: *** – children’s toys, clothing and accessories – housewares – books – electronics – jewelry – musical instruments – kitchenware – clothing – handmade items – services (such as a gift certificate to a service you or someone else offers) – etc  *** Last year, 3,000 swaps occurred in our space. We’re hoping to break that record this year! Stay tuned for pre-swap drop-off times! *** Join the Facebook Event Page!  *** PLEASE SHARE this event with friends and...

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