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Show Us How You Get Wasteless, Toronto!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

  In celebration of Waste Reduction Week and Zero Waste October, we’re launching a giveaway to WIN a pair of tickets to see Bea Johnson in Toronto on October 26. Everyone who participates in the giveaway campaign will also be entered into a draw to win a backpack from Patagonia, which was generously donated for the event.     How to Enter the #LetsGetWasteless Giveaway:   Share a photo on Instagram OR Twitter showing one action you take to reduce waste. TAG a friend in your post who you would like to bring with you to see Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home in Toronto. TAG Toronto Tool Library on Instagram @torontotoollibrary OR Twitter @TOtoollibrary Use the hashtag #LetsGetWasteless in your post.   NOTE: if you are participating on Instagram, your account has to be public for us to be able to see your post.   The winner of the giveaway will be selected at random and notified on October 24th. The winner will be contacted on via their post on either Instagram or Twitter. Following the giveaway for tickets to the event, each person who participated in the #LetsGetWasteless campaign will also be entered into a draw to win a Patagonia backpack. The winner of the backpack will be selected at random and contacted on their post, either on Twitter or Instagram....

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Special Renewal Offer

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Slider Home Posts |

Dear members, This week we announced our new membership options featuring combined Tool Library and Sharing Depot options. As a special gift to members who have been with us before this change, we are happy to offer a special renewal offer! For this special offer we will add one year onto your membership PLUS you will automatically get upgraded to a High-Five Membership for the remainder of your current year. Offer expires by October 31st, 2017! High Five Membership ($100+HST) Pay with...

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Combined Memberships and New Pricing Structure

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

  As the Toronto Tool Library approaches its fifth year in operation, we are immensely proud to have loaned almost 60,000 items, saving our members millions of dollars by providing them with access to the tools they need without having to purchase them to own. One of our most popular tools – cordless nail gun (pictured below) – has been borrowed a remarkable 108 times. By sharing this single tool, which retails at $299.00, our members have saved over $32,000!     After Toronto whole-heartedly embraced the concept of borrowing tools, we decided it was time to push the envelope further – what other things could be shared within a community? We launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 and successfully raised over $30,000 to launch Canada’s first Library of Things – The Sharing Depot. Within a month we opened our doors to a combined Tool Library and Sharing Depot location at 1803 Danforth ave., which has since expanded to a second combined location at 830 St. Clair West.   The success of the Tool Library and Sharing Depot has made it clear that Toronto is a city ready to adopt alternative ways of accessing the things they need. What has been less clear, however, is how to operate these community sharing hubs sustainably.   We have struggled to find a pricing model that fits our operating costs while remaining accessible to our members. Increasingly, we heard from our members that a combined membership would simplify things and increase borrowing.   New Membership Options:   After long discussions with our team and our members, keeping in mind the budgets of our members and our organization, we are excited to announce a new pricing plan that reduces our types of memberships from 10 to 4 and combined memberships at just over half the price they were previously. We have also added a renewal feature for our High-Five Members, something that was long overdue (excuse the pun). Here are the new prices in all their sharing glory: What Happens for Current Members?   For Parkdale members, we are hoping to open a combined location in Parkdale at some point but in the meantime members choosing ‘Twice the Fun’ or ‘High Five’ can access our locations in Hillcrest or East York. Here is a short summary list of current membership types and the effect this new structure will have. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions. Current Casual Members: Your membership will remain the same, we have changed the name ‘Casual’ to ‘Basic’. Current Frequent or High-Five Members: Your membership will be unchanged however can be upgraded to include the Sharing Depot or the Tool Library for $10 plus HST. Otherwise, once your membership expires, renewals will...

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A Winter Alternative to Farmers’ Markets: the Good Food Box

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Slider Home Posts, Tool Blog |

The Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot at 1803 Danforth Ave are partnering with FoodShare Toronto as a pick-up location for their Good Food Box Program! As the summer farmers’ markets wind down, a Good Food Box is a great winer option for those looking for fresh produce. What is the Good Food Box Program? FoodShare’s Good Food Box is a subsidized fresh produce distribution program. FoodShare’s distribution of fresh produce started 15 years ago as a way to create linkages between field and table. The goal was to increase the income of farmers, at the same time make affordable produce more accessible to Toronto communities. Find more information about the project online here. This is the easier, cheaper way to access local, seasonal produce in Toronto. * How Does It Work? * Step 1: Select which food box you would like to order. You can see what’s inside the different boxes by clicking here. Step 2: Contact Jonathan at to place your order. Step 3: Your box will be delivered to 1803 Danforth Ave, Toronto Tool Library/Sharing Depot. Delivery days are the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Pick up your box and enjoy! Step 4: Repeat steps 1 through 3! Order A Good Food Box! Find out more about the Good Food Box program by reading their online flyer. To order your box, contact Jonathan at  * Why order a Good Food Box?   1) You Save Money The Good Food Program acts like a large buying club purchasing large quantities of produce from farmers and the Ontario Food Terminal at affordable rates. They are able to do this because all the boxes are pre-ordered and each type of box contains the same contents. Like our organization, volunteers who give their time help to keep rates down for you. Over 15 volunteers come to FoodShare’s warehouse every week to pack up to 1500 boxes. FoodShare also subsidizes the cost of the staff, warehouse rent and delivery costs by accepting generous donations and grants from the public, governments and foundations. The value of the $18 box at a regular supermarket often ranges between $25 and $27, depending on the store and the time of year.   2) You Support Local Family Farms A healthy farm economy helps to boost the urban economy and helps ensure we have access to affordable, local produce. By building relationships with local farmers we keep box prices low while paying hardworking farmers a fair price.   3) You Support the Environment Whenever possible, the Good Food Box features seasonal Ontario-grown products, supporting local farmers and saving fuel. Eating local food that is in season is more environmentally friendly: Imported food travels on average 2,500 km before it reaches our homes. That is roughly the...

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Drop, Swap and Shop is back!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Slider Home Posts |

Please join us for our bi-annual Drop, Swap and Shop event at the Evergreen Brickworks on October 22nd from 10am-4pm. Try swapping instead of shopping at our Swap Mall. Pass on things you don’t use, like that funky purse that was never “you,” for things you really want, like winter kids clothing, hockey gear or even records! Pick-up one-of-a-kind items from a variety of Swap Stores, contribute to the sharing economy and connect with your community at this cool event. Presenting Sponsor Recycle My Electronics will be on site to help you recycle your end-of-life electronics in a safe and sustainable way. How It Works: For each item you drop off you will be given 1 ticket in return. If you bring 10 clothing items, 2 casserole dishes and 1 framed art piece, you will get 13 tickets in return. Each item dropped has equal value. Please note there is a 25 item maximum. We will NOT accept any more than 25 items. You will be asked to bring additional items home. All items must be gently used, clean, and functional. Shopping Categories: Baby Supplies: Clothes, shoes, blankets, bottles, dishes, toys, & accessories Children’s Clothing & Toys: casual wear, outerwear, shoes, accessories, clean & working toys Women’s Clothing & Accessories: casual wear, work wear, fancy dress, handbags, jewellery, shoes, suits, jackets, outerwear, athletic wear, jeans, t-shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, shorts, rompers, dress pants, jumpsuits, hoodies, scarves, hats, vintage items, silk tops, high heels, ballet flats, running sneakers, Men’s Clothing & Accessories: casual wear, work wear, suits, dress shirts, t-shirts, jeans, zip-up hoodies, wallets, belts, ties, jewellery, athletic wear, bags, hats, & scarves Housewares & Art: dishes, fine china, utensils, small appliances like blenders, juicers, bread makers, linens, quilts, lamps, framed art, ceramics, craft supplies, tools, small furniture like coffee tables or chairs Media/Entertainment: DVDs, Blurays, video games, books, CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, art supplies, & instruments Sports & Recreational Equipment: hockey gear, ski equipment, tennis rackets, soccer balls, skates, golf clubs, nets, free weights, yoga mats, jump ropes, rollerblades, boxing gloves, skateboards, & camping/hiking gear Getting There: Enjoy increased Shuttle Bus service from Broadview Station provided by Mulmer Services Ltd. Buses will run every 15 minutes between 10am and 5pm on October 22....

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Bea Johnson in Toronto!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Slider Home Posts |

Looking to get started on a Zero Waste Lifestyle in Toronto? Join Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home, renowned speaker, author and a leader in the zero waste movement in Toronto this fall! Bea, her husband and her two kids managed to produce just one mason jar of waste in an entire year by using strategies and forethought that everyone can adopt, saving 40% of their annual budget at the same time. Click Here for Tickets! Date: October 26, 2017, 7-8:30pm Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON M5G 1B1 The evening will include a talk, panel discussion and Q&A session. A huge thank you to the Toronto Tool Library, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Toronto Environmental Alliance for their generous support in this event! Click Here for...

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