The Great Toy Rescue
Scotland’s annual celebration of swapping, sharing, donating and repairing takes place from 7-15 March 2020 and this year’s Pass it on Week theme is “The Great Toy Rescue”.
We live in an age where household budgets are stretched, yet belongings are often considered disposable and the first choice is nearly always to buy new. Pass it on Week is all about encouraging people to see the value in the things they have and reap the benefits of buying second hand or swapping with friends.
The Great Toy Rescue
Inspired by an episode of BBC’s War on Plastics series – featuring two young campaigners working to stop the distribution of free plastic toys with fast food happy meals – we’re calling on Scotland to take action this Pass it on Week to help to reduce the number of toys going to waste.
Why is re-use important?
Re-use is an important environmental issue for Scotland to tackle. As a nation we’re throwing too much stuff away. Landfill space is quickly running out, and in any case, burying things in the ground is harmful for the environment and a significant percentage of the things we get rid of are completely re-usable.
What can you do this Pass it on Week?
There are lots of ways to get involved this year…
- Host a swapping event with friends, family and neighbours - often toys are in perfectly good condition, but children are bored of them. Also great for parents of young babies – bring along your baby’s outgrown clothes to pass on and get some items for the next size up.
- Attend a Pass it on Week event – there are loads of events taking place across the country. Find your nearest one on our events page.
- Donate unwanted toys to charity – ask your kids to sort through their toys to find any that they don’t play with anymore. These can be passed on to a second hand store to start the next fun-filled chapter of their life with a new family.
- Upcycle – make toys from old clothes, wood or other items around the home. Or make new items out of old toys.
- Join a toy library – borrow not buy at a toy library like this one in Edinburgh.
Health and safety when buying second toys
- Check the item is clean and that all parts are present. As a precaution, you can use disinfectant to wipe down toys and games. In addition, cloth and linen items can be washed at 60C.
- Look out for the CE mark (CE stands for "Conformité Européene" which stands for "European Conformity")
- If it is cloth/fabric based, then check it is fire resistant.
- Check for sharp edges or finger traps.
- Make sure the item is in good condition - no rips, tears, broken bits.
- And, if there is a battery compartment, look for signs of leakage and that the item works.
Share your toy rescue stories
Are you getting involved in The Great Toy Rescue this Pass it on Week and turning pre-loved into re-loved? Share your photos and stories with us on our Facebook page.