Kids celebrate launch of environmentally-friendly Axminster shop selling pre-loved toys

Children in Axminster celebrated the launch of a new community shop that helps save the planet by selling pre-loved toys.  

No Toy Left Behind, run by volunteers, sells donated toys that have been saved from landfill and restored.

The not-for-profit venture, set up by Beth Steele, aims to reduce waste by encouraging people to buy recycled and second-hand toys, instead of new.

She said: “The launch was great fun. It was brilliant to be able to welcome so many people to our lovely community centre and to showcase everything we’ve achieved so far with No Toy Left Behind.

“We received lots of really positive feedback which makes the whole team happy after we’ve worked so hard to get ready to open.

“Getting to this point is a fantastic milestone to reach for our project and now we’re open we hope our community continues to support us in our mission to make buying second hand a brilliant alternative to buying brand new.”


Some of the pre-loved toys and games for sale.
Photo: No Toy Left Behind.

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The new community project sells pre-loved toys.
Photo: No Toy Left Behind.

No Toy Left Behind is open in Pippins Community Centre in Lyme Road, Uplyme, Axminster, from 1pm until 4pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The community project to upcycle second-hand toys was made possible with help from a successful crowdfunding campaign.

No Toy Left Behind accepts donated toys which are ‘meticulously cleaned’ and refurbished for resale at Pippins Community Centre.

As well as upcycling, the community interest company (CIC) plans to run workshops ‘to raise awareness of the environmental impact of consumerism’, plus partner with the local food bank ‘to help decrease social inequality’.

Beth said: “Having spent several months painstakingly cleaning and refurbishing over 20 wheelie bins worth of donated toys, we’re excited we have finally opened our shop to the community.”


The official ribbon cutting marked the launch of the new shop.
Photo: No Toy Left Behind.

The shop launch and official ribbon cutting included story time with local children’s environmental author Emily Hobson-Martin, a screening of the environmental short animation The Story of Stuff, an upcycling art project and an update on Net Zero Devon from from Catherine Causley, East Devon District Council’s climate change officer.

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