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  • Tarryn Myburgh

Should second hand toys get a second chance?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

I was at the That Great Market over in Linfield the other day. It's held every 3rd Sunday of the month, attracting great numbers from all around Sydney. It's atmosphere is great. It's a place where you can meet the makers of local products, treat yourself to some yummy food, all whilst listening to the sounds of live music.

It's great to see people donating their clothes to The Smith Family bins on the side of the market. I noticed two pieces of very nice looking wooden toys and chairs next to the bin. Yes they are secondhand, but as I looked closer I quickly realised they were still in excellent condition. But the sad news is, The Smith Family clothing bins are not supposed to collect wooden toys.

The Smith Family bins
The Smith Family bins

It's Time for Change!

Second hand toys should be second chance toys. They are more often than not, in great condition. Many children receive new toys over Christmas and their birthdays. But at the same time, many don't. And often those that do, don't know what to do with their old toys and simply throw them in the bin. The toy industry is massive. Plastic toys, which tend to be inexpensive and vibrantly coloured, account for 90 percent of the market, according to a plastics trade magazine. Whilst they pose the same risk as any other plastic item on the environment, toys often have a shorter life spans and are practically impossible to recycle.

  • Revenue in the Toys & Baby segment amounts to US$773m in 2019.

  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2019-2023) of 9.2%, resulting in a market volume of US$1,100m by 2023.

This is why we need to make a change. Instead of throwing toys away, join our cause and donate them to someone else.

Give your pre-loved toys a new home

Give toys to children, not beaches waste!


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