Nest is a family-owned and operated small business, based in Ottawa, Canada. Owners Lisa & John-Paul take great care in selecting products that are sustainably made, aesthetically-pleasing, and of enduring quality. (And our son and daughter take great care in testing all of the toys and other items for durability and play value).
We used to have a store in the ByWard Market, but now we are selling online only, although we try and accommodate visits to our warehouse for pick-up or to see items in person, arranged ahead of time.
The majority of the wooden toys or other products sold at Nest are made in Europe or North America. Many of them are from smaller ‘cottage industry’, work-at-home-moms or husband-and-wife team businesses; some are from social support projects; some from part-time crafters and hobbyists. All are guaranteed to delight!
Nest sources only from companies with a very strong commitment to the environment and social equity. Almost all of the textiles nest offers for sale are ecological cotton, organic wool, and silk free from chemical processing. This means that a high regard for ecology has been maintained through every stage of manufacturing – for example, in the case of the wool, this regard is evident from the land the sheep graze on and livestock management, to the dying and processing of the wool itself.
Wooden children’s toys are made with wood from sustainably managed forests and coloured with water-based pigments, exceeding the European Toy Safety Standard EN71.