About Us

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 children take great care in testing the toys and other items for durability and play value).

We used to have a store in the ByWard Market of Ottawa, that opened in 2009.  We cannot comfortably accommodate warehouse browsing currently, amidst the current health climate, but please get in touch with us to arrange local contactless pick-up.  We hope to have a hybrid location in the near future for local customers to be able to browse in person again safely, if the conditions permit.

The majority of the wooden toys or other products sold at Nest are made in Europe or North America.

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 or certified organic 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.

Our focus is on biodegradability (near and dear to our hearts) and zero waste.  We hope to support values and offer options that promote semi-minimalism, ecological sustainability, and social justice.