Rutabaga Toys is a lending library for children's toys

ByWendy Daughenbaugh WPVI logo
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Rutabaga Toys is a lending library for children's toys
Rutabaga is a lending library for toys that promotes a pro-recycling, zero-waste mentality.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Once she had kids and realize how much waste was created, Krystal Cunillera created an Earth-friendly response: Rutabaga Toy Library.

Just like a library for books, you don't need to buy anything. You borrow, bring it back and borrow another.

And though dubbed a toy library, members borrow everything from baby gear to developmental toys to dolls.

Cunillera, a mother of two, says the key is to start kids young, making retail recycling the norm.

About 90% of the items at Rutabaga Toy Library were donated.

For parents, there's the added bonus of less clutter around the house.

Rutabaga also hosts zero-waste birthday parties with every party item either edible or reusable.

That means real silverware, real plates, real cup that are then simply washed.

Old t-shirts serve as napkins. The decorations are also upcycled with thrift shop fabric scraps becoming colorful streamers.

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3426 Conrad St c2, Philadelphia, PA 19129