How is Stand Up Speak Up different from your average online store?

We care about more than just selling you something. It is first and foremost the mission of this company to put as much kindness as possible into the world while encouraging our community to be braver, wiser and more mindful of the world and people around them.

We accomplish this through promoting designs that speak to social justice topics and by donating 100% of our profits to foster care reform through Child Welfare PAC. We are also committed to doing as many Acts of Kindness as possible throughout the year, by donating products and cash to homeless and women’s shelters throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Find out more about How We Give.

Who runs Stand Up Speak Up?

Stand Up Speak Up was created by mother and son Karla and Zach Tolstoy. It came to be after a lifetime of conversations about ways they could help to improve the world. They wanted to create a company that encourages people, within their own community and beyond, to commit themselves to kindness first and would empower them to not only live happier and healthier lives but would also speak up and act to help others achieve the same.

Karla and Zach are supported by a (very) small team committed to helping them realize their dream. Each member wears multiple hats to make sure we are providing quality products and a great customer experience to everyone that visits us.

Find out more about Our Founders.


How do you choose your products?
Each of our products was carefully chosen to follow our mission to support allies and advocates, both helping them to start conversations about social justice and stigmatized topics and to promote safety, good health and self care.
When choosing our suppliers, we are looking for three markers:
  • Ethically made without the use of sweatshops
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Well made and high quality products that will last
Who creates the designs?
We work with a variety of artists from all over the world to create designs that speak up about social justice topics and encourage us to be kinder, braver and more open individuals. We commonly find them through social media platforms like Instagram and our pieces are a combination between ones envisioned and created by the artists that caught our eye and those that have been commissioned as a collaboration between the artists and our founders. Each design is available exclusively on our site.
Where are your products made?
Our prints, pillows and day totes are created by a dropshipper in Montreal, Canada. Our jewelry is made through a collaboration with bstrd.com and is made in Toronto, Canada. The remainder of our products come from manufacturers throughout the world. With each, we have done our due diligence to ensure that each company operates ethically without the use of sweatshop labor.
How do you price your products?
While we want to make our products accessible to as many people as possible, it is important to us to uphold a high standard of production and quality. We have selected products that offer fair pricing and ensure ethical practices.
It is our mission to donate all of the profits of each product to community organizations. Most of our products have a margin of about 80% of the cost going to the product production and 20% going to us. This percentage covers our company costs and staff before the remainder is donated.


Where do you ship to?
We can ship to customers worldwide. Customers in Canada are entitled to a $10 flat fee for shipping, with free shipping on orders over $75. International shipping rates are calculated at checkout.
What is your return policy?
If an item is damaged or you feel there is an error in your order, we are happy to help and encourage you to email us at customercare@standupspeakup.ca. However, we are not able to issue exchange or refunds on non-damaged custom-created products, which include our
masks, prints, pillows, and totes.
What are your shipping times?
We are a small and dedicated team who works hard to fill our orders as quickly as possible. Many of our items, including our tees, prints and pillows, are custom created with each order and are shipped out through dropshipping companies. For those items, the usual delivery time is 2-4 weeks within Canada and 4-6 weeks internationally. The remainder of our products are shipped out from our headquarters in the Greater Toronto Area and usually take 1-3 weeks to arrive within Canada.
*Please be aware that the current global pandemic has caused slowdowns within Canada Post and the USPS. With each of our items, we do our best to get them to your door as soon as possible. Once your order ships, you will have the ability to track your items, but please allow for additional time for your items to arrive.*
What is the best way to contact you with any questions/concerns?
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we’d love to hear from you!
Send us an email at customercare@standupspeakup.ca

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