February 20th, 2015
Who doesn’t want to live in a Smart City? Well “San Diegans” are happy to see that National Geographic has recognized our city to be just that! San Diego is one of 18 cities from around the world chosen by Nat Geo to be featured in a new documentary series entitled “Smart Cities”.
“The city has exceptional academic and research institutions, which provide a ready stream of talented individuals to a diversified 21st century-focused industry mix. All this is encased in a remarkably livable city environment, a city, which in itself, recognizes a strong commitment to citizen welfare.” – Ian Mcfarlane, National Geographic.
Here are a few aspects of our city that have caught Nat Geo’s attention:
- Environmental innovation at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Smart Grid.
- The Port of San Diego and how it has become a leader in environmental issues with its new shore-power system at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
- How San Diego attracts innovation and talent, highlighting the work being done by J. Craig Venter with human genome sequencing.
- UC San Diego’s San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, which engineers algae for the production of hydrocarbon molecules that can be used as biofuels.
- The innovation in yeast cultivation done by San Diego-based White Labs, highlighting San Diego’s dynamic craft beer scene.
- Northrop Gumman’s work with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for NASA which are involved with climate change measurements.
- The New San Diego Central Library, its stunning architecture and dynamic public art.
- San Diego’s active lifestyle and action sports culture. Surf legend Rob Machado will share the work of his foundation, which helps provide clean drinking water and engages disadvantaged youth in healthy lifestyle activities.
We would like to add to the list the fact that Bumbleride Offices and Showroom call San Diego home. Who wouldn’t want to live in a County that is the Avocado Capital of the U.S.?
We look forward to watching this series when it airs this spring. Stay Classy San Diego!
November 14th, 2014
Rise Above Plastics
Throughout October , the Surfrider Foundation led a ‘Rise Above Plastics’ campaign by providing tips on how to reduce your plastic footprint and simple ways to implement change in your daily routine. The Surfrider Foundation’s mission is to protect and enjoy our oceans, waves and beaches. Here are 10 ways to rise above plastics:
- Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
- Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them. A great wat to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
- Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
- Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
- If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.
- Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!
At Bumbleride we are always looking for more ways to upcycle, recycle and reduce our plastic use. That’s why every stroller that Bumbleride manufactures, contains 14 recycled plastic bottles in a single seat fabric. That means plastics saved from land fills and our oceans. Our recycled fabric is called PET and allows us to use materials that already exist and avoid using all new material. Learn more about our fabrics here, http://www.bumbleride.com/our-fabrics .
We greatly encourage you to get involved in your own community and to take an extra step this month and help recycle. We strive to do just that by frequently taking the office outdoors and cleaning our local beaches, http://www.bumbleride.com/blog/earth-day-bumbleride-beach-cleanup. We have also established a Bumbleride recycling program at our offices in San Diego. We continue to work hard to be more responsible with our products and as a company but are proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far. We also know that educating our children starts with us setting a good example.
We support and appreciate the Surfrider Foundation‘s Rise Above Plastics campaign, http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics .
April 25th, 2014
We love seeing organizations rally support for conservation, recycling and cleaning up local waterways or beaches. Thank you Surfrider Foundation, Wildcoast, Ocean Minded, I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper and Sustainable Coastlines! This year we took some time off from work to help keep one of our local beaches clean for future generations. With the help of our staff, beach go-ers, local moms and a few little helpers we were able to remove 15lbs. of assorted trash and hundreds of cigarette butts! Thank you so much to those who joined us in cleaning up the beach! If you want to join a beach cleanup or offer your support, check out one of the organizations linked above.
April 22nd, 2014
Earth Day serves as a great reminder to make every day Earth Day. We wanted to share a few quick tips for reducing a family’s impact on the global community. Make sure to share the reasons for these activities with your little ones so they can learn how important it is to minimize our impact on the environment.
- Reduce water use and waste by:
– Turning off the water while you brush your teeth.
– Turning off the water while you wash dishes.
– Wash your car with a biodegradable soap like this one, http://eagle1.com/enviroshine-car-wash in a location where runoff can go into landscaping or plants, not into the street or storm drain.
– Taking a 5 minute shower or less.
- Eat local and seasonal food. Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?
- Grow your own vegetable or herb garden and plant fruit trees. Have your kids help with planting, harvesting and cooking. They might be more interested in trying what they helped grow, read more here: http://eartheasy.com/grow_gardening_children.htm.
- Repair before buying replacements (clothing & tools).
- Start composting your leftovers if you have a backyard, http://www.wikihow.com/Compost.
- Carry a reusable bag in your diaper bag, purse or car for shopping and groceries.
- Reduce single use plastic water bottles by:
– Use a filtered pitcher/dispenser/faucet like Brita, https://www.brita.com/. A single water filter can take the place of up to 300 water bottles. That’s enough bottles to make 21 exterior Indie fabrics! Learn more about our fabric here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/our-fabrics.
– Use a reusable water container like Nalgene, http://nalgene.com/.
- Reduce everyday plastic use like sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box and thermos/Nalgene. Skip Hop has some great options, http://www.skiphop.com/product/sandwichandsnackbagset.html.
- Bring a go-to-mug with you to coffee shops, smoothie shops and even restaurants that allow it.
- Volunteer for a local beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation, http://www.surfrider.org/Â or other coastal conservation group.
We’d love to hear how your family reduces their footprint in the comments below!
November 4th, 2011
Since launching our ‘Natural Edition’ strollers featuring a recycled polyester outer shell and bamboo blended interior, we have been interested in other companies that take advantage of such innovative materials.
Timberland is one of them, using recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate in their ‘Earthkeepers’ clothing line. Learn more about it here.
Recycled PET is consisted of plastic bottles, creating stronger tensile strength than normal fabrics. It can also be made to be soft to the touch and very durable.
It’s cool to think that each Bumbleride ‘Natural Edition’ stroller uses about 13.5 recycled plastic bottles for it’s outer shell fabric! We’re excited to be using this material and hope to be able to take advantage of it more in the future.
August 3rd, 2011
Extremehorizon has introduced a bag using bamboo charcoal fabric that protects the life and health of wetsuits by absorbing odor and preventing bacterial growth. We view this as the ultimate test of the effectiveness of the bamboo fabric used in our new Natural Edition. The natural bamboo pores make it excellent for absorbing odor and safely inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungii.
To learn more, click here to read the Surfwire article.
April 28th, 2011
The Bumbleride team spent a part of Earth Day cleaning up one of our local beaches. We received quite a few fan photos on our Facebook page of you guys recycling, staying active and spending time with your family. Here are a few fun images that were submitted.
April 15th, 2011
Earth Day 2011, April 22nd is fast approaching! How do you plan on making a contribution?
Project Bumbleride would like to offer a free reusable Project Bumbleride canvas shopping bag to Bumbleride owners who take a picture of their family doing a green activity on Earth Day and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be shared on our Facebook page and our blog. See contest details below.
To enter, send your photo and caption to email@example.com between Friday April 22nd and April 26th. We will then upload your photo to a Facebook album to share your helpful work with the community.
Giveaway details: Open to US and CAN only. Limit one bag per household. Photos must be submitted between April 22nd and April 26th. Shipped via USPS. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
Beach Cleanup Details:
On Earth Day April 22nd, Bumbleride will be hosting a beach cleanup at Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA at 1:30pm-2:30pm. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. We will start at the North side of the OB pier.
We would like to invite any local Bumbleride owners and friends to join us in cleaning up the beach!
April 14th, 2011
Natural Edition will be shipping later this month and is available for pre-order from our retailers and soon our website at http://www.shop.bumbleride.com. For a retailer in your area click here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/retailers.php .
March 16th, 2011
The devastation in Japan is heartbreaking. Below are a few links to make any contribution you can to the Japanese Red Cross, Unicef or Save the Children. Every little bits counts.
Japanese Red Cross
Save the Children