Q & A with Zero Waste Nerd – Megean Weldon

April 27th, 2017

As you may have read, we strive to make every day Earth Day. So, throughout April, we’ve been sharing about how Bumbleride families eco in regards to these categories: Gear, Feed, Nursery and Play. To further show our commitment to How We Eco, we are donating 1% of April sales to 5 Gyres. The 5 Gyres Institute’s mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.

 

We talked to Megean Weldon, founder of Zero Waste Nerd and mother, about her website, why she chose Bumbleride and recommendations for families to reduce waste in small, easy steps. We thought you’d love what she has to say:

 

  1. How would you describe your website?

    I have designed my website to be a resource for those who aim to reduce their waste and live a simpler life. Though my website is called “zero” waste nerd, I preach that it’s not necessarily about producing absolutely no trash but about changing how we view our consumption obsession and making better choices. We’ve let convenience control us and have become incredibly disposable. There are many simple tips and tricks that I teach that will reverse those disposable tendencies and help everyone to reduce their waste dramatically.

 

  1. What are 3-5 small steps a family can take to make a big impact on reducing their waste?

    Most of our waste starts in the kitchen. The best thing about many of the tips I talk about is that the whole family can be involved. Composting is a great way to reduce anyone’s household, organic waste by nearly 2/3. Build a compost bin, take it to a local drop off location, or enroll in a curbside pickup. Vermicomposting (worm bin) is also a fun and unique way of composting your organic waste that the kids would definitely love.

    Another easy way to reduce waste is to replace all disposable items such as plastic, throw away cutlery, plastic bottle of water, paper napkins, and even paper plates with reusable alternatives. It also helps reduce your monthly spending considering you will no longer need to purchase replacement disposables later.

    Try shopping package free. Purchase items from the bulk bins, bring your own containers to the bakery, and refuse the produce bags all together. Not only will you reduce your waste considerably but you will find that most of the food that comes without packaging is the healthiest.

    Growing your own food is another way to become more sustainable and reduce your food miles. Start a garden or even just grow herbs on your window sill – it’s fun, it reduces waste, and it’s empowering!

 

  1. Which criteria do you recommend families consider and learn more about when shopping?

    When purchasing anything – whether it be baby gear, feeding products, nursery gear, or toys I stress to really be mindful of the companies and products you are supporting. We see so many companies, today, making products that are designed to break. It’s time we start supporting companies that value their products and work towards a circular model. Look for products that will last, look for companies that stand behind their products, and look for items that can be easily recycled once they have worn out.

 

  1. Tell us about your zero waste kit.

    My zero waste kit helps me refuse single use disposable items when I’m on the go. Most of the waste we generate happens outside of our home so being prepared is key to reducing waste. I use a mason jar for beverages and food storage, a reusable napkin for replacing paper towels and paper napkins, a stainless steel straw to avoid plastic straws, a stainless steel spork to refuse single use cutlery, a stainless steel container for food on the go and even leftovers at restaurants, and a cloth tote to contain everything and to refuse single use plastic bags. Now, I stick all of these things in the diaper bag and it works perfectly!

  1. What are some of your favorite other products or companies that are helping reduce waste?

    There are so many great companies striving to make a positive, environmental impact. One of the first companies I fell in love with was Planet Love Life. They are working to spread awareness and teach about marine debris and pollution. They collect fishing gear off of beaches that have washed ashore and turn them into beautiful bracelets – bracelets that in turn help spread the message of preserving our beautiful planet. Some of my favorite products that help me reduce waste are stainless steel straws and plastic free scrubbing brushes. Their not only beautiful to keep around, they are incredibly durable and will last a very long time. And finally, I have to give a shout out to Jessica and Nicole of Hand and Land in Kansas City. Their store is a one of kind shop that sources local makers and products as well as simple and natural health and beauty products. I’m. In. Love.

 

  1. Why did you choose Bumbleride?

    Supporting companies who stand behind their products, are mindful of their environmental impact, and strive for sustainable business practices is very important to me. I spent a considerable amount of time researching the perfect stroller that aligned with my values and excitedly came across Bumbleride. From the moment I read their mission, I fell in love. Every part of production from the materials to the manufacturing has been fine tuned to be the most sustainable. What other stroller companies do this? There isn’t many. Aside from their goal to preserve the beautiful world around us, their strollers are incredibly, and I truly mean INCREDIBLY wonderful to push and maneuver. After all of the strollers I have tested – some cheaper, some more expensive, Bumbleride was the best – by miles.

  1. Who are some of the people/companies you are following for zero waste inspiration?

    There are so many wonderful Zero Waste bloggers and Instagrammers that continue to inspire me every single day. The Zero Market in Denver Co is a huge source for my inspiration as a zero waste shop entrepreneur. Their goal to create a completely zero waste store aka store of the future impresses me greatly. They put so much effort and care into sourcing sustainable goods, recycling items intended for the landfill, and offering the tools for people to jump into the zero waste movement. I have recently started my journey to do the same in my area and have begun with an online shop called www.shopzerowastenerd.com.

    Some other fantastic bloggers are Andrea of Be Zero, Courtney of Be More with Less, Caitlin of Eco Cajun, and Meredith of Meredith Tested. But seriously, there are SO many wonderful bloggers out there striving to make the world a little better.

    -Megean Weldon, Zero Waste Nerd

    Make sure to visit Megean’s website, Zero Waste Nerd and follow her on Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


    Megean and family.


    Strolling and picking up litter.

    Grocery haul


    Grocery haul


    Megean’s brother getting a chance to push Indie at the local Farmer’s Market.

Sonnet James + Bumbleride at New York Fashion Week

October 24th, 2016

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We were honored that Sonnet James chose our Bumbleride Indie Twin in Silver Black for their New York Fashion Week trip.  The stroller proved to wear multiple hats for them and we love the photos. Check out their amazing trip, playful dresses (new line launches November 8th!) and cute baby Leif.

Follow along on Instagram: @sonnetjames + @remistoneman_photo.

“When we were planning our New York trip, we kind of dropped the ball on getting everything we needed for our sweet baby Leif while working on fabrics, samples, designing, and planning the entire shoot, hair and makeup, hotel stay, and flights for our ever growing team.  So when we panicked that we didn’t have a stroller, we searched for the perfect system that would meet our needs and compliment our brand.  When we came across the Bumbleride Indie Twin, it was exactly what we had in mind!  Even with one baby, we knew we’d need plenty of room for our equipment, dresses, cameras, and LOTS of water bottles.  The customer service was incredible and worked with us to flawlessly get the stroller to us in a serious time crunch.  And even when it was super hot and stuffy, we could open up the flaps for better air flow and more comfort for our littlest team member.  Since we left our hotel in the morning and didn’t get home until dark, our Bumbleride was also his crib, which worked out perfectly since each seat lays back to a completely reclined position.  Maneuvering the streets was smooth and easy and we can honestly say, from experience, that it saved our backs and feet, and since we didn’t have to wear a tower of hats and six layers of coats each just to get around, it also kept us as cool as we could get in Manhattan’s September heat.  Thanks for coming to our rescue, Bumbleride!!”

– Sonnet James

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Learn more about our Indie Twin double all terrain stroller.

Learn more about Sonnet James.

Surfing Animals Alphabet Book

February 2nd, 2016

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For many of us at Bumbleride, the ocean is our playground. So when this new children’s book, The Surfing Animals Alphabet caught our eye, we were excited to check it out.
Jonas Claesson, an experienced Illustrator, has ventured into new territory with his first children’s book with the help of writer and father James Redmayne (@jkredmayne) . This book both entertains and educates as you travel from A to Z. With tandem surfing kangaroos and a frog who surfs an old school log we know parents and kids alike will love this aquatic alphabet adventure.
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Winter Essentials for the Bumbleride Family

December 18th, 2015

Winter Essentials

Winter Essentials for the Bumbleride Family

As temperatures cool we want to help keep your little one warm and snug. We’ve got you covered with our list of Winter Essentials including hand picked classics made with organic materials and Bumbleride’s recycled fabrics. With the right gear and warm layers the winter season won’t keep you inside. Opt outside.

Earth Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22nd

April 3rd, 2015

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For the month of April we’re turning our logos green while we share tips, tricks and recommendations on how to repair or recycle your Bumbleride and how to reduce your family’s plastic use in just a few easy steps. We’ll also be hosting a beach cleanup locally in San Diego, CA. If you have any friends in San Diego please help spread the word, https://www.facebook.com/events/682444778533825/ ! Looking for an Earth Day event near you? We’ve included a listing of a few events below:

New York, NY Earth Day Events

Los Angeles, CA Earth Day Events

San Diego, CA Earth Day Events

  • 4/19 Earth Day Fair at Balboa Park. Make sure to say hi! to the Surfrider Foundation! http://www.earthdayweb.org/
  • 4/22 Bumbleride Beach Cleanup at Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego, CA from 2-4pm. Attend the cleanup with your Bumbleride to receive a free Parent Pack or Snack Pack! Facebook event page here, please RSVP and help spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/events/682444778533825/
  • 4/25  13th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 25th from 9AM – 12noon!  I Love A Clean San Diego has a record-breaking 106 countywide locations to choose from, each hosted by a trained site captain who will greet you upon arrival, http://www.creektobay.org/ .

San Francisco, CA Earth Day Events

  • 4/18 Earth Day Fair 2015 –  Featuring Kids acro jump  http://earthday2015.ca/search-an-event/ and https://www.facebook.com/EarthDaySF
  • 4/19 Earth Day Surfrider Beach Cleanup at Ocean Beach, Beach clean-up 9am-12pm. Drop-in and groups. We also encourage participants to bring their own gloves, grabbers, or buckets. Come on down and help save the beach! *Note* rain cancels clean-ups. BBQ at Church of Surf (3830 Noriega Street) to immediately follow the cleanup! http://sf.surfrider.org/calendar-2/
  • 4/25 Surfrider Baker Beach Cleanup – Beach clean-up 10am-12pm. Drop-in and groups. Hot coffee provided. We also encourage participants to bring their own gloves, grabbers, or buckets. Come on down, have a snack, and help save the beach! *Note* rain cancels clean-ups. http://sf.surfrider.org/calendar-2/

Chicago, IL Earth Day Events

Seattle, WA Earth Day Events

 

Canada Earth Day Events

British Columbia Earth Day Events

  • 4/25-4/26 Victoria- Creatively United For The Plaent Earth Festival – This free, fun-filled all-ages festival features live music and entertainment, short films and documentaries, innovative displays, local food, afternoon tea, yoga, children’s activities, art and art-making, electric car and bike displays, massage and healing arts, a silent auction and a locally-sourced organic green dinner and concert, http://creativelyunited.org/festival/ .

Landfill Harmonic

August 15th, 2013
 

 

Landfill Harmonic is an amazing film about a music teacher and a group of children who are growing up in a slum in Paraguay that is built on top of a garbage landfill. The film shows how they have been able to take everyday trash and transform it into instruments that make beautiful music, while transforming the children’s outlook on life. Truly Inspiring! Learn more at landfillharmonicmovie.com

 

Mobile Mania

March 15th, 2013

Nurseries tend to be a quiet and interesting place for your little one to call home and there’s no question that one of the most important (and iconic) items for a new nursery is the mobile. Mobiles are magical. There’s nothing like seeing your baby gaze up and follow the shapes, colors and movements in the sky.

Mobiles are also expensive. If you’re looking for something modern, simple and elegant, they can easily run up into the $50-$100 range. Some of our favorites are the Frazier & Wing as well as the Schmitt Design mobiles, available at Fawn & Forest (www.fawnandforest.com).

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If you’re the DIY type of parent, you can create one of these beautiful installations by using two wooden dowels, colored papers or foams and clear twine. The simplicity of this one we found online is stunning.

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Every child is an artist.

January 9th, 2013


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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso

Stereo Vinyl Mini Cruisers

November 21st, 2012

Inspired by what was affectionately called “Banana Boards” in the late 70’s, Stereo owners Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have introduced the Vinyl series boards. A great first board for kids that you dads will find tempting to swipe for a cruise to the neighborhood market.

Hatch Collection

September 19th, 2012



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Handy Pocket Guides

During nine months of what can become a clothing crisis, we can look to Hatch Collection http://hatchcollection.com/ for keeping our ever expanding waistlines looking stylish. Hatch clothing is uniquely designed to go beyond your pregnancy and keep you feeling elegant and modern. Flowing silk or jersey fabrics fit all occasions and for every piece of clothing sold, $5.00 is donated to Every Mother Counts, http://www.everymothercounts.org/ founded by Christy Turlington Burns. This Charity is active in raising awareness about global maternity mortality and educating women worldwide.