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


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    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.

Speed Jogging Stroller Wins!

October 12th, 2016



Thank you Bumbleride Family for helping vote for Speed in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards  for the Gear Category for Renown Jogging Strollers!!!

Speed offers the the only partial swivel for jogging strollers in the world. Learn more about our Speed jogging stroller here.

View all the national winner’s here!

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Renowned Jogging Strollers- Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards – Bumbleride Speed FINALIST

September 14th, 2016

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Renowned Jogging Strollers- Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards – Bumbleride Speed FINALIST – We Need Your Vote!

We are so excited to be nominated a FINALIST again in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards in their GEAR category for Renowned Jogging Strollers! Help us walk away with the win by voting by clicking here or below. Thank you so much for your vote!! These awards help parents find the best gear and services for their families and each vote helps Bumbleride grow!

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Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards is the largest awards program in the greater parenting community. This year, our entire community (think: our HQ team, editors, writers, readers and you!) has tirelessly searched coast to coast evaluating thousands of businesses in over 100 categories to bring you the best of the best (because let’s be honest: you deserve the best)! We have spent the whole year testing out classes, exploring new play spaces and getting up close and personal with the newest and coolest gear in search of the unquestionably great. The end result is the exhaustive collection of nominees that we provide to our community who then decides and casts their votes for the ultimate Totally Awesome Awards winners.

Voting runs September 1 – 30, 2016 and the nominees with the most
votes in their respective category will be named this year’s
Totally Awesome Award Winner!

So start your engines, tell your friends and make your voice heard.

#TotallyAwesomeAwards2016

timeline:

Voting: Sept 1 – 30, 2016
Winners Announced: Oct 10, 2016

2016 Color Story

May 24th, 2016

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Color has always been a big part of who we are. A dominant facet of Bumbleride’s personality. Thirteen years ago when Bumbleride was just a concept, we recognized a void in the industry. Stroller companies were very conservative with textile design and color. Being in our 20’s at the time we didn’t want to play things so safe. We wanted to have fun and help families celebrate the birth of their babies with vivid color and stylish design. That is still true today.

Each year we enjoy projecting what colors will stand out as something new. Not always monochromatic but also combinations of color with hood linings and details on our strollers to keep things fresh.

Living in San Diego and enjoying the outdoors, nature is always inspiring us. In this years collection, one of our favorites is Tourmaline. A soothing blue green that mimics the colors of the ocean. Another addition that we had fun designing is Camp Green. A limited design for 2016 reminding us of trips with our kids to the mountains. We combined an olive green with tan lining and orange cording. Plus our Camp Bumbleride patch evokes adventure and getting outside.

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While some colors we choose are bold, we still love the palette of grounded colors with bright accents. When selecting colors we give a lot of attention to the right hue, even when choosing a black or grey. We lean towards saturated rich depth in even our staple colors. Trends come and go but the quality of our strollers are designed for longevity. We want every feature to be current and timeless.

Textiles and fabrics for us have definitely evolved. Upon learning of the grim impact that textile production has on our planet we started to dig for changes we could make to improve our processes as much as possible. We are so proud to be using eco-conscious materials now.  It has been a goal for many years and now we bring to the stroller industry 100% RPET (28 post consumer recycled plastic bottles, available in colors: Tourmaline, Camp Green, Red Sand, Maritime Blue & Dawn Grey) and an innovative Solution Dye process that conserves water and energy (available in Silver Black color only).

One of the most fulfilling aspects of every year is seeing the favorite choices of our team and our customers. We look forward to seeing and hearing feedback of everyone’s connection with their personal color choice. Join the conversation @BumblerideWhich is your favorite color? We’d love to hear from you!

-Emily, Co-Founder

Learn More about Our Fabric Story

 

BUMBLERIDE REVEALS SPEED RUNNING STROLLER AT ABC KIDS EXPO

November 24th, 2015

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BUMBLERIDE REVEALS SPEED RUNNING STROLLER AT ABC KIDS EXPO

Environmentally-Friendly Company Unveiling New Products and Innovations

October 18, 2015 (San Diego, California) – Attendees of this year’s ABC Kids Expo are racing to the Bumbleride booth for a glimpse of the company’s highly-anticipated running stroller, the latest addition to their family of high-performance, environmentally-conscious strollers.

The first designated running stroller to join the Bumbleride family, Speed is designed to perform, no matter the athletic adventure. Totally versatile, Speed features Bumbleride’s new Speed3 steering which includes the following 3 modes:

1: Locked for running or training
2: 30-degree swivel for jogging or all terrain
3: Full 360-degree swivel for the city

Speed also includes all air filled tires (16” rear, 12” front) for maximum performance, comfort, and convenience, and an all-wheel suspension for the easiest push in its class. Weighing in at 23.5 pounds (including wheels and canopy), Speed measures 49”L x 25”W x 39.5”H when standing and 33”L x 25”W x 15.5”H when folded. A 20.5”L x 14”W backrest, 10”L x 14”W seat, and 13”L x 13”W foot well support kids safely and comfortably for years, and, with a handle-height range of 33.5”-44”H, Speed can be configured for the ergonomic comfort of almost any parent, as well.

In addition to the launch of Speed, visitors to Bumbleride’s ABC booth will also go ga-ga for best-selling strollers Indie and Indie Twin, all grown up with new-for-2016 updates. New features include a patent-pending hinge with 1-step fold system, single-lever recline, and redesigned handle; all new colors and fabrics; and auto locks. Every parent’s favorite stroller also includes updated front-wheel suspension for the smoothest push on the market, a new canopy design with pop-out extension and zip-off panel, and an included air pump.

Renowned for their unique, on-trend color palette, Bumbleride will also reveal new-for-2016 colorways, including a specialty retail exclusive color, at the ABC show. New colors include:

Matte Black – All black fabric and frame
Dawn Grey – Grey with mint canopy lining
Tourmaline – All dusty turquoise
Red Sand – Red with accent colour
Camp Green – Olive green with accent colour
Maritime Blue – Navy blue

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Ever committed to reducing the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes, Bumbleride has also announced a change in fabrics. Beginning in 2016, fabrics will feature a combination of Solution dyed polyester- a process that saves water and energy while improving a fabric’s fade resistance and rPET- clean, recycled plastic bottles. Bumbleride’s fabric is OEKO-TEX and Bluesign certified, ensuring the elimination of harsh chemical substances, the conservation of valuable resources, and minimal environmental impact.

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Now available in 19 countries, brand-new Speed and updated versions of Indie, and Indie Twin will be available in Spring 2016. Visit the proud parents at Bumbleride and view their newest additions at booth #6139 at the ABC Kids Expo October 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information on Speed, please visit Bumbleride’s brand new website and sign up for their newsletter at https://www.bumbleride.com/speed-running-stroller.

Pish Posh Baby – Top Picks from ABC Kids Expo – Bumbleride Speed Running Stroller

October 27th, 2015

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“Bumbleride is a beloved stroller company so so many parents have come to love and trust. Their Indie strollers are designed beautifully as urban strollers that can take you everywhere. Their all-new Bumbleride Speed running stroller is a true jogging stroller with Bumbleride’s classic style. The stroller is really sleek-looking without seeming bulky.

From first glance, we’re able to tell that it has a large canopy with a pop-out visor, easily accessible big underseat storage basket, air tires and adjustable handlebar.”

Read their full Speed review here, http://site.pishposhbaby.com/blog/2015/09/10/new-bumbleride-speed-stroller-full-review/ .

Growing Your Baby – Bumbleride Debuts Their Speed Jogger – Video Preview

October 27th, 2015

Growing Your Baby – Bumbleride Debuts Their Speed Jogger – Video Preview

Lisa of Growing Your Baby stopped by our booth at the ABC Kids Expo to learn more about our new Speed running stroller, our updated fabrics and improvements to Indie and Indie Twin. Our very own Ryan in the marketing department is shown demoing Speed in Camp Green.

“Well known for creating gear for parents of all lifestyles, Bumbleride has announced they will be expanding their collection to include a jogger!….” – Lisa Arneill

Read the rest of the article at, http://www.growingyourbaby.com/2015/10/21/bumbleride-debuts-their-speed-jogger-video-preview/.

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Magic Beans Blog – Meet The New Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller!

October 27th, 2015

Magic Beans Blog – Meet The New Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller!

“The Bumbleride Indie, while not officially a jogging stroller, has long been a favorite of casual joggers, with a lockable wheel and big air-filled tires, along with a ton of other perks (all-terrain wheels, rear suspension, tons of storage, eco-friendly fabrics, a HUGE canopy, a near-flat recline, and more). This year, Bumbleride is adding another option for more dedicated joggers: the unique and lovely Bumbleride Speed Jogging Stroller, optimized to get you where you need to go, FAST!

In our video, Pati, the friendly voice at the other end of the line if you call us, demonstrates some of the cool new features on this exciting new jogger:

The most obvious innovation on this jogging stroller is the three swivel modes:

  • Full swiveling, for optimal maneuverability when you’re strolling the city or suburbs;
  • Locked in place, for running; and
  • A 30-degree swivel, which will help only-sometimes joggers handle corners, and will come in handy when you’re hiking!

The new fabrics are also absolutely fabulous – we love how they’ve made them even more eco-friendly while improving the quality even further. Everyone wins!”

Source article, http://mbeans.com/spillingthebeans/baby/strollers/pick-up-some-speed-with-bumbleride-in-2016-meet-the-new-bumbleride-speed-jogger/ .

Baby & Kids Magazine – We’ve got the buzz on Bumbleride from co-founder Matthew Reichardt

October 7th, 2015

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Read the whole digital summer issue or the original Bumbleride interview here , http://www.talcottdigi.com/0715Baby/ .