Natural Child World Magazine – Eco Excellence Awards – Best Stroller & Best Diaper Bag WIN!

July 24th, 2015

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Natural Child World Magazine – Eco Excellence Awards – Best Stroller & Diaper Bag WIN!

Thanks for your votes! We took 1st place in the NCW Eco Excellence awards for Stroller & Diaper Bag categories!

You can find the whole list of winners here, http://www.ecoexcellenceawards.com/#!categories/cee5 .

Childhood Unplugged

June 15th, 2015

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On our radar of worthy blogs  to check out is Childhood Unplugged http://childhoodunplugged.com/.

A collaboration of photographers from around the world capturing children doing what they do best, playing. We couldn’t agree more with the idea behind their work:

“We are making a conscious effort to encourage our children to get back to the art of play. Letting go of technology, if only for a little while, to explore once again the magic of imagination and curiosity.” 

It is also possible for your photos to be featured. They welcome submissions, http://childhoodunplugged.com/submissions/ . Prerequisite, the children must be unplugged!

Follow them on Instagram , https://instagram.com/childhoodunplugged/ .

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“PLAY IS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT AS IF IT WERE A RELIEF FROM SERIOUS LEARNING. BUT FOR CHILDREN PLAY IS SERIOUS LEARNING. PLAY IS REALLY THE WORK OF CHILDHOOD.” – FRED ROGERS

Talking with Ryan Willson about the Environment, Plastics, Pollution and How We Can Help

April 10th, 2015

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Talking with Ryan Willson about the Environment, Plastics, Pollution and How We Can Help.

“Being mindful of the environment and our impact as a manufacturer of strollers for babies is really important to us at Bumbleride. Ryan who heads up marketing is one of our major advocates and drivers of this in our company. So I wanted to pick his brain on plastics, pollution and what we can do.” – Matt Reichardt, CEO/ Co-Founder

Matt:  How has growing up in San Diego and going to college in Hawaii affected your view of the environment?

Ryan: Growing up in San Diego our family spent much of our free time at the beach where we were taught at an early age to leave the beach a cleaner place than we found it. Living in Hawaii amplified how important that rule is. Being an avid surfer, learning about Hawaiian history and seeing first-hand how families live off the land, I was able to get a better understanding of how critical the environment can be to daily living.

Matt:  You were recently featured by the Surfrider Foundation for your efforts to reduce plastics on our beaches can you tell us about that?

Ryan: I love hosting and participating in beach cleanups so when I saw that Method products was starting a program for Coastal Cleanup Day to upcycle ocean plastics into product containers I jumped at the opportunity to help. Method has an Ocean Plastic line of dish & hand soap bottles where a % of the bottles are made with upcycled ocean plastics, not just recycled plastics like most of their other products, http://methodhome.com/beyond-the-bottle/ocean-plastic/. With the support of the local San Diego Surfrider chapter and friends, we were able to fill a large pallet size container in a couple months. We look forward to filling up another container or two this year. Surfrider was kind enough to share about our efforts on their website here, https://sandiego.surfrider.org/a-local-members-efforts-to-alleviate-the-plastic-pollution-crisis .

Matt:  What do you see as the major environmental issues facing us today and what impact do you see manufacturing have?

Ryan: Pollution (air, water and soil) and natural resource depletion are two of the largest issues facing us today. Most manufacturing has a negative impact on these issues which is why there is a huge opportunity for more sustainable and responsible options. As more companies show working examples of responsible manufacturing, it will soon become the norm.

Matt:  How is Bumbleride working to reduce their footprint or impact on this crisis?

Ryan: At Bumbleride we are constantly evaluating our footprint. Part of the Bumbleride Promise is our commitment to responsible design which means we are mindful about the factories we work with and materials we choose. Currently we manufacture our fabrics with recycled materials and bamboo charcoal fiber but we’re researching new manufacturing processes and materials that reduce water and energy use even further. We recycle as much as possible at our offices and encourage public transit or cycling to work. We recently worked with the City of San Diego and their Green Business Network program to audit our energy in the office. They recommended improvements which we were able to take advantage of for free thanks to San Diego Gas & Electric.

Matt:  What can we do individually to help contribute to a cleaner community locally?

Ryan: The biggest things you can do to help keep your community clean is by reducing and refusing. Reduce and refuse: single use plastic bottles (water, soda, tea, etc), plastic straws, plastic grocery bags and disposable silverware or plates. Another great way to help your community is to join a local group like the Surfrider FoundationI Love a Clean San DiegoSan Diego Coastkeepers , Sustainable Coastlines or Shoreline Cleanup (Canada). Buying items in bulk reduces plastic waste and if you see a piece of trash or plastic in the street or gutter, pick it up and simply wash your hands later. Urban runoff is the largest pollution source for our oceans and waterways.

Matt:  I know you love surfing, what’s your favorite breaks around San Diego?

Ryan: Some of my favorite surf breaks in San Diego are Blacks, Trestles and Ocean Beach m/.

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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/ .

Rise Above Plastics – Change Begins Onshore

November 14th, 2014

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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 beachesHere are 10 ways to rise above plastics:

Ten Ways To Rise Above Plastics

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
  4. 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.
  5. Go digital!  No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
  6. Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
  7. 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.
  8. Volunteer at a beach cleanup.  Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.
  9. Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
  10. Spread the word.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!

At Bumbleride….

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.

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We support and appreciate the Surfrider Foundation‘s Rise Above Plastics campaign, http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics .

 

Earth Day – Bumbleride Beach Cleanup

April 25th, 2014

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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.

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Spring Stroller Predictions for 2014 Indie 4

Spring Stroller Predictions for 2014 Indie 4

10 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Footprint

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Eat local and seasonal food. Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?
  3. 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.
  4. Repair before buying replacements (clothing & tools).
  5. Start composting your leftovers if you have a backyard, http://www.wikihow.com/Compost.
  6. Carry a reusable bag in your diaper bag, purse or car for shopping and groceries.
  7. 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/.
  8. 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.
  9. Bring a go-to-mug with you to coffee shops, smoothie shops and even restaurants that allow it.
  10. 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!

 

Fabric with a purpose

November 4th, 2011


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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.

The Surf Industry finds a New Use for Bamboo Charcoal Fabrics

August 3rd, 2011


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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.

Earth Day Wrap-Up

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.

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