Talking with Joel “Stone” – Little Italy + Bumbleride Recycler

July 24th, 2015

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Talking with Joel “Stone” – Little Italy + Bumbleride Recycler

  1. How did you get started recycling in Little Italy?

After recycling for myself, neighbors started asking for help with their recycled materials (cardboard, aluminum, pallets & glass). After meeting one of the local landlords in Little Italy who didn’t have a recycling program, I started helping them as well.  That was 15 years ago. Recycling is a side job for me besides my day job at the Post Office. After word of mouth, I now help recycle for much of downtown San Diego.

  1. What types of materials do you recycle?

Aluminum, cardboard, tin, glass, most all recyclables. Even plastics are collected at the local recycling yard for proper disposal, which I also provide.

  1. Is business growing?  Do you find people are trying to recycle more? 

My personal recycling business is going down since more and more companies are creating their own recycling programs with local waste disposal services.  I do see more and more people recycling on their own, now more than ever.

  1. Do you have any advice for people trying to recycle more often?

Just to emphasize the importance of recycling in regards to landfill space decreasing, recycling is more important than ever to help reduce our overall waste.

  1. How many pounds of Aluminum usually come out of an average stroller that you recycle?

It’s hard to say exactly per stroller since my aluminum is weighed in bulk. I have probably recycled almost 400 stroller frames since I’ve started recycling with Bumbleride almost 5 years ago.

  1. Do you have any recommendations on how we can make our strollers more recyclable?

For each stroller I have to drill and grind out each rivet. By using more nuts and bolts, dis-assembly and recycling would be much easier for the average person. Try to use less plastics since that is not as recyclable as your other materials.

Thanks Stone for your help, feedback and for helping Little Italy recycle!!

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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 .

Natural Child World Magazine Eco Excellence Awards – We need your vote!

June 24th, 2015

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Natural Child World Magazine Eco Excellence Awards – We need your vote!

 

Our Strollers & Diaper Bags have been nominated Finalists for the Gear: Strollers, Gear: Diaper Bags and Fashion: Accessories for Dad categories in Natural Child World Magazine’s Eco-Excellence Awards! Vote for your favorite gear, fashion accessories, breastfeeding products, cleaning products, nursery products, eco-hotels & much more! We’ve included a few quick links below to help vote for Bumbleride. Thank you so much for your vote!!

Gear: Strollers and Diaper Bag voting, http://naturalchildworld.com/question_categories/gear-2/.

Fashion: Accessories for Dad voting, http://naturalchildworld.com/question_categories/fashion/.

Musings on Motherhood – Emily Reichardt, Mom of 3 and Bumbleride Co-Founder

May 12th, 2015

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As my journey of motherhood continues I am so grateful to have so many wonderful mothers around me, in friends and relatives, that I am always learning from. Comparing stories and growing from each other is endless.

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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Warehouse Clearing Sale – {U.S. Only}

February 17th, 2015

Warehouse Clearing Sale

Items Available:

Flyer Fabric Sets $25 each (Seat Fabric and Canopy only) (compatible with 2009-2014 Flyers)

  • Aqua (Aqua Blue, similar to current Aquamarine)
  • Lava (Black and Grey) (LOW QTY)
  • Vita (Pink and Grey)
  • Seagrass (Green and Blue, similar to current Green Papyrus)

 

Flite Fabric Sets $25 each (Seat Fabric and Canopy only) (compatible with 2012-2014 Flites)

  • Seagrass (Green and Blue, similar to current Green Papyrus)
  • Ruby (Red and Off White)
  • Walnut (Natural Edition, Brown)
  • Ocean (Natural Edition, Deep Royal Blue)
  • Vita (Pink and Grey)
  • Fog (Grey and Orange, similar to current Fog Grey) (LOW QTY)

 

Natural Edition Snack Packs $15 each (compatible with 2009-2015 All Models)

  • Walnut (Brown)
  • Ocean (Deep Royal Blue)

 

{SOLD OUT} Movement Edition Indie Twin Carrycots $25 each (compatible with for 2009-2015 Indie Twins)

  • Jet (Black and bright Blue)

 

Indie Twin Non-Adjustable Bumper Bars $9.99 each for set of 2 (Compatible with 2009-2015 Indie Twins)

  • Ocean (Natural Edition, Deep Royal Blue)
  • Ruby (Red)

 

2011 Footmuffs & Liners $20 each (compatible with All Year Models)

  • Seagrass (Green and Blue, similar to current Green Papyrus)

 

To Order {US ONLY}:  Contact our friendly Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or info@bumbleride.com between M-F 8am-4pm PST. Shipping and taxes not included in pricing above. Please note Fabric Set includes only seat fabric and canopy.

Questions?: Have any questions on compatibility or color? Give us a call at 1 800 530 3930!

San Diego Magazine – A Sweet Ride

December 11th, 2014

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San Diego Magazine Bumbleride Feature A Sweet Ride

A Sweet Ride

Point Loma couple builds a stroller company for the urban active mom

As they say, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage. For San Diegans Matt and Emily Reichardt, this playground rhyme is not only true, it’s also a business plan.

In 2004, they started Bumbleride, a Little Italy-based company that makes stylish strollers for the savvy, athletic mom. All terrain tires, lightweight airplane-grade aluminum framing, and sleek designs make them hip, but not flashy. Consumers are comparing them to top-of-the-line brands like Bugaboo and BOB.

The Reichardts have known each other since they were kids in Point Loma. Both graduated from Point Loma High School. They later married, and while Emily was pregnant with their first child, they got an idea….

Read the rest of the article at http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/November-2014/A-Sweet-Ride/ .

Rise Above Plastics – Change Begins Onshore

November 14th, 2014

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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 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 .

 

Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

May 9th, 2014




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Bumbleride Parents – Founding Family – The Reichardts

We love getting to know our customers so we thought we would share a little about ourselves and the families that bring you Bumbleride. We are passionate about the momentous occasions in life but it’s all the small ones that make up most of our days. Here is a glimpse into the daily adventures called Parenting.

We begin this series of posts with Emily Reichardt. Emily and Matt Reichardt are the founders of Bumbleride.

It has been 10 years since my husband Matt and I launched Bumbleride. A large inspiration for us at the time was our baby girl, Ella. She is turning 11 this summer and as parents, we have the same feeling about our fast growing children as we do about Bumbleride. Where have the last 10 years gone?

Now with three kids ages 10, 8 and 4 years old, it’s all about balancing family life and Bumbleride life. Running our own business can be all encompassing and become the conversation at breakfast, lunch and dinner if we let it. Our business is dedicated to families but from the beginning Matt and I agreed to never let work crowd out our family time. I predominately work at home and Matt works from home on Fridays. We feel strongly about creating quality time together and that happens most when we are all outside. We live in San Diego where the weather makes this possible most of the year. Evenings in our yard and days at the beach when the weather is warm puts smiles on all of our faces and washes away daily stress. It’s also a great way to transfer the volume of three kids outdoors, along with their energy!

Our children inspire us to remember why we do what we do. They influence us to design in practical ways. We understand that parents need things to be as easy as possible and to make their lives simpler. Getting our kids involved is part of the fun whether it’s a day at the office, testing new products or helping with a beach clean up. This way they learn by experience.

Something that has surprised me the most about being a parent is the way children have a way of teaching us. When I first became a mother I thought of all the things I could share with my kids and in the end, they have taught me more than I expected. Our son Koa, is eight and he has always had a great appreciation for animals and nature. He picks the littlest flowering weed and notices all the colors and detail. He has influenced all of us to slow down, notice the birds and clouds, and just look up more. Our youngest daughter Auni, politely says when she doesn’t like something “I don’t love it” (As “I don’t love this sandwich” rather than a child’s typical response of dislike). It has now become a household phrase that always makes us laugh. Keeping a sense of humor is essential in life.

For us parenting is always a daily learning process but here are a few things that work for us.

Family Tips:

  • When deadlines at work and kids homework/reports become stressful share a bottle of wine at dinner!
  • Take time out to have some hobbies of your own. I go one night a week to a pottery studio. Matt has kids fed and in bed by the time I get home which is an extra plus. Good hubby!
  • We have our kids do many chores around the house that are age appropriate. They learn responsibility and appreciation for things but also so we can appreciate not doing all the work.
  • We have tech-free Sundays in our house. This applies to all of us and it’s refreshing to not remind the kids to turn off the iPad.
  • At the dinner table we all share the “Best & Worst” things that happened in our day. This is a great way to get them to share about activities that we otherwise might not hear about and sometimes we just can’t get them to stop talking. We find it also teaches them to listen to everyone and show interest in each others day. Always good to get communication rolling.

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Talking with Michael Downes – Bumbleride Product Designer

May 2nd, 2014




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“Great design is at the core of everything we do at Bumbleride and working with creative people adds color and fun to our work. That would be an understatement for our high energy, creative Product Designer, Michael Downes. We work on a daily basis together and spend a lot of time talking about parents, how they use our products, product strategy and design.

I recently sat down with Michael to talk about “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design” and gain a little background on Michael with his South London accent.”

Matthew Reichardt
Co-Founder/CEO

Matt:
You grew up in England riding bicycles and working as a bike mechanic. How did you end up in California as a product designer?

Michael:
A combination of luck and love. I met a woman and we fell in love. She was from California but had been living in London for over ten years. When she got accepted to the Art Center College of Design In Pasadena, California to study photography, we got married and moved to the States. Art Center College of design also happens to be one of the top five schools in the world for product design. When I saw the student work in the gallery at ACCD I knew then and there I wanted to be a product designer and Art Center was where I was going to study. We initially planned to stay three or four years and return to England. That was seventeen years ago.

Matt:
We know you love design and bicycles but how did you transition in to designing baby strollers?

Michael:
After I graduated I went to work for Giant Bicycles Inc, which was a fantastic first gig out of school, and I learned a lot. In the intervening years I have worked for Raleigh America, Diamondback, Ibis, TI Cycles of India and many more so I suppose I got bicycle design out of my system. I am still passionate about bicycles but I have come to the understanding that the bicycle is an incredibly mature product so radical innovation does not happen very often. Incremental change is the norm and much of that evolution is happening in the technology of components which is typically an engineer’s domain and not something a product designer is involved in. What appealed to me with strollers was the challenge of overcoming the constraints inherent in the product. It has to be comfortable and safe for the child, big enough to carry all the gear needed for parenthood, easy to push and maneuver but still fold compactly, quickly and intuitively. That is a pretty long list of basic functional requirements and many of them are in contradiction with each other. This presents a delicious challenge to product designers, something we can really get out teeth into.

Matt:
What’s the idea behind “The Bumbleride Promise” and “Responsible Design”?

Michael:
The Bumbleride Promise encapsulates our philosophy, ethics and values and this in turn feeds into Responsible Design. Parenthood is one of the most aspirational things we do. As parents we have the opportunity to nurture and guide the next generation and make a positive impact on the future. At Bumbleride we see ourselves as partners in this project, helping our customers by providing well designed tools. But it goes deeper than that. Creating great products counts for nothing if it ends up in a landfill. How can we design the product holistically, not only with a view to its function and purpose but to the entirety of the product cycle? Where are the materials sourced? Who builds our product and what kind of quality of life do those workers have? How can we make our product easy to service to extend its life? And when it really has come to the end of its life, how can we make it easier to recycle? Is there a way to pack the product in a smaller box and save space (and energy costs) in transportation? Can we make our packaging re-useable? Can we design a single part that has multiple applications?

Matt:
What informs your design and Bumbleride design?

Michael:
I was greatly influenced by Dieter Rams, chief designer at Braun in the 70’s and 80’s, and his Ten Principles of Design. Good design, according to Rams, is simple, uncluttered and intuitive. In his words: ‘Just enough design’. I think this resonates with Bumbleride’s design philosophy and for many people living as we do in an increasingly hectic and complex world. The ideal product is the one we never have to think about because it does what it was designed to do, every time, without drama. As we say in the Bumbleride Promise: ‘we give you everything you need and nothing you don’t’.

Matt:
With so many options in Little Italy where’s your favorite place to get a bite to eat and a beer?

Michael:
We are spoiled for choice but for my money Underbelly (ramen noodles & craft beer) is pretty awesome as is Mexican Fiesta, a true “hole in the wall” and the best place to get a carne asada burrito. Also impressive is the food at Ballast Point Brewery on India Street. I recommend the Cuban sandwich with a Longfin Lager.

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Pop Sugar 11 new strollers to watch for this spring 2014 strollers