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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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan

April 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan – Ridgewood, New Jersey

Kristy and her family can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a local soccer field. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourself.
I’m East Coast born and raised outside of New York City, but there is an inner California beach girl in me that is begging for a relocation to the ocean!  I’m a happily married Mom of three girls – Chloe (6) and our twins – Charley & Presley (18 mths) and I’m passionate about creating a healthy, safe and beautiful home for them.  I come from a Marketing background and worked for some pretty big, bold face name companies honing my skills and working with so many talented people before launching my own business with my partners.  I love design, great food and hanging out with family and friends.  My favorite time of year is Fourth of July – as a family we head to the same little cottage in Maine every summer to unwind.  No cell phones, computers or distractions.  We get to just be a family and enjoy simple things like a fire pit and smores making. I’m already dreaming of next summer.

What was your inspiration for co-founding your company?
I think most people in this industry become inspired by their kids and looking for ways to make the parents’ world easier and their child’s world better.  In our case we were living in New York City looking for a way to keep our stroller, which we used like a car, clean before bringing it into our apartment. I couldn’t bare the thought of taking it apart to get formula stains out again or listening to my wheels squeak.  I was shocked that no non-toxic, organic solutions existed so we created our own. Simple as that, BuggyLOVE was born.

How are you able to balance family & work?
They say it takes a village to raise a family and we’ve created an amazing village of support from hands-on Grandparents to old friends and new ones.  We love that our children are constantly surrounded by a whole lot of love and individual influences.  Aside from the support we do what most families do – we create a really solid schedule to ground us, but allow ourselves to be flexible and have fun within it.  It really helps us to have a great work – life balance, stay organized in business and make special time for each girl.

What do you love most about being a parent?
I love that I am the only one who can cure their boo boo with a kiss.  I think there is a really sweet metaphor in there about the kind of power that a Mom’s love has and how it helps shape these little lives.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had experienced both personal and professional success.  But being a Mom comes with a whole new level of pride I ever knew existed.  All three of our girls were born prematurely, the twins at only 26 weeks.  When they were first born no Doctors could guarantee how they would course and develop. It’s been amazing to watch these little miracles be so fearless and accomplish milestone after milestone. From first steps and words to twirling in princess costumes and scoring a soccer goal, I feel such a sense of pride through their successes, big and small.  I want to slow down time, but I can’t wait to see the amazing women they turn into.  I always say being a Mom is the best club you can ever join.

Learn more about BuggyLOVE here, http://buggylove.com/

Stay in touch with BuggyLOVE on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

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What do you love about your Bumbleride?

As founders of BuggyLOVE and parents to three girls, one year-old twins, Charley & Presley and big sis, six year-old Chloe our life is one of a happy, controlled chaos and most definitely, always on the go.

Charley & Presley were born at only 26 weeks and after a three-month stay in the NICU came home to us tiny, but as perfect as could be.  Naturally, going from parents of one to parents of three we were nervous about how on earth we would handle it all and balance the energy of our oldest with the needs of our preemies.

And just as we were about to commit myself to a life of car seat strapping in and out and a six year old with tired feet or worse yet, limiting our outings, our Bumbleride Indie Twin with the mini board arrived at our door.  What.  A. Gift.

It gave me comfort to know my little ones were safely snuggled in side by side and that their delicate heads and bodies weren’t bounced around with every bump.  As they grew up their Indie Twin grew right along with them and the ride of their life was as smooth as ever.  From car-seat adapters to bassinets to their “big girl” seats with views of the world our Bumbleride Indie Twin has worked for our family since the day they came home.  Big bonus #1 – that big sis feels like a super hot shot with the freedom of jumping on and off her mini board.  Big bonus #2 – that we can load all three girls up and move as quickly as our life does.  I’m pretty sure our greatest achievement last year was being on time to Kindergarten everyday; thanks in no small part to our Indie Twin with mini board.

As a CoFounder of BuggyLOVE, a family of organic cleaning products designed specifically for strollers and gear, it gives me such peace of mind to know that Bumbleride is always evolving their green footprint by using non-PVC plastics, bamboo fabrics, SPF 45 canopies and, of course, that they recommend BuggyLOVE to clean and maintain their rides as a way of saving time, electricity and water.

Our stroller is such a big part of our everyday life.  It let’s us live outside more. It’s a snack-time seat at the park, naptime bed on the go. It’s our moving office, our backpack and diaper bag carrier, our tired feet saver.  It’s a Disneyworld tested Godsend and survived the mall during holiday shopping.  It’s survived formula, smashed bananas and smeared sunscreen (thanks BuggyLOVE!). It’s as active as we are, essential and uniquely us.

Oh and according to Chloe, it has a pink lined canopy.  Sold to the lady with three princesses.  Now if only it came in rainbow glitter too =)

THANKS BUMBLERIDE!!!

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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/ .

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Kalamas

March 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – Sarah and Kahana Kalama – San Diego, CA

Sarah and Kahana can most often be found enjoying a local beach, stopping by one of their Aloha Sunday locations or exploring a nearby jungle. This is the third post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

It’s a tricky road to navigate. I’ve always been the type of person to try to mold a profession from my personal passions and it’s worked out well so far. That said I get to pursue things that have an intrinsic value to me the majority of the time. However, there’s so much that goes into being a small business owner that it still does require a lot of my time. In any case the only way I can try strike that work/life balance is by making family and health a priority.

I try to get as much as I possibly can while the kids are asleep. I’m usually up by 5am and I try to surf, run or work out at least every morning. Being active every day gives me some time to decompress and it helps put the entire day in perspective. Beyond that I try to set aside at least one day per week to be 100% present to my family. That means no cell phone, internet, social media etc. Shutting off that constant connection is actually a huge relief and it allows me to enjoy the day spent with my wife and kids.

What advice can you offer parents who are seeking to start their own business? I would just make sure that both parents are committed. Without the support of my wife I don’t think Aloha Sunday would have ever happened. She helped shaped the vision for the brand and encouraged me to turn it into a reality. She put a lot of her own elbow grease into the buying, merchandising and management of the store while we first got started and she continues to support the store in any way possible.

That said it can be tough in the beginning. Most businesses can be physically, financially, and emotionally taxing and it’s extremely important that both parents share the same expectations about what the day to day will look like during this phase of life.

What’s next for Aloha Sunday?

We are currently in the process of opening another store on Oahu. I grew up in Kailua and it’s been a dream to one day have a store over there. With two children the pull to be able to spend more time at home has gotten even stronger. We’ll still be splitting time between San Diego and Hawaii but I’m nonetheless psyched to be able to surf in warm water more often. {UPDATE: The second Aloha Sunday is open and they’ve got a new roommate…. @localhawaii – makers of all natural shave ice and craft sodas utilizing 100% locally grown fruit, http://www.thelocalhawaii.com/. The new shop is located at 131 Hekili Street, Suite 108, Kailua, HI 96734 . Stop by on your next trip to Oahu and say hi!}

Stop by their San Diego Flagship store at  3039 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 and follow the Kalama’s on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/kahanak , http://instagram.com/skalama, http://instagram.com/dukeandthem  and http://instagram.com/AlohaSunday .

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Aloha Sunday Flagship Store. San Diego, CA.

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OB Pier cruise. Ocean Beach, CA 

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Road Trip to Big Sur, CA.

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Road Trip  to Big Sur, CA.

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Aloha Sunday Flagship store in San Diego, CA.


The Mighty

March 5th, 2015

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The Mighty was started by a husband and father who after receiving heartbreaking news about his daughter, decided he was going to do something good with it. The Mighty is a collection of real stories submitted by individuals that will make you tear up, but they also make us understand each other better.

Among the greatest lessons we’ve learned on this adventure is that the challenges we face can truly
become our greatest opportunities.
 – Mike Porath

Read their latest post here, When an 8-Year-Old at the Hospital Reminded Me I’m Not Alone .

Read about the Founders story here  http://themighty.com/2014/04/why-we-created-the-mighty/

LIKE them on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/Themightysite .


Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Coils

February 24th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – Jeremiah and Elise Coil – San Jose, CA

Jeremy and Elise can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a nearby body of water. This is the second post in a new series named Bumbleride Ambassadors where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourselves
We have two daughters, Quinn (3) and Andie (1) and live in San Jose, CA.  We met while attending school in Honolulu, HI and lived in Washington state as well.  We are a family of Aquarius’ so we are always up for an adventure!

How has your life changed since having Quinn and Andie?
Having Quinn and Andie has allowed us to appreciate the little things in life we would normally take for granted.  We cherish every moment as a family and look forward to a lifetime of memories!

Tell us about your love of the outdoors
In our free time you will find the Coil family outdoors.  Surfing, biking, and hiking are our favorite activities.  We love excursions to the beach, parks, and forests nearby and we always have our Bumbleride with us for whatever we get into!

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Base camp for the day.

What do you love about your Bumblerides?

We love our Indie 4!!!  As parents of a toddler and infant life is nonstop craziness, and our Indie 4 helps keep everyone sane and ready for our next family adventure.  This being our second Indie, we were amazed at how Bumbleride was able to improve such an already awesome stroller.  Numerous beach trips, hikes, and other excursions our Indie was ready for the challenge.

After a quick and painless assembly out of the box, we were ready to roll!  Folding up the Indie was never an issue, but on occasion, the arms that locked the Indie into the folding position would be difficult to clamp onto the frame.  The Indie 4 has a new style of locking arm which is more flexible and better designed.  No more wrestling to get the Indie folded!  The harness straps are also redesigned making it easier to buckle and unbuckle the little ones.

We immediately noticed the Indie 4 felt significantly lighter and more compact to its predecessor making throwing it in the back of the SUV a breeze.  The fourth wheel makes the compact design more sturdy, maneuverable, and an overall smoother ride.  Even when taking the Indie 4 off road the fourth wheel aided in stability when riding over uneven downhill terrain.  No worries of tipping over!

If you are like us, and have an independent toddler who likes to walk everywhere…then the Mini Board attachment is a must have!  We have been on numerous outings where our toddler gets a little tired of walking and takes refuge on the Mini Board for a little while, and just cruises. The Mini Board attachment is very easy to put on and take off when not needed.  It is a perfect solution keeping the whole family on the go!  The only change I would make in relation to the Mini Board would be to have some type of attachment handles for the toddler to hold on to while riding the board.  Other than that it is perfect as is, and a genius idea!

Our family LOVES our Indie 4 and can’t wait for more adventures to come!

-E&J

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Trailwalks are a breeze!!
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Andie snuggled up in a beach tunnel.

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Indie 4 with Mini Board in action!

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Aloha! The Coil Family.

San Diego Part of National Geographic Series on Smart Cities

February 20th, 2015

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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!

 

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!

Winter Essentials

December 23rd, 2014




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Winter Essentials

Here are some of our favorite winter essentials! Are we missing any of your favorites? Share your favorite winter essentials in the comments below!

Diaper Bag Bumbleride Footmuff & Liner Rain Cover Travel Bag Tiger Blanket Knit Baby Beanie Sheepskin Rug Deer Play Mask Sleep Sack

Small Business Weekend- Indie 4 All Black Stroller Giveaway 11/28 – 12/12

November 26th, 2014

Bumbleride Indie 4 Small Business Weekend Giveaway

Congratulations Karen W. from Ontario, Canada you have won our Indie 4 All Black all terrain stroller!! Keep an eye out for an email from our marketing team. Thank you for shopping local at Kiddytown!!

Thank you to all of those that supported your local Bumbleride retailer in this promotion and this year!

Have you heard about Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is November 29th and we’re extending it to December 12th so that you can win our new Indie 4 All Black stroller!

How to enter:

1. Purchase any item in-store, from one of Bumbleride’s qualified independent retailers, www.bumbleride.com/retailers (excluding Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, Right Start, Amazon.com and Diapers.com) in-person between Friday, November 28th and Friday, December 12th

2. Visit www.bumbleride.com/smallbusinessgiveaway to submit your information and attach a copy of your in-store receipt.

One entry per person. The winner has been announced, congratulations Karen W. from Ontario, Canada!!