How We Eco – NURSERY – Meet The McCallum’s

April 13th, 2017

Meet The McCallum’s

We are an adventure seeking, nature loving couple who spend our free time searching for a new place to explore. We are lucky to live in Southern California where we are just a quick drive away from the beach, mountains, forest, or desert. We recently welcomed a healthy baby girl, Paloma Lou, into our family and are thrilled at the opportunity to share with her our passion for the outdoors. From the moment we found out we were expecting a baby, we knew we’d be bringing her (and a lot of extra baby gear) along with us on all of our future trips. We believe connecting our child to nature is the best way for her to develop a lifelong respect for the environment. Many people think eco friendly nursery products are too expensive, but thankfully there are now plenty of affordable options available for consumers. We tried to design our nursery with a healthy balance of high and low priced options, as well as second hand pieces wherever possible.

 bumbleride nursery picks

How We Eco – NURSERY

1.) Bumbleride Indie Stroller

*Because it’s perfect for the active family. 100% rPET (28 post-consumer wate bottles per stroller). PVC & phthalate free. No fire retardants or polyurethane foam.

2) Oeuf Sparrow Crib in Birch

*Greenguard Gold certified

3) Lullaby Earth Pure Crib Mattress

*Designed and built by same people who created the Naturepedic line of crib mattresses. This is a great “low” priced, but still eco-friendly option because it is made with food grade PE foam instead of 100% organic cotton.

4) Lorena Canals Rug in Azteca Natural – Vintage Blue

*Made with non-toxic dyes and 100% cotton materials. Machine washable 🙂

5) Petit Pehr Mobile – Noah’s Ark

*Made of felted wool and responsibly crafted by hand in India.

6) Burt’s Bees Crib Sheets

*100% organic cotton Burt’s Bees Crib Sheets. Another good low-priced, eco friendly option.

7) Babyletto Lolly Dresser and Changing Table

*Made with sustainable New Zealand Pine Wood and Carb II compliant MDF

 

Not pictured: Non-toxic Polka Dot Wall Stickers

*To help add some color to the room without having to use paint. Various wall decals can be found on ETSY.

How We Eco – FEED – Meet The White’s

April 10th, 2017


Meet The White’s

We are a Southern California family of 3 living on an urban farm with a flock of chickens, a tank full of Tilapia and a gang of cats. We have always been interested in sustainability beginning at our first tiny apartment using the space we had available. Our current home in Logan Heights utilizes a mixture of permaculture and other sustainable practices. Following the mantra, do what you love and love what you do we are finding new ways to promote sustainability and keep our style, making new projects manageable and fun. With our recent family addition, we are looking forward to raising our tiny human with sustainability in mind and hopefully a green thumb.

Feeding and diapering an 8 month old can result in a lot of waste; thankfully there are tons of companies out there who are committed to reducing space in our landfill.

The Infantino Squeeze Station and Nature’s Little Squeeze reusable pouches by Wee Sprout have helped make it easier to make our baby food. I love that Wee Sprout is a family-owned and eco-conscious company (sound familiar?!). The pouches are clear on the back so you can see what is inside. We are currently waiting to harvest our carrots, beets and strawberries and often use veggies from our Farm Fresh to You box to feed our daughter Marley. When we are in a time crunch, traveling, or camping, Plum Organics food pouches are our go to. Plum Organics uses sustainable packaging and is looking for ways to recycle the pouch and even has a cap recycling program!

Klean Kanteen keeps mom and dad well caffeinated and keeps baby girl hydrated. Richard and I always have our thermoses for morning coffee and weekend walks to Cafe Moto. Marley has just recently mastered the sippy cup so her Bumbleride Klean Kanteen sippy cup is perfect to take on the go and keep in her diaper bag.

I never thought in a million years I would be an avid cloth diaper user. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions of parenthood! Using the Grovia cloth diapering system has been SO easy and feels good to save so much diaper waste from reaching our landfill. Of course cloth diapering involves cleaning, water use, etc. We line dry as often as possible (the sun bleaches and disinfects!) and use biodegradable laundry detergent for a future grey water system. Luckily living in Southern California allows for lots of sunny days perfect for using the clothesline.

 

How We Eco – FEED

1. Bumbleride Speed Stroller
color: Maritime Blue

2. Infantino Squeeze Station

3. Plum Organics Eat Your Colors

4. Nature’s Little Squeeze

5. Camp Bumbleride Kids Kanteen

6. Klean Kanteen Insulated 20oz
color: Brushed Stainless

7. GroVia cloth diapers

#HowWeEco – Retailer Spotlight – Sprout San Francisco

April 2nd, 2017

At Bumbleride, we strive to make every day Earth Day. We want you to, too. So, throughout the month of April, we will be helping you to make changes in your everyday life by providing content that can help you reduce your carbon footprint. (Bumbleride is also donating 1% of all April sales to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans.)

Our Retailer Spotlight for the month is our friends at Sprout San Francisco.

When you are in need of something for your baby, rest assured that anything you find at Sprout San Francisco has been vetted thoroughly and is safe for you to use with/for/on your children.  Suzanne hand picks only the safest and healthiest products for our children.  She spent several years studying organic products and the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies.  In addition to her own research, Suzanne regularly consults with industry leaders for their expertise on the latest scientific data, studies and research.

 

We talked to Suzanne Price, CEO and founder of the shop, and thought you’d love what she has to say:

How do you describe your store?

Sprout is a natural and organic children’s boutique. We carry everything you need for children ages 0 – 4 years old in the healthiest materials possible. We have 5 physical locations. We have stores in the Bay Area, Chicago, and Brooklyn. We also have an e-commerce store at www.sproutsanfrancisco.com .

 

What criterion do you have when choosing/vetting products for your store?

Our top priority is health. We are looking to make sure that nothing on the item could offgas or harm the baby. Sometimes “eco” as in recycled, and “healthy” can be at odds if it’s more focused on the environment than toxins in the products. What we look for specifically is different in each category. All of our clothing is made from natural materials, grown without pesticides. Our toys are solid wood or organic cotton plush. In personal care, we avoid anything that can be an endocrine disruptor. In the gear category, our primary concern is flame retardants.

 

Who are the brands that come to mind that lead the industry in eco products?

Two brands immediately come to mind, Plan Toys for toys and Under the Nile for clothing. Both manage to produce products with the highest standards of safe materials, yet they also are able to keep price points attainable. This helps are broader range of customers to be able to bring safe products into their home.

 

Where do you see Bumbleride fitting into the eco scale of things and how/why you chose our products?

I’m proud to carry Bumbleride strollers in my stores.  They adhere to my strict vetting process and I love that the strollers are free of PVC, BPA, Phthalates, Fire Retardants and Polyurethane foam.  Plus, they are diverting plastics from landfills by having 100% rPET fabric and continually evolving with respect to reducing their carbon footprint.

 

What advice do you have for parents looking to lessen their impact on the environment

Don’t get overwhelmed. Do what you can do. Little changes make a difference. You can start by avoiding plastics. Most plastics are not good for your kids to be around, and they hurt the environment as well.

 

Tell us about the events you host at your stores and how they foster community.

At all of our stores we host educational talks and events that range from topics like “how to get your kid to sleep” to “what do I need to know about flame retardant chemicals.” Both on our website and in our stores, we aim to be an educational resource for the communities that we are in. At most of our stores, we also host regular classes like music and baby yoga where, in addition to kids being entertained, parents can get to know each other as well.

Thank you for reading.  We hope this helps you make important decisions for your families health and the environment.

Make sure to visit Sprout San Francisco, sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Instagram.

How We Eco – 1% of April Sales Donated To 5 Gyres

April 2nd, 2017

From our founders

As new parents in 2004, our inspiration to create Bumbleride was our need for a stroller that fit the active lifestyle that we wanted to share with our new baby, Ella.  Although there were many options of baby themed prints on plastic wheeled strollers we saw a real lacking in quality, well-designed strollers with modern styling suited to our outdoor life.  Our journey as a family with 3 kids now has allowed us many adventures and our 3 little test pilots have helped us to continuously improve our products.

Over the years, many things have stayed the same.  We still work with the same family owned factory in Taiwan where we focus on small production runs to ensure the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship.  We also more than ever recognize the need for designs that allow parents to get out and explore as a family, whether it be an urban stroll, a mountain trail or sandy beach.

Some things have changed though.  We live in a consumerism society where products are being manufactured at an unprecedented pace. Our inboxes and feeds are full of promotions and offers to buy.  The eternal quest for what’s new, what’s hot though has consequences, environmentally and socially.

At Bumbleride, we have made it our mission to help reduce our impact on the environment by using high quality materials so you have a stroller that will last for your family and can even be passed on to another family.  We also have sourced materials that are free from harmful chemicals so your baby is safe.  We use recycled materials where possible.  Our fabrics are 100% recycled polyester keeping post-consumer water bottles out of our oceans.  We also are exploring ways to reduce the use of fresh water and reduce pollution with an innovative dye process used exclusively on our black colorways.  We know we can do more and we are focused on continuing to look for new innovations that will help us achieve this goal.

 

We appreciate working with like-minded companies who are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment.  This month we are calling attention to those companies in the series “How We Eco”.  Each week one of our Bumbleride families will highlight brands in the following categories: Gear, Feed, Nursery and Play and share our picks from some of the companies that we admire what they are doing for the environment. To show our commitment to this campaign 1% of all Bumbleride sales during the month of April will be donated to an organization to help educate and reduce plastics in our oceans, the 5 Gyres Institute.

-Matthew and Emily Reichardt

How We Eco: PLAY

1) Bumbleride Indie Stroller
color: tourmaline

2) Nuna Pipa Car Seat
color: black

3) Clek Foonf Booster Seat
color: capri (white or black, whatever you think)

4) Guava Family Lotus Crib

5) Bumbleride Mini Board

6) Bumbleride Parent Pack

April Bumbleride Beach Cleanup

March 27th, 2017

Spring into action this April! Join us Friday, April 7th for a beach cleanup at Ocean Beach in San Diego, CA from 2-5pm.

We’ll be inviting the office staff, friends, and local Bumbleride families to help. We hope you can join us in helping teach our little ones the benefits of keeping our beaches and oceans clean!

Keep your eye out for the Bumbleride tent between Tower 2 and the pier.

We will be providing buckets and work gloves. Feel free to bring your own. Please do not bring any plastic bags or gloves.

RSVP on Facebook here.

Directions to Ocean Beach Pier.

Remember Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd! #HowWeEco

 

 

March For Babies – Walk to help give every baby a chance

March 3rd, 2017

What is the March for Babies by March of Dimes?

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Babies helps raise awareness and funds for their cause to help more babies be born healthy.

Join Team Bumbleride 4/29 in San Diego or at a March for Babies event near you! The walk promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends – it’s a great feeling knowing we’re all helping real families.

Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!

April 29th, 2514 6th Ave (& Juniper Street)

San Diego, CA 92103

Registration 7am, Start, 8am.

Please help Team Bumbleride fund raise with a donation here.

Find a March for Babies event near you here.

Learn more about the March of Dimes:

Why is the problem of prematurity so important?

Prematurity is the leading killer of America’s newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

What was the original name of the March of Dimes?

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

When did the March of Dimes change its mission to birth defects prevention?

1958

Who founded the March of Dimes?

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States.

What is the March of Dimes mission today?

To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.

Why did the March of Dimes change its mission to birth defects prevention?

To “lead, direct, and unify” the fight against polio, a paralyzing viral disease.

 

Join Us At Drool Baby Expo In Boston

February 15th, 2017

Join us at Drool Baby Expo to test drive your favorite Bumbleride and a lucky attendee will win a Bumbleride Indie!

What’s Drool Baby Expo About?

Want to see the best in baby gear, all under one roof? The Drool Baby Expo gives expectant and new parents a whirlwind tour of the top baby brands, so you can stock up on everything you’ll need for your baby in one place. Plus, take advantage of great deals, awesome freebies, and a bit of pampering, too!

Premium Brands: Drool is a rare opportunity to connect one-on-one with the people who create and sell top-of-the-line strollers, car seats, baby apparel, accessories, toys, and more. Talk to company reps, see product demos, push strollers, touch fabrics, and do some serious comparison shopping!

Exclusive One-Night-Only Promotions: Already know what you’re buying, or ready to decide at Drool? Take advantage of exclusive special offers, discounts, and gifts with purchase. All items will be available to order or purchase on-site at the Magic Beans pop-up shop.

Swag & Raffles: Participate in our Scavenger Hunt to win entries in our raffles and giveaways – you might win the very best baby items on the market for free! And even if you don’t, the fabulous gift bags that come FREE with your Premium ticket are worth more than 2x what you paid just to walk in the door. VIP tickets give you even more – over $200 in free products, plus a Magic Beans gift card!

Pampering for All: As if shopping for your baby wasn’t enough fun, every guest at Drool can enjoy light appetizers and spa treatments. That’s right, it’s all free with your Drool ticket!

Purchase Tickets or Learn More About Drool Here
RSVP on Facebook here.

Gearapalooza GIVEAWAY with The Baby Guy NYC + Bump Club & Beyond

February 7th, 2017

Join Jamie, The Baby Guy NYC, BabyList and Bump Club & Beyond at Gearapalooza this year to learn all things gear and have a chance to take home your own Bumbleride and so much more!!

What is Gearapalooza?

Gearapalooza is the ultimate baby gear and registry event! What began as one of BCB’s signature events in Chicago in August 2011 has become a tour catering to expectant parents nationwide. Join us to meet the BEST baby gear brands and learn from with the BEST Baby Gear Expert in the country, Jamie Grayson, The Baby Guy NYC! At Gearapalooza You’ll have a chance to meet many of the top baby brands in the world, learn what to register for and add them to your registry through Babylist.com, and have all of your questions answered by The Baby Guy NYC.

Gearapalooza stops featuring Bumbleride:

MARCH 9
BROOKLYN at 26 Bridge with Albee Baby

MARCH 28
SAN FRANCISCO at JCCSF  with Sprout San Francisco

MAY 16
CALGARY, ALBERTA at West Coast Kids

MAY 17
VANCOUVER at West Coast Kids

JUNE 20
TORONTO at West Coast Kids

NOVEMBER 2
CHICAGO at Stan Mansion

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win this massive giveaway from all of the Gearapalooza sponsors ending 3/31/17, open to US & Canada including our new Indie all terrain stroller. Please note you will be opted-in to all sponsor newsletters, http://vip.bumpclubandbeyond.com/gearapaloozaq1sweeps.

Baby2Baby

January 12th, 2017

Kelly and Norah from Baby2Baby

As a company we work hard looking for areas to reduce our impact on the environment and reduce waste. Whenever possible, we find alternative solutions for discarding last seasons products or colorways. So, what do we do with these items?

One course of action we take is to donate to hospitals and several non-profit organizations, including one we love to work with Baby2Baby.org. Baby2Baby is an incredible organization that places our products in homes of families in need, providing everything from diapers to gear for children ages 0-12 years old.

“Hi Bumbleride!

Happy New Year! I wanted to say thank you for the 14 bassinets you sent over the break! We are so grateful for the ongoing relationship with Bumbleride and your support of the low-income children we serve means so much! Because of amazing partners like you over the past 5 years we have been able to distribute over 6 million items to over 125,000 low-income children.
Thank you as always for your help!
Best,
Baby2Baby”

How can you help?

You can donate your new or gently used items as well. Look for a donation box in your city or make a cash donation here, http://baby2baby.org/donate/. If you are interested in hosting a donation bin at your business or school for community donations please email volunteer@baby2baby.org. Thank you for any support or donations!

 

Run She Is Beautiful 5k & 10k- Santa Cruz, CA On March 19th

January 9th, 2017

Join us at the Run She Is Beautiful 5k & 10k in Santa Cruz, CA on March 19th, 2017!

Run She Is Beautiful is a race with course flare, inspirational sayings, and overall goodtime. Whether this is your FIRST race or your 100th, you will be encouraged AND celebrated! We believe creating a stronger self physically manifests into a stronger self in all areas of your life. Here’s to strong legs, smart girls, and celebrating yourself and just how awesome you are!

Winners of the Bumbleride Baby Mama divisions (stroller friendly 5k & 10k divisions) will win a new Speed jogging stroller!

Sign up here.

Can’t join us March 19th? Join us in Santa Barbara, CA on September 23rd, 2017