Bumbleride

Cleaner oceans, happier families

Who They Are

When new parents or caregivers are looking for a stroller (maybe their very first!), there are some important areas to pay attention to. For one, the vehicle must be safe, secure, and comfortable. If they're into the outdoors? Some sturdy wheels to take them from sidewalk to trail. But what about sustainability? While not a value typically linked to strollers, more and more parents are focused on making purchases that have a positive impact on the planet and the future of their little ones. When partners Emily and Matt Reichardt had their first daughter, Ella, they were concerned about her comfort and safety, especially during morning jogs and trail runs. As active and busy parents, they noticed a gap in the world of baby gear that was both suitable for on-the-go parents and gentle on the planet. This led them to create Bumbleride, a company focused on high-quality, performance-based strollers with an eco-twist!

Bumbleride gear provides the ideal solution for navigating a busy lifestyle while incorporating core environmental and family-centered values. Based out of San Diego, California, these thoughtfully designed products are great for going on a morning jog in the park, grabbing fresh produce at the farmer’s market, or even hitting the trails. Bumbleride strollers allow parents to easily bring their little one along for the ride. Their strollers and accessories are made with earth-friendly materials including salvaged ocean plastic, fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles, and organically grown cotton. Plus, the stroller’s off-road capabilities ensure that both parent and baby can enjoy the outdoors together, whether on the sidewalk in the city or on a trail in the hills.


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Why We Like Them

Consciously-Sourced Materials
With Bumbleride, parents can retain the priority of safety and comfort while incorporating their own sustainability values. Bumbleride has honed their craft to integrate a deep commitment to both product quality and attention to environmental impact.

Bumbleride stroller frames are composed of at least 25% recycled plastic recovered from the shoreline of Taiwan. Plus, beginning in 2020, Bumbleride has committed to increasing this amount as a way to further reduce their manufacturing footprint and protect marine life. Moreover, all of their eco fabric, including the padding on all strollers, is made with 100% rPET. rPET is an eco-alternative to virgin polyester, using 30-35% less water to create while helping keep additional plastics out of landfills. Since 2011, Bumbleride has upcycled over 1 million water bottles into their fabrics! These inventive creations are certified OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ensuring a chemical-free product that is safe for even the most sensitive baby skin. They also employ a PFC-free Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating, meaning the strollers are resistant to messy spills and unexpected rainfall. Standard DWR is known to emit fluorocarbons which, while water-resistant, are also highly toxic to the environment. As a liquid treatment to the stroller, Bumbleride’s PFC-free DWR protects the stroller from moisture in a safe and non-toxic way. Finally, to further enhance their gorgeous strollers, Bumbleride follows a cutting-edge dye process for each of their black models that, when compared to conventional dying, saves about 25-40 gallons of water per stroller!

The consciously sourced materials don’t end with the strollers. Whether organic cotton or recycled materials are your preference, Bumbleride has you covered! Their organic cotton stroller inserts are made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, which means no harmful herbicides or pesticides were used during the growing process. A great way to add color to a stroller, these cozy inserts are also dyed with a low-impact solution that’s less water-intensive than traditional coloring techniques.

Additionally, the company’s reversible stroller line features all-natural cork handlebars as an alternative to their PVC-free adjustable bars. Cork is naturally antimicrobial, waterproof, and durable (especially great while on a long walk or run!). Consciously sourced from the bark of Cork Oak trees in China, the material is completely renewable and doesn’t require trees to be cut down for its collection.

Ethical Manufacturing
In every step of the process, family comes first. That’s why Bumbleride has been designing products that are ethically manufactured in a family-owned and operated factory in Taiwan since 2004. The partnership began after an extensive search, which included deliberately sourcing a factory partner that met a set of high standards, such as requirements for fair wages, safe working conditions, and a culture centered on family. Here, small-batch manufacturing is possible with an attentive focus on high quality and zero waste so nothing gets discarded and conscious creation is top of mind.

For the parent striving to help make the world a better place for their little one, Bumbleride strollers offer a sleek and durable, sidewalk to trail option that puts planet and people first.

  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • BPA Free
    BPA Free
  • OEKO-TEX
    OEKO-TEX
  • GOTS Certified
    GOTS Certified
  • Low Impact Dyes
    Low Impact Dyes
  • Cork
    Cork
  • Recycled Nylon
    Recycled Nylon
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

Products that are labeled as BPA free do not contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastic products. Studies on BPA exposure have shown that high levels of BPA could lead to hormone disruption, effects on behavior and brain function, reproductive problems, breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, and more.

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a global independent certification system that regulates the use of harmful chemicals for yarns, fabrics, and finished textiles. Products with this certification meet rigorous environmentally friendly standards, as well as human-ecological health standards. OEKO-TEX® also creates standards based on the item’s proximity and sensitivity of the skin. For example, OEKO-TEX® holds baby clothing to a higher standard than an outer coat. For a product to earn this certification, all parts of the product must meet the criteria, including parts of clothing such as buttons, linings, threads, etc.

 

The Global Organic Textile Standard is an international processing standard for organic fibers that covers everything from processing, packaging, and distributing organic fibers. GOTS certified products are labeled organic if they contain 95% or more certified organic fibers, and are labeled as “made with organic” if they contain at least 70% organic fibers. GOTS assures that textiles are produced with socially responsible labor and environmentally conscious manufacturing. Certified textiles must follow guidelines on chemical use, energy and water consumption, safety and living standards for employees, waste produced throughout the manufacture process, and more.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to dye their textiles and products in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact dyes usually do not contain toxins such as heavy metals, plasticizers, fluorocarbons, and formaldehyde. Sustainable dyes can also be water or plant based, or use less water than conventional dyeing methods.

Cork is a renewable resource, as cork trees can be harvested without cutting down the tree. The bark is stripped from the cork tree once every 9-12 years, and the trees can live for 200-300 years when harvested properly. Natural cork is biodegradable, and can be recycled into anything from yoga blocks to flooring.

Recycled nylon salvages post-industrial and post-consumer nylon scraps in order to create new items. The scraps are cleaned, sorted, stripped down, and separated into fibers before being transformed into completely new products. This process avoids the energy and resource extraction required to produce virgin fibers, and takes advantage of the efforts used to create the item initially. Recycling nylon provides a second life for materials which might otherwise end up polluting the ocean or buried in a landfill. Recycled nylon can be made from salvaged fishing nets as well as carpet and scraps from clothing production.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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