Eco Materials 101

Over the years we have tested many different materials which have led us to using 100% recycled PET Oeko-Tex certified fabrics, TPR in our handle, a C6 DWR on our fabrics and a solution dye for our black colorways, which conserves water and energy. We continue to look for new ways to improve our materials while reducing our environmental impact from manufacturing. Through our material testing, we’ve had to learn many new words. Below you’ll find a glossary of terms related to our materials. We hope you find it helpful!

What is  rPET?

rPET is recycled polyethylene terephthalate better known as the materials for plastic water bottles. Each Bumbleride single stroller fabric uses 28 plastic bottles that have been recycled into a fiber and spun into polyester thread. Using rPET saves energy and water in comparison to virgin polyester, a petroleum based product.

What is Polyester?

Polyester is a synthetic fiber known for being durable, quick drying and offering strong color fade resistance. Synthetic polyester is made using a chemical reaction involving coal, petroleum, air and water.

What is OEKO-TEX certified?

Oeko-Tex is an independent product certification for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances. Oeko-Tex offers various types of certifications and classes. Standard 100, Class 1 is the strictest of class which is designed for baby and children’s products. Through working with our small family-owned factory in Taiwan and their many small sub-contractors for over 13 years, we’ve found that 3rd party certifications do not always mean the most sustainable, efficient or free from harmful chemicals since smaller factories often cannot afford certifications despite them being well above standard criteria.

What is TPR?

TPR is Thermoplastic Rubber, which is known for being durable, recyclable and taking little energy to produce. Bumbleride’s handle grip material is made of  TPR. This replaced our handle foam in 2012, which is still found on most strollers. We found foam to be a less durable and sustainable material over time.

What is DWR?

DWR is Durable Water Repellent. Textiles or fabrics that need to stand up to weather require a DWR treatment to help make them water resistant or water proof. Bumbleride’s fabrics are water resistant to help prevent mold, prevent stains and to keep you moving in case you get surprised by rain on your adventures. For 2018, we have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent treatment to a C-6 treatment, which is more eco-friendly as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity to living things over time.

 

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