Thank you to Bumbleride owners, retailers, friends and community members for lending your hands in our beach clean up last week in Ocean Beach, CA at Tower 4. We set up some shade, equipped ourselves with reusable gloves, buckets and grabbers and set off to make a difference. Throughout our 2 hours of collective clean up, we saved the ocean from a ton of trash. Some of the most common items we picked up were plastic straws and snack wrappers, bottle caps, pieces of glass, cigarette butts (for parents to pick up), broken sand toys, cans, and much more.
Our goal with these clean ups is to help teach our little
citizens and future generations how cleaning up after ourselves and limiting
single use plastics prevent trash and debris from entering our oceans and
disrupting sea life. Every little bit makes a difference. Plus, they see
first-hand how they can make an immediate positive impact on their local
This clean up, we were excited to bring along a pre-production model of our newest Bumbleride family member, Era (featured below on right). Our new 4-wheel reversible seat stroller made with a unique, eco-friendly cork handle. We loved showing it off and seeing the great response!
Stay tuned for the next clean up on September 21st from 9-12pm for Coastal Cleanup Day hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego. We would love to have you and your little ones join us! Stay tuned for the Bumbleride cleanup site announcement.
Bumbleride has partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) to
provide the following guide. ILACSD is a San Diego-based nonprofit that has
been dedicated to educating and engaging the community to protect the local
environment for 65 years. For more ideas on reducing your family’s footprint
and to find helpful resources on recycling and reuse, visit ILACSD’s zero waste
1. Refuse Being based in San Diego, CA we see plastic pollution first-hand at our local beaches, parks and waterways. Single-use plastics are particularly damaging to the marine environment, as they do not biodegrade. Instead, plastics photodegrade, breaking down into smaller pieces that are easily mistaken as food by wildlife. While there is no immediate solution, we can all help by taking small steps in reducing our family’s use of single-use plastics, for example: to-go plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags and plastic straws. Straws are one of the top 5 items we pick up at our cleanups. One simple, “No straw please” at a restaurant can set a great example for our children, friends, family and bring awareness to the straw problem. Straws often cannot be recycled due to their size, material and shape. Paper and reusable straws are now available in many options, check out Simply Straws or FinalStraw for awesome reusable straws. Other ways to refuse waste are to buy unpackaged produce, which eliminates excess plastic, and using reusable produce bags, or if packaging is unavoidable, opting for rigid hard plastic instead of plastic film, which can be recycled. 2. Eat & Shop Local Head to your local farmers market for fresh air, local food and good vibes. Taste an apple or orange that was picked a few days ago vs. many months ago and reduce the amount of energy/petroleum it takes to ship food across the world. Support your local agriculture and meet the farmer that worked hard to produce the food you are eating. Don’t forget to bring your own basket or reusable bag to haul your goods home.
3. Reusable Containers We’re big fans of reusable water containers, reusable food storage and coffee mugs/containers when eating out, as well as making food at home. Bumbleride staff family favorites include Klean Kanteen, Wean Green, AppleCheeks and Stasher . ( It is legal under CA Food Retail Code for consumers to bring a personal container as long as an employee fills it and there is no cross contamination with the utensil that is being used to serve the food. Here are some printable cards for putting in your wallet and sharing with friends that cite the exact food code, so that they have it ready in their arsenal when eating out and encountering unsure food service employees.)
5.Shop Second-Hand or join Local “Buy Nothing” Facebook Groups If you need to buy something (borrowing is most eco-friendly), shop second-hand at Thred-UP or find a Buy Nothing group near you, https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/. Only buy new when you have to. You can find Bumbleride Buy/Sell/Trade groups on Facebook here and here. You can also host a fun Swap Party to re-home your excess stuff with family and friends, find an easy how-to guide here. 6. Reduce To reduce home energy use – try some of these: proactively turn off lights, turn up your thermostat or replace burned out bulbs with LED’s or compact fluorescents. Make sure to properly dispose of light bulbs (only incandescent lightbulbs can go into the trash; LEDs, fluorescent bulbs, and tubes must be disposed of as household hazardous waste at places like Ikea or another recycler). Some residents may also qualify for energy efficiency or water conservation rebates; for San Diego County residents, check out WasteFreeSD.org for options.
7.Repair The most eco-friendly option for a product at the end of its lifecycle is to repair it so that it can continue its purpose and avoid the landfill. We design Bumblerides with repair in mind and offer an assortment of common replacement parts that may need replacement over an extended time. Find our parts listing here and our How-To videos here. Check WasteFreeSD.org for fix it clinics or repair shops in San Diego County, or search online for ones in your area if located elsewhere.
8. Buy Bulk Foods Buying bulk foods from bins at stores like Sprouts and staying mindful of purchasing individually wrapped products is a real struggle for most families on the go since a granola bar or apple sauce to go is so easy, but that packaging is going to be around forever. These produce bags by ChicoBag (made of recycled water bottles, PET) make bulk buying clean and easy. Use reusable sandwich bags, snack cups or Stashers to transport bulk foods for the family.
9. Compost Much of a household waste comes from food scraps and landfills often don’t separate their waste. Keep a bin outside and a small cup or bowl in the kitchen for food scraps (excluding citrus, meat, bones and dairy) and dump daily or weekly (just be sure to cover fresh scraps with soil to keep pests and critters away). Your local jurisdiction may offer rebates on compost bins! Search “compost bin rebates” on WasteFreeSD.org for options in San Diego County or reach out to your community’s Environmental Services Department to learn more.
10. Responsible Recycling Recycling is becoming a larger issue for cities and countries, doing everything we can to repair or upcycle will result in big benefits at landfills. Because it’s getting harder for jurisdictions to recycle, now more than ever it’s important to promote the proper recycling of items. When recycling, recycle right – clean, dry, and loose (not in a plastic bag). If unsure what items are accepted in your curbside recycling, contact your waste hauler or check WasteFreeSD.org.
Reducing your family footprint can feel overwhelming. Start with one step and move to the next step when you’re comfortable with your last change.
How does your family reduce their footprint? We’d love to hear in a comment!
As you may have read, we strive to make every day Earth Day. So, throughout April, we’ve been sharing about how Bumbleride families eco in regards to these categories: Gear, Feed, Nursery and Play. To further show our commitment to How We Eco, we are donating 1% of April sales to 5 Gyres. The 5 Gyres Institute’s mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
We talked to Megean Weldon, founder of Zero Waste Nerd and mother, about her website, why she chose Bumbleride and recommendations for families to reduce waste in small, easy steps. We thought you’d love what she has to say:
How would you describe your website?
I have designed my website to be a resource for those who aim to reduce their waste and live a simpler life. Though my website is called “zero” waste nerd, I preach that it’s not necessarily about producing absolutely no trash but about changing how we view our consumption obsession and making better choices. We’ve let convenience control us and have become incredibly disposable. There are many simple tips and tricks that I teach that will reverse those disposable tendencies and help everyone to reduce their waste dramatically.
What are 3-5 small steps a family can take to make a big impact on reducing their waste?
Most of our waste starts in the kitchen. The best thing about many of the tips I talk about is that the whole family can be involved. Composting is a great way to reduce anyone’s household, organic waste by nearly 2/3. Build a compost bin, take it to a local drop off location, or enroll in a curbside pickup. Vermicomposting (worm bin) is also a fun and unique way of composting your organic waste that the kids would definitely love.
Another easy way to reduce waste is to replace all disposable items such as plastic, throw away cutlery, plastic bottle of water, paper napkins, and even paper plates with reusable alternatives. It also helps reduce your monthly spending considering you will no longer need to purchase replacement disposables later.
Try shopping package free. Purchase items from the bulk bins, bring your own containers to the bakery, and refuse the produce bags all together. Not only will you reduce your waste considerably but you will find that most of the food that comes without packaging is the healthiest.
Growing your own food is another way to become more sustainable and reduce your food miles. Start a garden or even just grow herbs on your window sill – it’s fun, it reduces waste, and it’s empowering!
Which criteria do you recommend families consider and learn more about when shopping?
When purchasing anything – whether it be baby gear, feeding products, nursery gear, or toys I stress to really be mindful of the companies and products you are supporting. We see so many companies, today, making products that are designed to break. It’s time we start supporting companies that value their products and work towards a circular model. Look for products that will last, look for companies that stand behind their products, and look for items that can be easily recycled once they have worn out.
Tell us about your zero waste kit.
My zero waste kit helps me refuse single use disposable items when I’m on the go. Most of the waste we generate happens outside of our home so being prepared is key to reducing waste. I use a mason jar for beverages and food storage, a reusable napkin for replacing paper towels and paper napkins, a stainless steel straw to avoid plastic straws, a stainless steel spork to refuse single use cutlery, a stainless steel container for food on the go and even leftovers at restaurants, and a cloth tote to contain everything and to refuse single use plastic bags. Now, I stick all of these things in the diaper bag and it works perfectly!
What are some of your favorite other products or companies that are helping reduce waste?
There are so many great companies striving to make a positive, environmental impact. One of the first companies I fell in love with was Planet Love Life. They are working to spread awareness and teach about marine debris and pollution. They collect fishing gear off of beaches that have washed ashore and turn them into beautiful bracelets – bracelets that in turn help spread the message of preserving our beautiful planet. Some of my favorite products that help me reduce waste are stainless steel straws and plastic free scrubbing brushes. Their not only beautiful to keep around, they are incredibly durable and will last a very long time. And finally, I have to give a shout out to Jessica and Nicole of Hand and Land in Kansas City. Their store is a one of kind shop that sources local makers and products as well as simple and natural health and beauty products. I’m. In. Love.
Why did you choose Bumbleride?
Supporting companies who stand behind their products, are mindful of their environmental impact, and strive for sustainable business practices is very important to me. I spent a considerable amount of time researching the perfect stroller that aligned with my values and excitedly came across Bumbleride. From the moment I read their mission, I fell in love. Every part of production from the materials to the manufacturing has been fine tuned to be the most sustainable. What other stroller companies do this? There isn’t many. Aside from their goal to preserve the beautiful world around us, their strollers are incredibly, and I truly mean INCREDIBLY wonderful to push and maneuver. After all of the strollers I have tested – some cheaper, some more expensive, Bumbleride was the best – by miles.
Who are some of the people/companies you are following for zero waste inspiration?
There are so many wonderful Zero Waste bloggers and Instagrammers that continue to inspire me every single day. The Zero Market in Denver Co is a huge source for my inspiration as a zero waste shop entrepreneur. Their goal to create a completely zero waste store aka store of the future impresses me greatly. They put so much effort and care into sourcing sustainable goods, recycling items intended for the landfill, and offering the tools for people to jump into the zero waste movement. I have recently started my journey to do the same in my area and have begun with an online shop called www.zerowastenerd.com.
We were honored that Sonnet James chose our Bumbleride Indie Twin in Silver Black for their New York Fashion Week trip. The stroller proved to wear multiple hats for them and we love the photos. Check out their amazing trip, playful dresses (new line launches November 8th!) and cute baby Leif.
“When we were planning our New York trip, we kind of dropped the ball on getting everything we needed for our sweet baby Leif while working on fabrics, samples, designing, and planning the entire shoot, hair and makeup, hotel stay, and flights for our ever growing team. So when we panicked that we didn’t have a stroller, we searched for the perfect system that would meet our needs and compliment our brand. When we came across the Bumbleride Indie Twin, it was exactly what we had in mind! Even with one baby, we knew we’d need plenty of room for our equipment, dresses, cameras, and LOTS of water bottles. The customer service was incredible and worked with us to flawlessly get the stroller to us in a serious time crunch. And even when it was super hot and stuffy, we could open up the flaps for better air flow and more comfort for our littlest team member. Since we left our hotel in the morning and didn’t get home until dark, our Bumbleride was also his crib, which worked out perfectly since each seat lays back to a completely reclined position. Maneuvering the streets was smooth and easy and we can honestly say, from experience, that it saved our backs and feet, and since we didn’t have to wear a tower of hats and six layers of coats each just to get around, it also kept us as cool as we could get in Manhattan’s September heat. Thanks for coming to our rescue, Bumbleride!!”
For many of us at Bumbleride, the ocean is our playground. So when this new children’s book, The Surfing Animals Alphabet caught our eye, we were excited to check it out.
Jonas Claesson, an experienced Illustrator, has ventured into new territory with his first children’s book with the help of writer and father James Redmayne (@jkredmayne) . This book both entertains and educates as you travel from A to Z. With tandem surfing kangaroos and a frog who surfs an old school log we know parents and kids alike will love this aquatic alphabet adventure.