Bumbleride Era vs. Bumbleride Indie Stroller Comparison – Strolleria

Strolleria Bumbleride Retailer

“Now, in September 2019, Bumbleride is releasing a new stroller that may an even better fit for families hitting a trail today and the mall tomorrow.

The Bumbleride Era—available for pre-order at Strolleria—is the company’s first four-wheeled stroller, combining smaller, air-filled tires with convenient everyday features like a reversible seat. 

If you plan to run with your stroller, you’ll want to stick with the Bumbleride Indie (or the larger-wheeled Bumbleride Speed). With its 3-wheeled design and lighter weight, the Indie is designed for optimal maneuverability and performance while running.

But if you’re considering a jogging stroller for both everyday use and for activities like hiking or walking the beach, you’ll find pros and cons in both Bumbleride options. 

We’ll compare the differences between the Bumbleride Era and the Bumbleride Indie in this post.”

Bumbleride Era vs. Bumbleride Indie

CONCLUSION

“If you’re looking for a single stroller to tackle the challenges of both tough terrain and everyday errands, the Bumbleride Indie or the Bumbleride Era are an ideal choice.

Runners will opt for the Indie, which has a three-wheeled design better suited for quick maneuverability on a run.

But if your jogging stroller will really be more of a hiking stroller, you might like the combination of city and terrain features on the new Bumbleride Era.”- Strolleria

10 Steps To Reduce Your Family Footprint

Bumbleride Speed in Dawn Grey Mint and Bumbleride Indie in Tourmaline Wave

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 database, WasteFreeSD.org.

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 KanteenWean 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.)

4. Repurpose
Try crafts for the kids using safe recyclables and trash. Re-purpose food containers in the garage or in a cabinet or shelf to help organize small items.

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!

Meet Matthew Reichardt of Bumbleride in Little Italy – SD Voyager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Reichardt.

Matthew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2004, my wife, Emily, and I after the birth of our first child, Ella, started Bumbleride out of our home in Point Loma, San Diego. Living active lifestyles with our kids we were looking to create baby products that not only met our design and quality criteria but also a brand and culture that connected with modern parents.

Early on we realized that in addition to quality products that had a clean design aesthetic we wanted to reduce our impact on the environment. Manufacturing can be a dirty business and we realized that we needed to do our part.

We first focussed on eliminating any chemicals or materials that could be harmful. In 2011 we introduced recycled polyester using post-consumer plastic water bottles into our fabrics and in 2016 we moved to 100% rPET. Since 2011 we have kept over 1/2 million water bottles out of landfills from this process.

Beyond developing the best products that we can we are focussed on our culture and our customer. At Bumbleride we try to do good and have fun doing it. Our team consists of individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus not just on what’s happening in their department but on creating a brand built on our shared vision.

Our customer care team doesn’t have scripts we build relationships with our customers so that we can make continuous improvement to our products.

Ultimately we are aware that we make products for families most precious cargo. Being parents of 3 children of our own we want to help get families out and doing what they love while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share. That’s the Bumbleride promise. The ride of your life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We have definitely had our challenges along the way. Probably the biggest struggle we face is how to grow and build our brand while at the same time staying small and focussed on the small batch manufacturers we work with, the materials we use and maintain our high-quality standards.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bumbleride – what should we know?
We manufacture strollers and stroller accessories. Our products are focussed on active parents that appreciate quality, clean design and are environmentally conscious. I am most proud of my team, our Bumbleride family, without them we would not have the brand and culture that we have today. What sets us apart is our eco-conscious company culture…

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Built To Last


(2011 Jet Black Indie at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville Florida still in use today)

We design each Bumbleride with durability and easy maintenance in mind, to ensure your stroller lasts beyond your family and stays out of landfills. As part of our commitment to offering awesome Customer Care and reducing our impact on the environment, we strive to stock parts online for purchase (in Canada, through our Customer Care) that are easily replaced using household tools. Since caring for your Bumbleride properly is essential to the life of the stroller, we have created support videos to help with reattaching fabricsfolding, using the included air pump and maintenance.

Hear from Bumblerider’s on how their strollers are built to last:

“I am at least the 3rd owner of this stroller but I love it so much that when it was time for a double I bought a new indie twin. I love how well these strollers hold up. The ease of use features on my 2017 twin are great but my 2011 still has a great push and works beautifully – Bethany (photo pictured at top)

“I previously had an Indie stroller for my first daughter in 2013. It was perfect for us in Southern California where we often used it for hiking on dirt trails, jogging on the boardwalk, and just cruising the neighborhood. We particularly loved the generous cargo space and full sun coverage. We gave that stroller away when we moved to Europe last summer and now pregnant with our second child, we looked exhaustively for a new stroller only to come back to the newest version of the Indie… ” – Susan

“We purchased the Indie 5 years ago. Hands down the most versatile, practical and classy stroller around. I love the chic and timeless form, the light weight, the easy way it folds down and the fact that ecological considerations are being used during the production process. The quality is great. Stains can easily be removed. Despite regular use the stroller still looks great…” – Elke

Not sure which part you need or having trouble finding it on our website? Contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or message us here.

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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.