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.
Our Fabrics Just Got Better
Durability, safety and function are top of mind when choosing the materials for our products and environmental impact is always a big part of that discussion. Our mission is to continue to get you out doing what you love, while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share.
With each new collection, we continue to evolve and progress our eco story. Our materials feature:
- 100% recycled polyester fabric (RPET)
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I Certification (the strictest of test classes for baby products)
- Innovative dye process (for black colorways)
- Polyurethane foam free
- Harmful chemical and fire retardant free
Starting this year, we have added a new water repellent treatment to our fabrics. We have moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based water repellent to C-6, which is more eco-friendly, as its by-products break down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity over time to living things.
Feel good knowing our rPET fabrics have kept over half a million water bottles out of landfills since 2011. It’s not an option, not an upgrade; just the right thing to do. Learn more about our fabrics.
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.
Some other fantastic bloggers are Andrea of Be Zero, Courtney of Be More with Less, Caitlin of Eco Cajun, and Meredith of Meredith Tested. But seriously, there are SO many wonderful bloggers out there striving to make the world a little better.
-Megean Weldon, Zero Waste Nerd
Make sure to visit Megean’s website, Zero Waste Nerd and follow her on Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
Megean and family.
Strolling and picking up litter.
Megean’s brother getting a chance to push Indie at the local Farmer’s Market.
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.
Follow along on Instagram: @sonnetjames + @remistoneman_photo.
“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!!”
– Sonnet James
Learn more about our Indie Twin double all terrain stroller.
Learn more about Sonnet James.
Thank you Bumbleride Family for helping vote for Speed in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards for the Gear Category for Renown Jogging Strollers!!!
Speed offers the the only partial swivel for jogging strollers in the world. Learn more about our Speed jogging stroller here.
View all the national winner’s here!