10 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Footprint

Earth Day serves as a great reminder to make every day Earth Day. We wanted to share a few quick tips for reducing a family’s impact on the global community. Make sure to share the reasons for these activities with your little ones so they can learn how important it is to minimize our impact on the environment.

  1. Reduce water use and waste by:
    – Turning off the water while you brush your teeth.
    – Turning off the water while you wash dishes.
    – Wash your car with a biodegradable soap like this one, http://eagle1.com/enviroshine-car-wash in a location where runoff can go into landscaping or plants, not into the street or storm drain.
    – Taking a 5 minute shower or less.
  2. Eat local and seasonal food. Do you have a farmer’s market in your area?
  3. Grow your own vegetable or herb garden and plant fruit trees. Have your kids help with planting, harvesting and cooking. They might be more interested in trying what they helped grow, read more here: http://eartheasy.com/grow_gardening_children.htm.
  4. Repair before buying replacements (clothing & tools).
  5. Start composting your leftovers if you have a backyard, http://www.wikihow.com/Compost.
  6. Carry a reusable bag in your diaper bag, purse or car for shopping and groceries.
  7. Reduce single use plastic water bottles by:
    – Use a filtered pitcher/dispenser/faucet like Brita, https://www.brita.com/. A single water filter can take the place of up to 300 water bottles. That’s enough bottles to make 21 exterior Indie fabrics! Learn more about our fabric here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/our-fabrics.
    – Use a reusable water container like Nalgene, http://nalgene.com/.
  8. Reduce everyday plastic use like sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box and thermos/Nalgene. Skip Hop has some great options, http://www.skiphop.com/product/sandwichandsnackbagset.html.
  9. Bring a go-to-mug with you to coffee shops, smoothie shops and even restaurants that allow it.
  10. Volunteer for a local beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation, http://www.surfrider.org/Â or other coastal conservation group.

We’d love to hear how your family reduces their footprint in the comments below!

Fabric with a purpose


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Since launching our ‘Natural Edition’ strollers featuring a recycled polyester outer shell and bamboo blended interior, we have been interested in other companies that take advantage of such innovative materials.

Timberland is one of them, using recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate in their ‘Earthkeepers’ clothing line. Learn more about it here.

Recycled PET is consisted of plastic bottles, creating stronger tensile strength than normal fabrics. It can also be made to be soft to the touch and very durable.

It’s cool to think that each Bumbleride ‘Natural Edition’ stroller uses about 13.5 recycled plastic bottles for it’s outer shell fabric! We’re excited to be using this material and hope to be able to take advantage of it more in the future.

The Surf Industry finds a New Use for Bamboo Charcoal Fabrics


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Extremehorizon has introduced a bag using bamboo charcoal fabric that protects the life and health of wetsuits by absorbing odor and preventing bacterial growth. We view this as the ultimate test of the effectiveness of the bamboo fabric used in our new Natural Edition. The natural bamboo pores make it excellent for absorbing odor and safely inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungii.
To learn more, click here to read the Surfwire article.

Earth Day Wrap-Up


The Bumbleride team spent a part of Earth Day cleaning up one of our local beaches. We received quite a few fan photos on our Facebook page of you guys recycling, staying active and spending time with your family. Here are a few fun images that were submitted.

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Project Bumbleride Earth Day Giveaway and San Diego Beach Cleanup

Earth Day 2011, April 22nd is fast approaching! How do you plan on making a contribution?

Project Bumbleride would like to offer a free reusable Project Bumbleride canvas shopping bag to Bumbleride owners who take a picture of their family doing a green activity on Earth Day and send it to promotions@bumbleride.com to be shared on our Facebook page and our blog.  See contest details below.

To enter, send your photo and caption to promotions@bumbleride.com between Friday April 22nd and April 26th. We will then upload your photo to a Facebook album to share your helpful work with the community.

Giveaway details: Open to US and CAN only. Limit one bag per household. Photos must be submitted between April 22nd and April 26th.  Shipped via USPS. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.

Project Bumbleride

Beach Cleanup Details:
On Earth Day April 22nd, Bumbleride will be hosting a beach cleanup at Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA at 1:30pm-2:30pm. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. We will start at the North side of the OB pier.

We would like to invite any local Bumbleride owners and friends to join us in cleaning up the beach!