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 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, https://www.favecrafts.com/Earth-Day-Crafts/16-Recycle-Crafts-for-Kids . Repurpose 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.

The Ultimate Baby Shower Registry – Lost in LaLa

“With my due date literally right around the corner, I’m so excited to finally get to put all of the amazing items I’ve been gifted for Baby Girl Beech to use! When I first found out I was pregnant, I was completely clueless as to what products I would need to care for a baby. My friends and family would spew random information at me, which was super helpful but also extremely overwhelming and hard to take in. I’d make note of things mentally that stood out to me as items and products that would work for me and our family’s needs and lifestyle but when it came time to get organized and put together a baby shower registry, it was difficult to know where to begin! Cue, the registry guru who stumbled into my life at just the right time and helped me more than I could ever express! Monica Banks is the founder of Gugu Guru and now someone I’m grateful to call a friend. She is an expert on all things babies and children and was so crucial in my decision making when it came to products for our little one. Monica kept me organized, educated, prepared and above all else, made me feel confident that it was all going to be okay whenever I got overwhelmed or had questions. The guidance and careful thought that went into every category of baby products to suit our family was just brilliant and I’m thrilled she was able to take the lead on this blog post and share all the details of my baby shower registry with you today! Hope you enjoy!”- Shenae

My Registry Must-Haves

Hiking Stroller: Bumbleride Indie

Read the full list of registry must-haves.

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Adventuring with Bumbleride – Honeywild

Jumping for joy - Honeywild using Bumbleride Indie Twin in Oregon

“We recently received this beautiful double stroller for all of our hiking/outdoor adventures that are too much for baby wearing, and oh my goodness… we are in love! The tires are truly all-terrain and make even the rockiest trails feel smooth. Mabel falls asleep for almost every walk we do in this stroller. Nora loves being able to see Mabel; she can just look right over and there’s her bff smiling at her! I never thought I’d want/need a side-by-side but it’s been amazing!”

Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Stroller at the lake on gravel with Dad

“The handle is pivot height-adjustable, and the seats can both recline fully or sit upright. With a magnetic window opening, it’s easy to peek on the girls while they snooze/snack/chat away while taking in our scenery. The large canopy is seriously one of the best I’ve seen/used. It’s already pretty big, then two extra panels fold out so they can truly be protected from the sun, but with the mesh window, still having plenty of air.”

Loading Bumbleride Indie Twin Double Stroller into car

Fistbumps for best all terrain double stroller

“Fist bumps because best jogger/all-terrain/side-by-side stroller ever! 😉 I truly LOVE the simplicity of this stroller. I feel like double strollers (especially side-by-sides) are usually really bulky and just have too much going on. The minimalist design, colors, and all-around structure is what first attracted me to this stroller, the safety, smooth rides, materials used, and the list goes on is what made us want it for our lifestyle. We’ve gone running/jogging, rocky trails, steep hill hikes… and it aces the test every time.”

“All in all we are extremely pleased with this stroller. It meets our needs and exceeded our expectations. Oh! And it fits through doorways, ha! I’ve taken it both to Target, the Zoo, the grocery store with zero issues and don’t feel like a semi-truck walking around with it either. It’s a beautiful stroller and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to use and review it!”

Read the entire double stroller review.

Learn more about Indie Twin.