As the year comes to a close we want to say thank you. Thank you for your support of small businesses like ours. Thank you for recognizing the importance of high quality products that will last for years to come. Thank you for recognizing the part we all play in reducing our impact on the world around us and training our little ones to do the same.
2019 was the year of Era. After many years of development, we were happy to launch our first reversible seat modular stroller built for terrain and designed for the city. We know Era will fill a need that families have for versatility and comfort without sacrificing quality and durability.
Here are a few more highlights from this past year:
• Reached and surpassed our 1 million plastic water bottles upcycled into fabrics milestone.
• Improved Packaging (increased percentage of curbside recyclable packaging, reduced use of plastic bags, launched tabbed accessory box designs to reduce tape use and bulk).
• Participated in our 15th beach cleanup helping remove over 100 lbs. of debris this year including Coastal Cleanup Day, the Creek To Bay Cleanup and hosted cleanups at Moonlight and Ocean beaches in CA.
• 1% of Tourmaline Wave colorway sales supported “I Love a Clean San Diego” Kid’s Ocean Day (bringing children to the beach for their first time and first beach cleanup) and the Clean Beach Coalition (additional trash and recycle bins placed at beaches on busiest days to prevent pollution).
We are constantly looking for ways to do good. Whether it be the materials we use, our manufacturing processes or the way we run our business, we know we can always grow and improve.
We are grateful that you’ve made Bumbleride the choice for your active eco-minded family. Please stay tuned for color updates, improvements in materials and new accessories from Bumbleride in 2020!
Matt & Emily (Founders) and the entire Bumbleride Team
Members of the Bumbleride team and local families headed to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on Saturday, September 21st to stroll the area for trash and debris. We brought our own buckets, gloves and trash grabbers to help beautify one of San Diego’s most frequented sites. We were so excited to see multiple families with strollers supporting the cause!
We recorded the various items we collected (bottle caps, straws, single use plastics, to name a few) and talked to the kids about how these items, when left on the street or beach, negatively affect our environment and its inhabitants. It is so important for us to teach these little citizens about protecting our planet so future generations can enjoy all of the same beauty that we have today.
“Thanks for coming out again and making SCNP cleaner and safer! At the end of the day, 73 lbs. of trash and 25 lbs. of recyclables were collected. Good job volunteers!!!!!! “- Ranger A. Dominguez, host at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
In just three hours, more than 6,500 volunteers cleared nearly 145,000 pounds (72,500 tons) of waste and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities across San Diego County for the 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the nonprofit I Love A Clean San Diego. The day’s environmental protection effort took place at 107 sites around the region and prevented the equivalent of 5,500 garbage trucks emptying their contents into the ocean.
Do you clean up your local community? Share a photo to social media with @bumbleride tag to let us know what you’re doing in your local area.
Did you know Bumbleride partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego this year to donate 1% of Tourmaline Wave stroller and accessory sales to the Non-Profit that is committed to a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region.
” When you’re ready to step up to an all terrain stroller, there’s no ﬁner (and more natural) choice than the Bumbleride Indie, made with eco fabrics that keep plastic bottles out of landfills. ” – Mama Natural
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!