Fabric with a purpose


Earthkeepers

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.

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine review Natural Indie- “This baby is worth every penny.”


Pregnancy and Newborn Natural Indie Review

Until recently, I thought all strollers were created basically equal: They get your kid from point A to point B but not without being cumbersome and unwieldy—and making you look a little too mommish in the process. (“Mommish” in the not-so-hot sense of the word. Think “mom jeans.”)

Clearly, I had never tried the Bumbleride Indie. It is the antithesis of all I thought a stroller had to be. It’s easy to maneuver, lightweight, sleek and (dare I say it?) hip to boot. Plus, putting it together was a breeze. 

I’m not a big fan of user manuals, and even less of a fan of the tedious, step-by-step assembly directions that come in them. When I pulled the stroller out of the box in a few separate pieces, I was a little hesitant to begin the assembly process. Turns out, there was no need for my fear. With my husband and I tag-teaming it, the stroller was together in around fifteen minutes. 

Once the stroller was ready to go, I saw firsthand what all the fuss was about. (I spent more than my fair share of time reading reviews before the stroller arrived.) When I first came across the Indie weeks before, I marveled at the hefty price tag, but once we put it to work, I marveled no more. This baby is worth every penny. Comparing the Indie to the traditional, clunky four-wheeled stroller is like comparing a Ford pickup truck to an Aston Martin: They both get you where you’re going, but how you feel getting there is a different story.

The Indie offers the same smooth ride for baby (and push for mom or dad) no matter the terrain. The stroller moved as easily over rough walking trails as neighborhood sidewalks thanks to the rear-suspension system. The maneuverability is just as impressive. I can steer the stroller with one hand and can turn the stroller on a dime thanks to the 360-degree swiveling front wheel. In fact, after assembling the stroller (more on that later), I watched my husband navigate the hairpin turns around the coffee table in our tiny apartment and was reminded of those new fancy car commercials (minus the hip music). Another great feature of the Indie is the size. It is lightweight enough for me to pick up with one arm when hoisting into the trunk and can be navigated through store aisles with plenty of room for passersby. 

Adding to the laundry list of the Indie’s cool features is the adjustable handlebar and the massive sunshade that covers almost the entire seat when fully extended. (A mesh window allows your little one to take in the world around him while being protected from the sun’s rays.) Oh, and I can’t forget the under-the-seat storage basket that I know will come in hand during trips to the grocery store. 

Of course, despite the Indie’s great assets, there are a few things I would change. For starters, the cup holder is conveniently placed but a little too shallow to hold my favorite water bottle securely in place. Too, collapsing the stroller was a little difficult for me (although my hubby had no problem with it), and I wish it could fold a bit flatter. Finally, although the solid, deep “ocean” blue color matches my diaper bag perfectly, having an option besides a solid would be those who want to jazz things up a bit. All in all, these things are a small price to pay considering the other perks. 

And, with so many perks to be had, I’m happy that the Indie will be a part of our family for more than just a year. Before getting the Bumbleride, we had a travel system we picked up at a garage sale. It was functional, but only made to last through our little one’s first year. Not so with the Bumbleride. It can go from newborn to toddler with just a couple of simple adjustments. 

With our baby in the newborn stages, we can attach our Graco car seat using the adapter bar, or simply recline the seat and let the infant headrest and straps keep him securely in place. Then, when our little guy is older, we can adjust the seat to a sitting position and add the padded bumper bar. 

Oh, and there’s one final bonus I have to mention: With the Indie being around for the next years, I won’t have any excuse to avoid regular jogs around our neighborhood. Prebaby body, here I come!

http://www.pnmag.com/maternity-baby-gear-reviews/bumbleride-natural-edition-indie

Is That Stroller You’re Thinking of Buying Good For the Planet?- Chasing Green


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There are so many factors to consider when buying baby strollers: longevity, versatility, safety, design, etc. For the eco-friendly parent, there’s even more to think about, as most strollers are constructed from a combination of plastic, rubber, aluminum, and foam materials; fire-retardants that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs); as well as synthetic fabrics, glues, and dyes that off-gas. The manufacturing process itself is usually not very sustainable either.

ECO-FRIENDLY STROLLER BUYING TIPS

Even in today’s modern marketplace, it’s difficult to find a stroller that’s free of all these earth-damaging materials and qualities, but here are some tips and options that will make your purchase a little less taxing on the planet:

  • A midsize stroller system that combines a car seat and stroller and folds into manageable dimensions. That way you won’t have to buy several incompatible components like a car seat, stroller, car-seat frame, etc.
  • Durable construction.
  • Sturdy wheels.
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)- and fire retardant-free cushioning.
  • A size capacity that accommodates a larger infant and/or toddler, so it doesn’t have to be replaced in a year or two.
  • A standard stroller with ultra-stable wheels so you don’t have to buy a jogging stroller as well

Bumbleride now offers a Natural Edition line of strollers that are comprised of PVC-, phthalate-, and BPA-free rain covers; fire retardant-free fabrics; 15 percent recycled aluminum frames; 50 percent recycled exterior fabrics; 50 percent bamboo fiber seating surfaces; and 100 percent recycled plastic seating structures.

  • After researching the up-to-date safety standards under ASTM and recall lists by the CPSC, consider purchasing a used stroller. Make sure you have the stroller’s original instruction manual so you use it correctly.
  • Sell or donate your used stroller when you’re finished with it. As long as it’s in good condition, there’s a family with a baby who can use it!
  • When you’re done with your stroller, simply send it to Baby Earth and they’ll make sure everything is properly disassembled before sending all usable parts to accredited recycling centers. Fabrics are sent to developing countries, while metal, plastic, and foam are used in construction projects. And if the stroller is still in pristine condition, Baby Earth will donate it to a family in need. For complete instructions, visit BabyEarth.com.

http://www.chasinggreen.org/article/stroller-youre-thinking-buying-good-planet/

Mama Natural gives Natural Indie her seal of approval!


 

In the world of babies, buying a stroller is the equivalent of buying a car. It’s a big investment and you want to make the right choice. Mike and I hemmed and hawed over all the different options out there… do we want all terrain wheels, or a city stroller; one with ample luggage space or one that’s compact and lightweight?

We avoided the decision altogether for the first 6 months of Griffin’s life by buying an inexpensive yet pretty effective stroller frame that his car seat easily plugged into.

But as Griff continued to grow, we knew we had to make a decision. So the research began. And it was frustrating. We couldn’t seem to find just the right stroller. Like Goldilocks, this stroller was too big, that stroller was too small, this stroller wasn’t good on multiple surfaces, and that stroller was just plain ugly. LOL!

And then…. Mike stumbled upon the Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition stroller. And like Cinderella, the shoe fit perfectly!

Here’s what’s so great about the Indie…

  • It’s the only stroller you need from infancy to toddlerhood with a standard baby seat adapter
  • It has an adjustable seat that gives you a lay-flat option (great for serious baby napping)
  • It also has an adjustable leg rest for your growing baby and an adjustable handle bar for mom who’s 5’5 and dad who’s 6’1
  • It has a large cargo space so mommy can run serious errands and store her stuff
  • It has a serious canopy that gives you FULL sun protection
  • It’s all 12 inch wheels and rear suspension gives you great mobility on everything from cement to stones
  • Its front wheel locks, perfect for jogging. It also contains a jogging strap for greater flexibility
  • It’s “lightweight” at 20 pounds compared to other jogging strollersIt folds up and comes apart like a dream
  • It’s designed in the USA and the company was started by new parents who knew what parents wanted in a stroller

In particular, the Indie Natural Edition, includes:

  • 50% recycled materials are used for the stroller’s fabric
  • 50% of the seating material is made out of temperature-regulating and eco-friendly bamboo
  • Comes in a warm, chocolate brown and rich lapis blue color

My only complaint is that it doesn’t have a kick stand or some other type of apparatus that allows you to set the folded up stroller vertically. We installed a hook near our backdoor where we hang the stroller and solves this issue perfectly.

If you’re in the market for a new stroller, be sure to check the Indie Natural Edition. At nearly $500, it’s definitely an investment but it is the only stroller you need from newborn to toddler. Plus, we’ve seen firsthand how comfortable Griffin is in this ride. We love it. And we’re so very thankful to Bumbleride for the chance to try it out. Mama Natural gives it her seal of approval!

http://mamanatural.com/review-bumbleride-indie/

Eco Child’s Play shares their thoughts on Indie Natural Edition


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Since I live in the mountains, I had to have a serious stroller to handle the dirt roads and trails we walked.  I had a jogging stroller made by Trek, but the front wheel did not swivel requiring a large turning radius that was not so practical when I did take it into town.  Bumbleride has the problem solved with their all terrain Indie model:

  • Bumbleride Indie is suitable for infancy and up with standard infant headrest and shoulder pads, multi-use infant seat adapter/bumper bar and safety strap, jogging strap and cup holder

  • 12″ air inflated tires with 360° swivel front wheel with inline locking option for light jogging

  • Multi-adjustable handle height, backrest and footrest with flat position for sleeping babies

  • Oversized canopy with SPF 45 UV lining for maximum sun coverage

  • Lightweight, anodized aluminum frame construction with an easy, compact fold and spacious cargo basket

  • Derek of Natural Papa wrote a great review of this stroller:

    The Bumbleride is the Mercedes of strollers.

    There, I said it.

    We pushed this thing, fully loaded with a kid and all the assorted kid gear we could cram into it, up hills and over grass, through dirt and gravel and nuclear waste (ok, I’m stretching it a bit here), and it performed with extreme awesomeness. Yup, awesomeness.

    Furthermore, the fabrics are made from recycled content and bamboo!

    Would I buy this product? If I needed a new stroller yes, but I could never, ever afford the price tag ($490).  I once bought a car for that price!  The best thing to do for the planet and your budget is to get a used stroller.  You can often find them on craigslist or from a friend.  You can even barter a work trade or something, instead of dishing out the big bucks…but if you want a Mercedes…

    http://ecochildsplay.com/2011/06/26/5-green-products-growums-green-earth-technologies-g-oil-born-free-bumbleride-smartklean/