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, 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.)

4. Repurpose
Try crafts for the kids using safe recyclables and trash. Re-purpose 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.

How does your family reduce their footprint? We’d love to hear in a comment!

I Love A Clean San Diego Partnership

April is Earth Month and we are excited to announce our partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego which leads and inspires our local San Diego community to actively conserve and enhance the environment through education, outreach, and local involvement. This year, 1% of Tourmaline Wave purchases will be donated to ILACSD.

Each year, ILACSD removes half a million pounds of debris from San Diego’s neighborhoods, creeks, canyons and coastline! We believe in their mission and have committed to them with volunteer service and donations. Get involved and join their next cleanup, the Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 27th from 9am-12pm. At last year’s event, they had over 6,400 volunteers collect over 145,000 lbs. of trash and debris at 116 sites! Find the Bumbleride team at the Sunset Cliffs site cleanup location at 1120 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 near the corner of Froude St.


2018 Creek To Bay Cleanup Video

Over 1,000 students joined Kid’s Day 2018 to create the image above at a local beach in San Diego, CA. Kid’s Day this year is May 16th, RSVP on Facebook here. See you there!

Thank you I Love a Clean San Diego for helping keep our community clean and for inspiring others to take action!

Top Eco Friendly Picks – Gugu Guru – Bumbleride Indie

Gugu Guru Stroller Registry

Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller Eco Friendly

 

“Happy Earth Day! Going green and helping to take care of the Earth for future generations is important to many moms, so we asked our team of Gugu Concierge Baby Planners and Maternity Consultants to share their Top Eco-Friendly Picks.”- Gugu Guru

Julie McCaffrey, BabyNav Baby Planners, NY, NY
Bumbleride Indie: Constructed with eco fabrics featuring recycled plastics (PET), Oeko-Tex and Blue sign System Partner Fabric Certifications.

Read the rest of their picks including some of our favorites like Nature’s Little Squeeze Reusable Food Pouches by Wee Sprout, http://blog.guguguru.com/gugu-concierge-top-eco-friendly-picks/ .

How We Eco – PLAY – Meet The Bruckart’s

The Bruckart's How We Eco

Meet The Bruckart’s

We are native San Diegans, living the beach life in Point Loma with our 3 tiny humans; Brooklyn (4-1/2), Maxwell (2) and Bowen (4 months). Our greatest childhood memories are outside. Riding bikes with neighborhood friends (until past dinnertime), collecting rocks and snails or camping at the beach or mountains; adventuring outside has always come natural and we believe helped shape our view of the world. Our goal as parents is to teach our children not only to love and respect the environment, but to learn how our choices impact the world downstream. Proud parent moment happened the other day. Brooklyn: “Mama, I just saw someone’s trash on the side of the road. That was not a good decision. We should stop and pick it up so it doesn’t go in the ocean.” And so we did. In a world that is driven by consumerism and mass media, it’s tough to pull kids away from what they see their peers doing almost everywhere they go. We find that our kids are happiest and most playful when they are outside using their imagination and making memories on their bikes or with whatever they find in nature (rocks, sticks, sand, water). And…a secret swing set on the water is always a parent/kid win-win!

Bruckart Family Favorite Gear

When making purchasing decisions, we lean towards buying goods that will stand the test of time, but also show respect to the environment. How cool that Skuut plants a tree with every bike sold? –buy a bike, plant a tree. Keep it up, Skuut. The Hape scoot-around bike uses FSC-certified wood, non-toxic finishes, making it both durable and safe. Our Green Toys Recycle Truck goes between the house, the beach and the park and still somehow looks new (it’s 4+ years old). I love that it’s made using recycled milk jugs; and in the US! Green Toys, our family and Bumbleride all live by the same mantra: Every day is Earth Day! By using recycled plastic, bottles are re-routed from landfills back to our playrooms (or to your stroller), all while saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint. Although our littlest is only 4 months old, he’s already grabbing onto things and two tiny teeth are about to pop through. Thanks to this super cute hedgehog, a non-toxic Finn + Emma wooden teether, he’s a happy camper and us parents can feel good about it being slobbered on. In sum, we must remember that these little humans look to us for guidance and direction in this world. They are copycats and love to learn and feel empowered by making good choices. We must teach them through action how their decisions make a difference whether big or small.

Bruckarts on Swing Bruckart's swinging Bruckart baby

Bruckart Family

HOW WE ECO: PLAY

1.) Bumbleride Indie Twin

2.) Skuut Wooden Balance Bike (shop link)

3.) Green Toys Recycling Truck

4.) Finn & Emma Wooden Teether/Rattle

5.) Bumbleride Indie Twin Bassinet/Carrycot

6.) Hape Scoot-Around

7.) Bumbleride Kids Klean Kanteen