Natural Baby Products I Love – Mama Natural – Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller

Mama Natural with Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller in Dawn Grey Coral
Mama Natural with Faith in their Bumbleride Indie in Dawn Grey Coral [in-stock].

” 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

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Mama Natural week by week guide to pregnancy and childbirth by genevieve howland.

Natural Baby Products: A Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist – Root + Revel

Looking for Natural Baby Products? This Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist is chockfull of ideas and tips for the best eco-friendly, organic baby products, from cribs and nursery furniture to skincare and bath products to strollers, car seats, and bottles. All the must haves for new moms so you’ll have everything you need, all the essentials, plus peace of mind knowing your baby is safe! 

Bumbleride Indie in Matte Black

  • Bumbleride Indie Stroller : If ever there was an eco-friendly, sustainable stroller, it was the Bumbleride. Made from 100% recycled PET, Bumbleride has kept over half a million water bottles out of landfills since 2011. To color their fabrics, they also use an innovative solution-dye process that conserves approximately 25-40 gallons of water per stroller. And if that weren’t enough, their strollers are PVC & phthalate free, made without fire retardants or polyurethane foam, and their fabrics are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class I certified to be free from harmful chemicals. Plus, the Indie has air-filled tires and a UPF 45+ canopy. We got this stroller to use around our neighborhood (more like a jogging stroller) as it’s a bit more heavy-duty than the UPPAbaby, but a super smooth ride nonetheless.

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Rise Above Plastics – Change Begins Onshore

November Recycling Awareness Bumbleride Fabrics

Rise Above Plastics

Throughout October , the Surfrider Foundation led a ‘Rise Above Plastics’ campaign by providing tips on how to reduce your plastic footprint and simple ways to implement change in your daily routine. The Surfrider Foundation’s mission is to protect and enjoy our oceans, waves and beachesHere are 10 ways to rise above plastics:

Ten Ways To Rise Above Plastics

  1. Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water.  Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
  2. Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics.  Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
  3. Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
  4. Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them.  A great wat to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
  5. Go digital!  No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
  6. Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
  7. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics.  Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
  8. Volunteer at a beach cleanup.  Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.
  9. Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
  10. Spread the word.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!

At Bumbleride….

At Bumbleride we are always looking for more ways to upcycle, recycle and reduce our plastic use. That’s why every stroller that Bumbleride manufactures, contains 14 recycled plastic bottles in a single seat fabric. That means plastics saved from land fills and our oceans. Our recycled fabric is called PET and allows us to use materials that already exist and avoid using all new material. Learn more about our fabrics here, http://www.bumbleride.com/our-fabrics .

We greatly encourage you to get involved in your own community and to take an extra step this month and help recycle. We strive to do just that by frequently taking the office outdoors and cleaning our local beaches, http://www.bumbleride.com/blog/earth-day-bumbleride-beach-cleanup. We have also established a Bumbleride recycling program at our offices in San Diego. We continue to work hard to be more responsible with our products and as a company but are proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far. We also know that educating our children starts with us setting a good example.

Bumbleride Beach Cleanup Rise Above Plastics

We support and appreciate the Surfrider Foundation‘s Rise Above Plastics campaign, http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics .

 

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/