This is an excerpt from a bestproducts.com article by Margaret Hartgrove:
Earth Day is April 22, but when it comes to your baby, every day is an opportunity to go green. Luckily, it’s never been easier — or more affordable — to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that not only remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home, but also help the planet, too. Because what better gift can you give your child than ensuring that they have a safe and clean world to grow up in. From the nursery to your diaper bag, check out these 25 simple product swaps to help give your little one a healthy and natural start.
A truly organic stroller doesn’t exist (yet!), but some manufacturers, like Bumbleride, come pretty close. New for 2016 is Speed, their first-ever jogging stroller. As with all Bumbleride rides, this one features feel-good fabrics that keep plastic bottles out of landfills, dyed in bright, vibrant colors via a process that conserves 25 to 40 gallons of water per stroller. Whether you’re training for a 5K or just doing errands around town, the stroller’s three-speed steering lets you run at your own pace.”
Bumbleride has been nominated a Finalist for Best Strollers in the Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Awards! Vote your favorite gear, products and for Bumbleride for a chance to win a basket full of nominated products here, http://bit.ly/15H6iEq!
In 2013, we set a goal to make our products cleaner for your baby and better for the environment. While this may be a big undertaking, we’ve started by shifting the way our polyester fabrics are made. Every Bumbleride is now made with 50% recycled PET exterior fabric and 50% bamboo charcoal interior fabric. Polyesters are known for their durability and ability to stay vibrant.
What does it mean to use recycled PET?
PET (or polyethylene terephthalate) is a polyester that’s commonly used in packaging, like water bottles. All polyesters are made using synthetic fibers. However by breaking down, sterilizing and creating new fabric from existing material, we are able to take advantage of material that already exists, preventing the production of unnecessary material. It takes about 14 water bottles to produce one set of Indie fabric. One cubic yard of landfill space is conserved by recycling 4,800 water bottles. It may seem like a small amount, but it’s a start.
What does it mean to use bamboo charcoal?
Creating bamboo charcoal is a process that involves the breakdown of bamboo fibers into ultra-small nano particles that are infused into polyester fabric. Bamboo charcoal has excellent natural qualities like moisture absorption, temperature regulation and helps to prohibit bacterial growth in the seating area of your stroller. The result is a soft, durable fabric that not only looks good, but is also good for baby.
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.
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.
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
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…
“Any mom with a little one knows how important a quality stroller is for shopping; going to the park, zoo, mall, a trip, walk in the woods, jog and the list goes on and on. From the stroller being comfortable, light weight and versatile to the storage capacity, handle height and cup holder – a stroller and all of its bells and whistles are important!
A mom knows this.
A mom uses the stroller day after day after day and sometimes for several children.
The stroller has to easily be unfolded and folded up again. The child needs to have shade from the sun and elements; sleep and ride with great comfort and the mom must be able to have a place for her water bottle, shades and phone!
For Mother’s day 2011 I am excited to be giving away a Bumbleride Natural Edition Indie Single Ride Stroller! A stroller that has an exterior made of 50% recycled material and a seating surface made using 50% bamboo fiber. With 12 inch tires this stroller is all that and more! Mama you and baby deserve this stroller!”