WHAT MAKES A BABY STROLLER SUSTAINABLE?
"A sustainable stroller is a high-quality one that lasts for years without breaking. You should be able to use it from the moment your baby is born until he no longer needs it, and potentially for other kids as well. This means that it should be able to adjust and grow with your child so that you do not need to buy another stroller later.
It is also better to choose a stroller that suits your needs and lifestyle, one that can be used in a variety of ways, so that, again, you won’t need to buy another one down the line because the previous one is not practical enough.
Of course, an eco-friendly stroller needs to comply with safety standards, but it is also non-toxic (to your baby’s health and the environment).
It should be free of harmful chemicals, like BPA, PVC, phthalates or fire retardants, which are all very toxic to human health. A sustainable stroller should also have a PFAS-free and PFC-free water-repellent.
The GREENGUARD Gold and the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certifications both ensure that the products are free of hazardous substances, so try to find strollers with those certifications. "
WHAT ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS SHOULD YOU SEARCH FOR?
"Many sustainable strollers’ fabric is made using recycled plastic, which is great because it diverts plastic from landfills. Tencel or GOTS-certified organic cotton are other green options you can find on the market.
Frames can be made of recycled plastic as well, but aluminum is another eco-friendly alternative since it is infinitely recyclable at the end of its life. Some sustainable brands also use cork or wood in certain parts of their strollers. "
"Bumbleride is an American company that has been selling eco-friendly strollers and car seats since 2004. The brand has different types of baby strollers, from classic to twin, to jogging strollers. They can be used with your newborn from day one, and they convert into infant mode with only a few snaps and no attachments. Bumbleride fabrics are made using 100% recycled water bottles: so far, the company has upcycled over one million bottles into new fabrics since 2011.
All the fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified, meaning that they are free of harmful chemicals, and they do not contain PVC, flame retardants, BPA or phthalates.
25% of the plastic frame components are sourced from recycled fishing nets that have been recovered from the local oceans near the Bumbleride factory in Taiwan. Bumbleride’s Era reversible stroller also features an adjustable, non-toxic handlebar made of cork.
The brand uses a durable water repellent that is PFAS-free, and it dyes its black fabrics using an innovative dyeing process that helps conserve 25 to 40 gallons of water per stroller.
If you are looking for some stroller accessories, Bumbleride has great ones all made of GOTS-certified organic cotton, which is a gentler option for sensitive skins and offers extra support and cushion for your baby.
Bumbleride also launched reRide, where the brand resells its returned products at a discounted price. A great initiative for your wallet and the planet!"
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