Materials

2020 Bumbleride Materials

Materials Matter

Eco is not a trend. The textiles, aluminum and plastics that make up Bumbleride products are carefully chosen for durability, safety and function, but also for their environmental impact. Manufacturing can be a dirty business so we seek out suppliers that are innovating to save energy, conserve water and reduce pollution in landfills.

All of our fabrics are OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I certified free from harmful chemicals (What is OEKO-TEX?). Bumbleride products are free from Fire Retardants (except in UK where required by law), Lead, Phthalates, BPA, Polyurethane Foam (excluding Travel Bags for form), PVC, Vinyl, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, PFCs & PFASs (PFOA/PFOS) and many more harmful chemicals.

Bumbleride fabrics are made from 100% recycled PET (post-consumer plastic water bottles, polyethylene terephthalate, RPET). We have upcycled over 1 million bottles into our fabrics since 2011. In addition, our black colorways use an innovative dye process that conserves approximately 25-40 gallons of water per stroller. This dye process not only reduces water use, but also pollution. 

In an industry where mega factories, fast fashion and mass production are the norm; causing social and quality control concerns along with extreme environmental harm, we have chosen to work with a family-run, small batch factory in Taiwan from the very beginning of Bumbleride. Our factory uses more than 50 local businesses as sub-contractors, who not only support the local economy, but allow for tight and close control on quality and efficiency. Read more about our Factory.

We are constantly evolving. We’ve been on a quest to find the most earth-friendly durable water repellent ( What is DWR? ), as traditional DWR used on performance fabrics is harmful to our planet and people. This new DWR would have to meet our stringent high performance and durability standards in addition to being safer on the planet. Through much research and testing, we are proud to offer a C-0, PFC free DWR with our 2020 Collection, that replaces these chemicals with a plant based oil to ensure the utmost safety for baby and planet. This new DWR provides outstanding waterproof performance and will last through many machine washes (spot washing with mild soap and water recommended to reduce environmental impact). Learn more about our DWR

Ocean plastic pollution is another critical issue that we are addressing with the help of our factory and suppliers. Discarded nylon fishing nets make up a significant part of the plastic pollution impacting our oceans, sea life and the environment. A single “ghost net” can last for months trapping fish, whales, dolphins, seals, turtles and sea birds. Beginning with our 2020 Collection, we have sourced nylon upcycled from fishing nets, which now make up 25% of the plastic components on our stroller frame. Cleaner oceans, happier sea life and less virgin plastic. 

We continue to research new materials that maintain our high standards for performance, while reducing our impact on the environment.



What is Recycled PET (rPET)?

PET is polyethylene terephthalate (plastic water bottles), considered a greener option in textiles today for a few reasons:

  • Various studies all agree that it uses anywhere from 35-53% less energy to make recycled polyester than it does to make virgin polyester.
  • We are keeping bottles out of landfills and reducing use of raw/virgin materials.
  • rPET is cited as producing far fewer emissions to the air than does the production of virgin polyester: again estimates vary, but Libolon’s website introducing its new RePET yarn put the estimate at 54.6% fewer CO2 emissions (source).


    What is OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class I?

    It is of the utmost importance that our products are produced with non-toxic materials. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for fabrics, which evaluates every stage of production. Class I is the strictest of the test classes and applies to products for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age. Visit OEKO-TEX website


    What is DWR or Durable Water Repellent?

    Durable Water Repellent (DWR) is a liquid chemical treatment to fabric that creates a microscopic barrier to prevent saturation when wet, most often found in high performance outdoor clothing and found in baby gear fabrics to protect against spills and accidents. Most common DWRs contain PFC related chemicals that are known concerns to the health of baby and the planet, often referenced as C-8. Bumbleride’s DWR is PFC free (C-0). In 2018, we moved from a C-8 fluorocarbon-based DWR treatment to a C-6 treatment, which breaks down faster in the environment with less potential toxicity to living things over time. Read more about DWR on Wikipedia.


    What are PFCs or PFASs?

    PFCs and PFASs are abbreviations for a group of “poly or per-fluorinated chemicals and compounds” most often referenced as specific versions named PFOA or PFOS. PFCs can most often be found in stain and water repellent fabrics, plastic food packaging, non-stick cooking equipment, drinking water and household cleaning products. Bumbleride fabrics are PFC and PFAS free. Learn more about PFCs and PFASs at the EPA.


    What is in Bumbleride's DWR?

    • Non-fluorinated, plant based oil.
    • Machine washable without sacrificing fabric breathability or feel.  
    • Screened via ChemIQ, with a “Preferred” rating, for VF Corporation, and has been registered with the Scivera system for Nike. 
    • Approved by the third-party safe chemistry certifiers, bluesign®, ZDHC, and preferred by OEKO-TEX.

    Why Cork?

    • Durable & Anti-microbial
    • 100% Sustainable & Renewable
    • Naturally Waterproof & Non-toxic
    • Non-slip, Ergonomic Grip
    • Easy To Clean

    Learn more about caring for your cork handlebar.


    What material are recycled sea nets or fishing nets?

    Beginning with our 2020 Collection, we have sourced nylon recovered from the upcycling of fishing nets, which now make up 25% of the plastic components on our stroller frame. These nylon fishing nets are recovered from the local oceans near our factory in Taiwan, cleaned, converted into reusable pellets, and injection molded into plastic parts. They have been tested for durability and have proved to be as effective as regular plastic.



    Organic Cotton Accessory Collection


    We are thrilled to offer a 100% Organic Cotton Accessory Collection at Bumbleride. Our goal is to keep it simple and functional by only manufacturing items that you need and nothing you don’t. This organic cotton accessory collection is for those who prefer a gentler option for sensitive skin or want extra cushion and support for little ones on the go. We are proud this organic collection features GOTS certified cotton; free of pesticides and harmful chemicals. Plus, producing organic cotton uses 71% less water, 62% less energy and has less impact on the air than conventional cotton. Small choices make a big impact.

    What is TPR?

    Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR), has replaced the foam in our handlebars excluding Era which features 100% cork. TPR is durable, recyclable and uses less energy to produce.

    Bumbleride Safety Certifications:

      • ASTM-F833 (US)
      • SOR-85-379 (Canada)
      • EN-1888 (Europe)
      • AS/NZS-2088 (Australia / New Zealand)

     

    Helpful links to learn more:

    https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/textiles-and-water-use/
    https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/why-is-recycled-polyester-considered-a-sustainable-textile/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PET_bottle_recycling
    http://aboutorganiccotton.org/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durable_water_repellent.
    https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorinated_compound
    https://www.ceh.org/forever-chemicals-its-whats-for-dinner/
    http://www.fao.org/in-action/globefish/fishery-information/resource-detail/en/c/388082/
    https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/plastics-in-the-ocean/global-ghost-gear-initiative/
    https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/news/ghost-gear-still-plaguing-ocean-wildlife-big-business-making-improvements