This is a frustrating subject, why can’t there be one, just one eco-friendly stroller that is made in USA and non-toxic? BabyPlanet claim their strollers are eco-friendly, yet they are made in China! And the material doesn’t sound too eco-friendly to me. Orbit also claim to be eco-friendly, but exactly what is eco-friendly? They have one special edition bassinet made in organic cotton, the one part you only need for a few months and I find completely unnecessary (just by a stroller that has a back-rest that can fold down), and guess where it is made- oh yes, IN CHINA! Bugaboo is made in Taiwan/China, BOB in China the list goes on. Most materials they use are not natural and some contain flame-retardants and off-gas toxic fumes. So what’s your best bet?
Carry your baby! Get an organic wrap carrier like the Cuddlewrap and carry your baby, it is the best for the child. Now for the rest of us that aren’t saints and don’t have backs of steel:
Get a used stroller! They have off-gassed for a while and you’re recycling. After you’re done with your stroller, sell it or pass it on to someone else. If you treat your stroller well, you might be able to sell it for as much as you bought it for!
If you however do want to buy a new stroller, make sure you buy only ONE, get one that fits all your needs. I like a stroller that has a back-rest that can be folded down so you can use it bassinet style. You’ll most likely want to carry your newborn the first few weeks anyway. Try to avoid anything made in China. Now, let’s look at strollers in the “less evil” category (he he):
From what I have read, the front-wheels are made in China, but the rest of the stroller is made in Norway. According to Stokke: “The XPLORY® stroller not only exceeds all stroller safety standards, but moves ever closer to surpassing our environmental ambitions. All XPLORY® plastics parts are marked for future recycling, re-use, and handling.” I like that the child can face both towards the parent and away, LOVE that the seat can go high up so you can look into baby’s eyes. Also love that you can recline the seat. Wish the wheels and tires were a little more hard-core so you could go off roads and to the beach easily, but I guess most people won’t need that function nowadays. It’s also a bit bulky (think of that if you know that you travel a lot or have a compact car).
Made in New Zealand. This stroller will go on almost all terrain, lockable swivel wheel, shock absorbers and some have reclining back-rests. Top rated by Consumer Reports. Eco-friendly? Well “aim to achieve sustained growth through controlled management of resources”. It’s a great all in one stroller that you can use for both jogging on the beach and strolling through town. I love that it’s not made in China, would love even more if a company in USA could follow their steps and make a stroller here.
Baby Bling Design Co:
An interesting stroller worth checking into. Of course, bummed out that the frame is made in China, but lo and behold- the fabric of the stroller is made in (gasp) USA! Nothing eco-friendly about this one except that it’s semi-Chinese instead of full-blood, made from a smaller company and you can exchange the fabric portion of the stroller which means it should be fairly easy to sell used and the next owner will only need to buy the fabric part in whatever color they want. I also like that it is an all in one stroller- a jogging stroller morphed for the city! Fold down is great as you can see on the image.
Reluctantly I mention this stroller. First, it is made in China. Second, what exactly do they do that is eco-friendly? The endangered species line donate $5 (wow… note my sarcasm) for each stroller sold- advice, buy a stroller for your needs and then donate $5 yourself. Ok, let’s continue- they offer to recycle their or any other brands stroller, yet listen to this quote on their site “To ensure the safety of our products, none of the recycled parts are ever used to refurbish or create new Baby Planet strollers”. I do give them credit for helping you find where you can donate your used stroller, but don’t expect them to do it for you. So after all this, why should you buy this stroller? Well, they are at least trying. Even though I feel upset that they manufacture in China and that they are misleading people saying it’s an eco-friendly stroller, they are somewhat going a direction towards trying to be eco-friendly and by buying one, you tell other companies that you care about being eco-friendly. The price is very good too, you might as well get this stroller then something else from China. If you buy one, please tell them to move production out of China and incorporate organic materials. They have a good selection and it should be easy to find one that fit all your needs.