Eco-friendly Strollers

As new age parents learn about supporting the environment when purchasing household items, it has sparked the trend of Eco friendly strollers.

There’s not as vast of a selection as there should be, but a few companies are emerging as leaders in producing non-toxic strollers for babies and toddlers. These two companies are recognizable for their quality product as well as their initiative in providing a toxic free environment for your baby.

Strollers are going green

Maclaren Strollers
This international company is dedicated to their corporate social policy (CSR), as one of their major concerns is responsible manufacturing. They use recyclable materials as much as possible as well as restricting chemical compounds that harm the environment such as phthalates, lead, PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which have been eliminated from all their products. Maclaren strollers are well known for their durable products, which is a big indication that they want their products to last for years to come to minimize the frequency of going to the landfills each year.

Orbit Baby
Orbit Baby is the first company to use foams and fabrics certified safe by
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
for their strollers and car seats. It’s an international standard that sets limits on close to 200 potentially harmful substances and chemicals.

By making sure the fabric that your child is in contact with is healthy for them, it also lends a big hand to the environment by avoiding the usage of harmful chemicals. Their innovative strollers are highly recommended by parents as they are convenient to be used with a compact one-hand fold technology, and the only car seat and stroller to rotate 360 degrees for your child to have a front rear and side views on a stroll.

Reuse or Recycle Strollers

Quality strollers usually last for years to come, so it’s no surprise that some parents wouldn’t mind to save a fraction of the price for a used product.

There are some precautions to take when searching for a “pre-owned” stroller. The first and foremost is to check the stroller yourself to see the condition of it, if there’s any rips of the fabric, sturdiness of the frame and if there are any protruding edges. Also ask for the stroller’s original instruction manual as you want to learn how to use the product safely.

Finally, it never hurts to check the up-to-date safety standards from ASTM and recall items from CPSC. If you would like to donate your good-condition stroller, simply pass it to a friend or to an organization that would collect them. And if the stroller is no longer usable, contact a local recycling facility to see if they would collect the aluminum frame.

How are YOU making sure your strollers are green?

Written by guest contributor Joanna, a freelance writer that dotes on family values and environmental issues.

3 Responses to Eco-friendly Strollers
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    July 30, 2011 | 8:01 am

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  3. Tracy Geier
    August 1, 2011 | 12:03 am

    I just commented to my other half yesterday how nice it is to see more people shopping at second-hand and thrift stores or swapping/selling their slightly used items via Craigslist, etc. Most of it is out of financial necessity, but it is recycling and reducing at its best. Works for baby products, too as long as they are not recalled or damaged.

    The company I work for pays cash for used CDs, DVDs, Video Games and books, giving everyone a chance to recycle and reuse, since we then sell the used items online to new owners looking for those products. A win-win!