Choosing your baby's first stroller can be a daunting task. There are oodles and oodles of brands, types, features, and models to consider before you make the big purchase. That's why we've narrowed down the options for you, bringing you our list of the top eight strollers for chauffeuring green babies from here to there. While a 100 percent green stroller doesn't exist, we found several companies that are doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle through more sustainable stroller designs. Ultimately, the best thing you can do for the planet when choosing a stroller is to buy one that you'll like for years, and one that will last for years too -- no pressure! Take a look at our favorites, and if possible, test drive a few before you make your final decision.
Phil & Ted’s Vibe 2
Talk about a stroller with a long life! Phil & Ted’s Vibe 2 can be converted six different ways to accommodate one or two children from birth all the way on up to 6 years old. The stroller can be used with either a car seat or a bassinet for newborns, and the three-wheeled design helps maintain a smooth ride no matter what type of terrain you’re moving across. In addition, Phil & Ted’s recycles strollers through the Buggies for Good program. The company takes back used Phil & Ted’s and Mountain Buggy strollers, and then repairs, refurbishes and cleans them before donating them to a family in need.
When Bugaboo first came on to the stroller scene about 10 years ago, they changed the stroller market forever — and in such a good way. Our editor Jill has nothing but glowing comments and rave reviews about her Bugaboo Cameleon. When your baby is a newborn, you’ll use the bassinet, which is also a perfect spot for little ones to snooze. Once your baby can sit up, he’ll ride in the seat. Because the seat flips with an easy adjustment, you can decide if you want your tot to face you or the world as you stroll.
Since we love the Bugaboo Cameleon so much, we’re really looking forward to their latest brilliant creation. The Bugaboo designers are taking the next step to introduce a truly, fully-functioning stroller that grows with your family — you can buy this stroller when you have your first child, and you can keep using it when you have your second. With an easy three-click expansion, it converts from a single stroller to a double stroller to create the narrowest luxury side-by-side double on the market, which means you won’t feel like you’re taking over the entire sidewalk. And if you have twins, well, you’ll need a solution for two right away.
+ Donkey coming soon in Spring 2011
Even if you think you’ll only ever buy one stroller, there will probably come a time when you realize the benefits of owning a lightweight umbrella stroller too. But don’t just buy any umbrella stroller you find. It’s worth spending the extra bucks to ensure yours will last for years. Our editor Jill loves the Maclaren Triumph. It folds up compactly and at just over 11 pounds it won’t weigh you down, whether you’re trekking through airports, up and down subway stairs, or around your local farmer’s market. You can also trust Maclaren to deliver a stroller built to last, with a sturdy frame and wheels that can go the distance.
Baby Planet Endangered Species Lightweight Stroller
If you’re looking for a simple lightweight stroller that’s easy to travel with, Baby Planet’s Endangered Species strollers weigh in at 16 pounds each, and the line is designed in honor of endangered species — the giant panda, monarch butterfly and lemur leaf frog. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. Baby Planet also does their part with a stroller recycling program. They help you donate your stroller (any brand!) to families in need, which keeps them out of landfills and your basement! Note: You can’t use this stroller from birth, so you’ll need another option. Since the seat doesn’t fold completely flat, you can’t start using this stroller until your baby is 1 month old.
The Oragami stroller wins by leaps and bounds in the techie stroller category. A generator in the rear wheels charges the stroller as you go. With that energy the Oragami can fold all on its own with the touch of one button (don’t worry sensors won’t let it fold up with your baby inside). It can also charge your phone and power speakers, an LCD monitor with a pedometer and speedometer, and daytime lights. Aside from it’s super cool suped-up qualities, which are all mom-inspired by the way, this stroller also has all of the basic features and functionality of a full-size stroller.
It’s not hard to see why the UPPAbaby VISTA is included on “best of” stroller lists time and time again. The deluxe full-size stroller has all of the features and high-quality functionality parents need, and it can convert to accommodate either a bassinet or toddler seat (both included) so it grows with your child from birth to 50 pounds. The bassinet is lined with an organic soybean fiber and cotton. Plus, the company as a whole is as green-minded as you are. UPPAbaby recycles materials from old strollers, donates used strollers to charity, has an eco-friendly office, maintains shipping centers on both coasts to cut down on shipping fuel costs, and recently partnered with Healthy Child Healthy World to help educate parents. If you’re looking for a simple lightweight stroller, we’re also impressed by their featherweight 8.3 pound G-LiTE stroller.
Orbit Baby Stroller Travel System G2
Travel systems (stroller + car seat combo) are a good solution for parents who get from here to there in a car — especially during the first 6 months. You can easily transfer your baby from stroller to car to home without ever moving or waking him. The unique thing about the Orbit Baby stroller is that the car seat base “orbits” or rotates 360 degrees, which means your baby can face any direction you like on the stroller, and the feature can help you get your baby into the car easily too. Plus, the included eco-friendly car seat is the only one on the market that’s made with fabrics and foam certified safe by Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and it meets safe flame retardancy standards without potentially harmful PBBs and PBDEs. Orbit Baby also offers PVC-free rain sheilds.