A Greentom Upp review..We’ve been testing out the Greentom Upp Classic Eco stroller, the world’s most environmentally friendly buggy. So do the green credentials match up to the job in hand, and is it a viable alternative to the traditional pram? Here’s our Greentom Upp review….
Made of recycled bottles – 53, to be precise – with an environmentally-friendly sustainable design you can recycle once you’re out of the baby days, the Greentom Upp is a very green stroller.
I was excited to be offered one for review as it sounded great, and covers issues that are increasingly important to lots of parents. Things like cloth nappies are becoming more common, so why not go green with your pram?
We made a little Greentom Upp unboxing video which you can see here:
Things we liked about the Greentom Upp:
- We loved the eco credentials which are very appealing and refreshing. Why aren’t more baby products made along similar lines?
- It wins bonus points for coming in simple packaging without hundreds of additional boxes and bags. There’s so much stuff and waste involved with children and everything that comes with them so anything you can do to minimalise this is great
- It was also really easy to put together, even in the company of two small children and Elsa, see above video
- In use the pram is light and easy to push. It handles really well
- The seat is really deep and seems very comfortable. There’s also a nifty recline system which is a bonus.
Things about the Greentom stroller that aren’t so great…
- Despite being an eco design created on a ‘less is more’ philosophy, the pram is somewhat wide and the frame does seem overley plastic and chunky
- It is lightweight and stands up when folded, but it’s not particularly portable – we didn’t find an easy way to carry it when folded down (as opposed to say the Bugaboo Bee where you use the handle over your shoulder, or on an umbrella fold where you can carry it on your shoulder or back). So it’s not ideal for poublic transport
- There’s no suspension, which isn’t unusual for this type of pram and apparently the frame is designed to withstand shock. However, I have found on more than a couple of occasions that the front wheels have got stuck mid-push on curbs or bumps in the path and I’ve nearly tipped the pram up over the top
- It doesn’t come with a raincover which seems strange considering it retails at around £160 so isn’t a budget option
- I know there’s more to prams than the shopping basket, but it’s something you use a lot. And the basket on the Greentom Upp is tiny (it’s basically a shelf with a small lip). You definitely can’t fit the change bag in there, or bags of shopping, or anything at all really. For such an eco-focused pram it makes it much less useful to take out to well, most places.
There’s lots of good things about this pram that we found out when testing for our Greentom Upp review, but I think the biggest roadblock I found with this particular design is the actual design itself. Most parents I know start with the bigger pram / travel system them move on to a lightweight umbrella fold later on. This design is somewhere in the middle – it’s for the older child but then it’s bigger than and much less portable than your average Maclaren – so I’m not sure how useful it is and how much use you’d get out of it.
If eco credentials are a huge factor at the toddler age and stage then buying a second or third-hand lightweight umbrella fold might be a better option. There are two other designs from Greentom that are more suitable for newborns, which might be worth investigating if you’re looking to buy a first pram.