From Home to Work: 3 Green Commute Must-Haves

Next week, my office is moving from a spot that’s easy to get to (and where parking is free) to a high-rise downtown where parking is out of the question. So I’m taking the chance to green my commute, from my transit options to my accessories. Here’s my top five list for making your journey from home to work lean and green.

To make my commute enjoyable, I allowed myself a few eco-friendly purchases. The catch? Each item had to serve a daily purpose, and fit into my home life as well as my work life. In essence, these things needed to pull double-duty. Here’s what I’ll be hopping on the bus with next week:

First up, an easy-to-carry bag that can stand up to the daily routine is every commuter's best friend. Look for something that's easy to carry, weatherproof, and functional for your needs (love pockets? Plan accordingly). For a lightweight, durable option check out the Timbuk2 Hidden Messenger, $30. We also like the all-weather, computer-ready D-Lux Laptop Messenger, $120, which can be recycled once you're in need of an upgrade. And of course, there are countless other options out there, from hand-made to high-end, that would make for a perfect commuting companion.

Next, food transportation. After much research, I opted for a slim-line, BPA-free, made-in-America lunch box. While I love my glass lunch containers, commuting requires something a lot lighter that would easily fit into a trimmer bag. The solution needed to be easy to clean, too, for everyday use. I've been tremendously happy with the Laptop Lunchbox Bento kits 2.0. I’ve been trying it out for a couple of weeks now and love it. It’s light-weight, easy to compartmentalize, and makes my lunches more enjoyable than before because of the variety. I love the portion-control aspect, not to mention I’ve have found the containers easy to care for and swap out from day to day.

To compliment that, I found a smaller (albeit glass) water bottle that would fit neatly into my bag. After pining after the Lifefactory bottles for quite some time, I bought one and after a week of constant use, I'm happy to report it's easy to clean, easy to carry, and the slimmer Lifefactory 16-ounce model, $19.99, fits perfectly into a commute-friendly bag.

Add a bus pass and an iPhone stocked with great apps to make my time on the bus productive, and I'm set.

Have any commuter-friendly items you'd recommend? Do share!

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