With so many of us now walking or cycling into work – or just to the shops – there's a new set of items we need to think about. Comfort and practicality is king here. Plus of course, whilst we're going green by ditching the car or public transport, our gear all needs to be eco friendly and sustainable too. So here are our top vegan Conscious Commuter essentials.
1. Rain or Shine
As you're walking or cycling around when the weather turns rainy, this On Good Authority vegan and sustainable raincoat is going to be your best friend! This sustainable jacket is made from recycled waste plastics, using a non-toxic water repellent, and it's produced in an ethical factory. When the weather gets cooler, We recommend layering it with an organic cotton hoodie and a warm scarf.
2. Bag It Up
Your laptop, your keys, your phone, your snacks – your life! It needs a good backpack, and we've got plenty of vegan backpacks here.
If you are an eco-conscious city bee, you have to check out BOITA. We love their Limited Edition eco vegan work bag that can be worn as a backpack for your commute, or carried like a briefcase for when you really mean business. Each vegan backpack recycles 15 plastic bottles, saves 22 balloons of CO2 and filters 234 litres of clean water back to the environment.
The collection by Fablou is great for wetter weather, as it's made of eco-friendly silicone, which makes it waterproof too, and it comes in lots of colours.
3. Keep the Change
We all love pockets, and in the city some people love to pick them too. That's why we like keeping our change, card and keys close to us in Watson & Wolfe vegan wallets. Our Co-Founder Simon – who loves practical and stylish accessories – is a big fan of this Watson & Wolfe vegan zip key chain purse. It's handmade with premium quality vegan leather, of which 50% is made from renewable plant-based oils, and lined with 100% recycled plastic bottles.
4. One of Your Five a Day
City pace can be very demanding and we all try our best to stay healthy – make sure you get your veggies in! But have you ever thought that a humble apple could also start a fashion revolution? Our latest favourite comes from Good Guys Don't Wear Leather.
We think animal leather is outdated and boring, besides having a horrendous environmental impact – read more here. That's why we absolutely adore these Apple Skin Leather vegan Blaze ankle boots. The leather-like material is made using apple skin and core waste recovered from the food industry so they're incredibly sustainable too.
5. No More Single Use
One small change all of us can easily make, that has an immediate impact, is to ditch single use plastic water and drink bottles. We all carry our Drink Big bottles around everywhere – they hold a really good amount of liquid, plus they're insulated which means they keep cold drinks cold and warm drinks and soups hot for at least 12 hours. They're made from stainless steel, all their packaging is recycled cardboard and paper, and they're CO2 neutral, which makes us feel pretty good. Plus they're super stylish too!
6. Always Handy
We're now used to sanitising our hands every time we touch something. But we really don't like hard chemicals or nasty synthetic fragrances thanks very much. So we love this Lemon & Black Pepper vegan hand sanitiser by Nourish London. It contains 65% alcohol plus antibacterial essential oils of lemon, ho leaf and invigorating black pepper to sanitise your hands on the go leaving them clean and gently fragranced. See more hand care here.
7. Kiss Chapped Lips Goodbye
You are flying through the day, moving between inside and outside, you forget to eat, and hydration seems overrated. But your skin will disagree! So, the least we can do for it is to carry a trustworthy vegan lip balm from Clockface Beauty. See more lip care here.
For more inspiration, take a look at our exclusive all-vegan Conscious Commuter Edit.
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