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Take 5: 5 Sustainable Work Bag Essentials

by Local Grit LLC on Aug 22, 2021

Transitioning back to the office doesn’t have to mean abandoning sustainable practices you’ve implemented at home. Here’s our 5 sustainable work bag essentials, because single-use is so last year.

Sustainable Work Bag

If you’re in the market for a new bag, the ethical brand Everlane has great options. Our personal favorite is the The ReNew 15 Inch Transit Backpack, which has space for your ipad, work laptop, personal laptop, lunch, water bottle, chargers, and anything else you might need to bring along for your commute. Plus, if you travel for business you’ll appreciate the added strap that secures your bag to your carry-on handle during your next transfer-flight sprint.

Reusable Cutlery

If you find yourself ordering lunch or even packing your own, it’s time to invest in a nifty reusable cutlery set that lives in your work bag. The Ocean Conservancy lists cutlery as among the items “most deadly” to sea turtles, birds, and mammals. Be part of the solution, and look cute doing it, with this compact, reusable travel flatware from Anthropologie.  

Two hands using an OLIKA Charcoal Hand Sanitizer spray

Refillable Hand Sanitizer

No one does sustainable, refillable hand sanitizer like OLIKA. Available in 5 essential oil fragrances + fragrance-free, OLIKA’s hydrating hand sanitizer is formulated with aloe + glycerin so you’re never left with dry, cracked hands. Spritz up before lunch, meetings, or after elevator rides to make sure you’re always putting your best hand forward. Available in a clip-on keychain or larger spray bottle


Packing your own snacks at home can help reduce the single-use plastic waste of individually packaged snacks. Stasher bags, a reusable silicone alternative to zip-lock bags, will quickly become a staple in your work bag. 

Collapsible Coffee Cup

Whether you’re drinking 1 cup or 4 cups a day, make your coffee habit a bit more sustainable with a collapsable Stojo coffee cup. The best part? Stojo cups are dishwasher safe!

What are your favorite on-the-go sustainable items? Tell us over on our Instagram!

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