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Sustainable commute - 10 ideas to get to work more environmentally friendly

What does a sustainable commute actually look like? And how can I make sure I get to work in a more environmentally friendly way? If these questions are on your mind, then you've come to the right place. Exhaust gases that lead to air pollution and to the climate change contribute, congested roads, traffic jams and stress. And all that before the workday has even started. You'd probably love to avoid all that and still save your Reduce ecological footprint.

In this article, I would therefore like to show you how you can get to work in the most environmentally friendly way possible in the future. Let's go!

1. use public transportation

How can you make your own commute more sustainable? By using the means of transport that would also travel without you! Of course, this tip is not feasible for everyone. But if you Bus, streetcar or underground and suburban train in your vicinity, you can usually get to your workplace quite quickly, safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Notice: Some people also fly to work by plane. Even though it's a means of public transportation, it's obviously not one of the environmentally friendly "Öffi's". If your job requires daily flights, it is simply not sustainable.

2. ride your bike

Ride a bike to work

The Cycling is healthy, cheap, flexible, space saving and apart from the production also climate-friendly. So if you have the opportunity, be sure to get on your bike more often. This is certainly one of the most important tips for a sustainable commute.

3. keep distance between home and workplace as short as possible

This tip says itself quite easily - but is quite difficult to implement in times of housing shortage in the cities and job shortage in wide, rural regions. But if, for example, you're at a Move or Change of job If you have the opportunity and a sustainable commute is important to you, you can use it to keep the distance between your home and your workplace as short as possible. This circumstance also opens up the possibility of cycling to work.


A short commute opens up the opportunity for arguably the most sustainable way to get to work: the Walk on foot! No exhaust fumes, no CO2 emissions, no traffic jams and at the same time also much movement. If you have the opportunity to walk to work, then you should definitely take it.

5. carpool

Are you dependent on your car for your commute? Then you should not sit alone in the car, so that the CO2 emissions for your journeys to and from work distributed over as many shoulders as possible. Maybe you know colleagues who ask for a similar route every day. It's also worth checking out your company's intranet. In the end, carpooling makes the commute more sustainable - and it also promotes cooperation among each other.

6. try to avoid the rush hours

Sustainable commute without peak traffic times

Maybe your boss or employer is relatively lax about the exact hours you work. In that case, you can also try driving there and back during off-peak hours with congested roads. By less stop-and-go traffic you reduce the consumption of your car and at the same time avoid unwanted stress.

7. drive your car as sustainably as possible

If you have to drive for lack of alternatives, you don't have a "general excuse" for not paying attention to a sustainable commute now. Rather, you can, for example, use a Electric car prefer without CO2 emissions during use, Carpools form driving with foresight, the car during idle times of turn off more than 10 seconds, upshift early enough, the Check tire pressure and optimize or Reduce the weight of your car. There really is a cornucopia of ways to drive a car more sustainably!

8. offer carpooling

You have a longer way to work and have to drive? Then you can save your trips with Carpooling portals like and specify through this sustainable behavior also save money or collect. Anyone who also wants to travel to your destination will pay a small, fair amount for you to take them along. Of course, you can also use the offers of other drivers yourself!

By the way, experience shows that carpooling can create long-term carpools and even friendships! A really valuable tip for sustainable commuting!

9. reduce power guzzlers in the car

Air conditioner, Alternator, Radio or Rear window heating are very good examples of real power guzzlers in your own car. Air conditioning alone can increase fuel consumption by up to 30 percent in city traffic!₁ Instead, roll down the window when you want to change the temperature in the car. Simply search for unnecessary power guzzlers to reduce your car's consumption to a minimum.

10. try to avoid the commute more often

Extremely sustainable commute through home office

The most sustainable commute is certainly the one that doesn't happen in the first place. That doesn't mean that you now have to change your Quit job but rather that you should work from home more often if possible. Because that Home office is usually more sustainable, because the CO2 emissions for the journey are not incurred at all. The Corona pandemic has certainly opened the eyes of many bosses and employers and shown that one can also Work effectively in the home office can. Of course, not every job allows you to work from home, but if you do, don't be afraid to raise the issue with your boss. In the end, it's not only more environmentally friendly, but also saves you time and money. Even 1-2 days of home office in the week make your "working ways" then already significantly more sustainable.

Tip: Also feel free to take a look at my post about the Lessons from the Corona pandemicthat we should all draw.

Sustainable commute? No problem at all!

Whether in the country or in the city, whether short or long, whether office or construction site: I believe that there is some potential for optimization in terms of sustainability for every commute. You don't have to ride your bike every day. Even 1-2 days a week with a more environmentally friendly means of transport already make a difference!

We've talked a lot now about getting to work. But what about the job itself? Feel free to look at the sustainable job portal atIf you are eager for a change and would like to pursue a profession with added value for you, society and our planet.

Do you have any suggestions for sustainable commuting? Then feel free to write me your questions, experiences and tips in the comments.

Stay sustainable,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: Did you know that you can use your Offset CO2 emissions can? How this works, you will now learn in the linked article!

₁ German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE): Climate-conscious driving. [25.08.2019].

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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