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Edited by on April 18 2011 at 3:28 PM

In New York City, or any big city for that matter, it is impractical to drive a car around every day. Congratulations, you are being green by default! But even in cities where the public transportation isn’t quite as convenient, ditching your car during Earth Month is an eco-friendly alternative to getting around. If you’re reluctant to get on the bus or subway because you’re afraid of everyone’s nasty germs floating around, not to fear. FashionIndie is going to tell you how to stylishly stay disease-free on public transportation so both you and the Earth can breathe a sigh of relief.

How to Stylishly Stay Disease Free on Public Transportation

1. Wear a jazzy surgical mask. Remember when swine flu was all the rage? Everywhere you looked, someone(s) was wearing a surgical mask. These are ugly and sterile, no pun intended. Spice up your look while protecting your immune system with gemstones, colorful patterns or even a different mouth. Samira Boon created her masks because she was tired of seeing the the dreary white variety everywhere. You can be a tiger, gorilla or zipped-lip by snagging one at the Hara Museum Online Shop. The Etsy shop Cheap Champagne offers ruffles and plaids if you want a girlie feel.

How to Stylishly Stay Disease Free on Public Transportation


2. Lady gloves keep germs at bay. A lady should never leave her house without gloves, how rude! These dandy little dress gloves keep scum from penetrating your precious dermis. Remove them and voila!, it’s like public transportation never happened. Forzieri White Flowered Lace Gloves, Burberry Studded Leather Gloves and Prada Vernice Gloves are all fabulous options.

How to Stylishly Stay Disease Free on Public Transportation


3. Keep hand sanitizer with you at ALL TIMES. Don’t even think about re-applying lip gloss without getting subway grime off your fingers first. Have one in your bag for easy grabbing and another on your desk so you can sanitize before touching your keyboard. Hugo Naturals Travel Size French Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer fits inside any bag and Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer cleanses hands while keeping them moisturized.

How to Stylishly Stay Disease Free on Public Transportation


How do you keep germs at bay on public transportation?

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.

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