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13 Eco-Friendly Back-To-School Supplies for a Sustainable School Year
Posted By Lori Zimmer On September 1, 2011 @ 7:02 pm In back to school,carousel showcase,Features,Recycled Materials,Solar Power | 1 Comment
The plastic and vinyl commonly used in school binders are often not recyclable, but did you also know that they release dioxins during production? Thankfully there are Naked Binders, which are free of plastics, vinyl or toxins, are made from 100% post consumer waste, and are 100% recyclable . Made in the USA, the Naked collection has everything students need to keep organized and green from the start of the school year to the finish!
Behance’s Action Method system is determined to get even the most chaotic of minds organized. Their line of journals, notebooks , and calendars have been a favorite of creative professionals world wide — the 2008 TED Conference even featured a limited edition Action Book! The suede-t0-touch cover is packed with 30% post-consumer recycled paper, and a color-coded grid system helps you streamline your thoughts and plans.
Moleskine notebooks have always been a stylish favorite for notebooks and planners. Ecosystem brightens up the classic notebook  with their 100% recycled paper journals. Available in bright rainbow colors, the company has already saved thousands of trees, water, and prevented greenhouse gases with their notebooks that feature a trackable ID number, enabling consumers to not only see its origins, but learn how to recycle them post-use.
Jot down all your brilliant thoughts with TreeSmarts’ awesome pencils. Made from rolled recycled newspapers, TreeSmarts pencils are a great way to keep with old school writing materials, all while being eco-conscious.
Organization is also important at home. A desk organizer keeps supplies handy and ready to use. This Recycled Cotton Desk Organizer from Bambeco looks like leather but is actually made from salvaged cotton from the apparel industry. The journal, note holder, pencil cup, magazine holder, mail sorter and business card rest will keep your home study area  in check.
A high-speed laptop  is a staple for students of all ages, and the HP Pavilion dv6t series is top of the line. A qualified Energy Star device, the dv6t has an incredible smart SimplePass fingerprint reader – no passwords necessary! The super-fast processor also has an HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive, which locks in your data should you drop your laptop on your way to class!
You can save a bundle by bringing your lunch to school. But note: brown bags are out, and reusable lunch bags and boxes are in! Kids especially will love the dogs and birds on these bags, and you will love the machine washable 100% organic cotton, and removable rinsable liner.
Lunchboxes aren’t just for the kids. The Lunchopolis set comes with four stackable containers , a reusable bottle, and fits inside an insulated top-handled pack. It works just as well in the break room as it does the school cafeteria.
You can lug your notebooks, binders and pencils to class in style, with a recycled backpack or messenger bag. The PETE Backpack is made from recycled plastic, and comes in red, blue or black, with convenient pockets for laptops and supplies.
If messenger bag style is more your thing, show your love for New York with this bag  that is made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. A silhouette of the Brooklyn Bridge is emblazoned in a faux-stencil across the flap.
You an also go for the Pike messenger bag , made from upcycled inner-tubes, with a recycled seatbelt shoulder strap. This bicyclist favorite also has reflective safety tape and adjustable straps to keep your belongings secure when you’re on the go.
Who would’ve thought that toting your school books could gain you more talk time on your cell phone? The Voltaic Solar BackPack soaks up rays while you’re studying in the Quad, which can convert to serious charge time for your devices. Your lunch hour outside can charge your cell up to 4 Watts, or 3 hours of talk time. The solar panel  also opens up to reveal the perfect pen organization pocket.
With our featured products, you’re sure to start the school  year off right: organized, charged and of course eco-conscious! Be sure to stay tuned on how you can nab some of these green goods in our giveaway for yourself – or for that special student in your life!
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 back to school: http://inhabitat.com/7-green-back-to-school-styles-for-the-preppy-at-heart/
 we're giving away a whole slew of these green goodies in our back to school contest!: http://inhabitat.com/back-to-school-giveaway-enter-to-win-a-hp-pavilion-dv6-laptop-and-green-prize-package-worth-1155/
 Naked Binder – $7-$16 at Naked Binder: http://nakedbinder.com/
 ecosystem Notebooks – $10.95 at ecosystem: http://ecosystemlife.com/products/
 7 Piece Recycled Cotton Desk Organizer – $105 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Office-Accessories/Bambeco-Recycled-Cotton-Desk-Organizer-7pc.asp
 HP Pavilion dv6t Series – starting at $599.99 at HP: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/series/category/notebooks/dv6t_series/3/computer_store?aoid=35252
 Cotton Lunch Bags – $19 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Storage/Bambeco-Doggy-Lunch-Bag.asp
 Lunchopolis Insulated Lunch Set $31.95 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Storage/Bambeco-Lunchbox-Set-Pink.asp
 NYC Recycled Messenger Bag – $47 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Bags-and-Cases/Engage-Green-NYC-Messenger-Bag.asp
 Voltaic Solar Backpack – $199 at Voltaic: http://www.voltaicsystems.com/
 100% recyclable: http://inhabitat.com/hug-it-forward-bottle-school/
 notebooks: http://inhabitat.com/notebook-made-of-old-circuit-boards-is-perfect-for-back-to-school/
 Behance Action Line – $5 and up from Creatives Outfitter: http://www.creativesoutfitter.com/
 brightens up the classic notebook: http://inhabitat.com/ecosystem-100-recycled-paper-notebooks-in-vibrant-colors/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/13-eco-friendly-back-to-school-supplies-for-a-sustainable-school-year/pencils_length_medium2-2-2/
 TreeSmart Recycled Newspaper Pencils – $8 for 12 at TreeSmart: http://www.treesmart.com/
 home study area: http://inhabitat.com/the-k-workstation-is-an-awesome-shelf-desk-hideaway-built-from-bamboo/
 laptop: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-solar-powered-luce-laptop-is-light-as-air/
 bring your favorite dishes to the office: http://www.inhabitots.com/graze-organic-lunch-totes-are-practical-and-pretty/
 Aladdin Lunch Set – $24 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Storage/Aladdin-Aladdin-Lunch-Set-Ocean.asp
 stackable containers: http://www.inhabitots.com/green-review-planetbox-lunch-box/
 backpack : http://www.inhabitots.com/cardboard-teddy-bag-backpack-converts-to-a-desk/
 PETE Backpack – $49 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Bags-and-Cases/Engage-Green-PETE-Backpack.asp
 bag: http://inhabitat.com/london-based-sleeping-bags-turns-old-bed-linens-into-beautiful-tote-bags/
 messenger bag: http://inhabitat.com/backpacks-for-kids-get-your-child-and-a-child-in-need-ready-for-school/
 Pike Messenger Bag – $129 at Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Bags-and-Cases/Alchemy-Goods-Pike-Messenger-Bag.asp
 solar panel: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-transformer-robot-is-our-kind-of-autobot/
 school: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-green-roofed-marcel-sembat-school-completed-in-france/
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