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BACK TO SCHOOL CONTEST: Win An Awesome Solar Book Bag!

by , 08/25/09

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Get ready for school with our back-to-school green giveaway contest!

Fall is just around the corner, and students everywhere are getting ready to go back to school. To get into the autumnal school spirit and help our readers green their back-to-school regime, we’re running a contest on this site to give away an AWESOME solar powered bag by NoonSolar, stuffed with eco-friendly back-to-school goodies like recycled paper notebooks, erasers and pencils. Our back-to-school goody bag is worth over $500, and it’s a really sweet prize that can be all yours, if you enter our contest. Here’s how:

1. Sign up for the Inhabitat newsletter >

2. Sign up to follow us on Twitter and Facebook

3. Await instructions, which will be emailed out to all of our subscribers on Wednesday August 26th.

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FIRST PRIZE

The grand prize winner of our competition will win an eco-chic Noon Solar book bag stuffed with an assortment of eco-friendly school supplies including an awesome back-to school bundle from New Leaf Paper in addition to eco-friendly pencils, pens, and notebooks donated by Green Depot. These eco-chic bags are perfect for keeping laptops, cellphones, ipods, and other gadgets charged while on the go, and they’re made from sustainable materials including hand-dyed hemp and vegetable-tanned leathers. We’re offering your choice of a rust hued Augusta Tote (worth $412) or an all black Sawyer bag (worth $497).

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RUNNERS UP

Five runner-ups will receive an Inhabitat T-shirt (or tote bag) of your choice. Made from soft organic cotton and printed using eco-friendly water-based inks, they’re just the thing for hitting the books in style.

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  1. jdgrai September 3, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Inhabitat,
    Its interesting that you want us to write about how we “NEED” this bag. We tend to have everything that we need, specially if we can afford to go to school. Now on the other hand we as a collective society definitely need to be more proactive on saving the environment. With that said these bags are a great way to help us do that.

    I’m going to write a short bit on why I “WANT” this bag. I try to be as green as possible within my financial constraints. Here are my two most significant green endeavors I have accomplished in the last two years. The first was I hand built a hydrogen generator for my fathers truck because I hated how the truck got such low gas mileage. And the second is still a work in progress. I bought a VW Golf TDI (diesel) and I’m saving up for the vegetable oil conversion kit.

    I try to spread the word about green living through my words and more importantly through my actions. This bag will not only give my friends another reason to role their eyes but more importantly it will hopefully get people to take me more seriously when I talk about being green.

    Thank you for your time,
    ~ Joshua

  2. eleniloc September 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Because noonsolar bag will brighten my days!

  3. robysax September 3, 2009 at 6:27 am

    How could I go through my last academic year in architecture without this powerful solar energy amazing bag???? I need it to survive!!!!

  4. fiqqih September 3, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Solar is rock!!!
    it’s time to be a gentleman to the nature and the life..

  5. rhedhaering September 3, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I wish I didn’t need a bag. How free it would feel to be wild again with nothing to carry.
    I wish I didn’t need electricity. I want to spend more time with starlight and fire, friends, and things that are simple.
    I wish we didn’t need to fight for the environment. I dream of a world full of thriving animals, expanding forests, pure water, clean air and humble humans.

    But I accept that we are human. Our parents and our ancestors were flawed as we are flawed. They achieved many things, but it is our job to repair our piece of the world we have inherited. Perhaps they did not understand, but WE understand. This fight matters. And ignorance is perfectly curable.

    I live in Los Angeles, and I’m a children’s book writer planning to go to forestry school. I promise to put every Prada and Louis Vuitton bag in LA to shame with the inner beauty of this solar bag. And furthermore, I will put the recycled notebooks to good use telling stories and teaching young people to love and care for the earth, and to fight for what they believe in.

    Thanks for all that you do!

  6. Jwilliam376 September 3, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I need this solar book bag because what do I do when I’m in the middle of where I need to be and where I came from and I notice that my gadgets are running low on that electrical juice. I don’t have $500 so now my only options are to disconnect from the world and watch them die while my frustration increases and depletes my happy feelings.

  7. rhedhaering September 3, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I vote for Arvilgon! Great answer! :)

  8. carpetvermin1 September 3, 2009 at 12:51 am

    My future is so bright I need those solar panels to absorb the energy.

  9. eleniloc September 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Because noonsolar bag may brighten my days!

  10. Snowflake September 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    This is the last ransom note that will be sent. She says she is a Snowflake in Hell.

    signed
    bad electrical wire gang

  11. Merushka September 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Buffalo during the winter is desolate snow filled hell. However cold though, there is sunlight a plenty. I would take full advantage of this. Not only that, at UB there are no places to plug in your laptop…literally the outlets are up near the ceiling! Mostly I want the bag because could bring it when I study abroad for my international relations major. Not only could I show off my green beliefs her in the US, but abroad.

  12. urlamaka September 2, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Because I run a green maid service and I’m finally getting ready to go back to School :)

    Karen

  13. graphics87 September 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I need this bag for multiple reasons:

    1. The first and for most reason is I am developing a green eco campaign for my senior graphic design project in college.
    2. This would emphasize how passionate I am about going green in all ways possible if I wear the bag on a daily basis. This way I can prove that I walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
    3. If I win I will not only wear the bag, but being that I am on campus I can promote the bag just by wearing it. I mean what better place is there to advertise a energy efficient product than on a campus full of all ages, incomes, races, and cultures.
    4. I simply just need the bag to better out environment. Rather than having to buy bags of the years and toss out old ones, I can use this one the rest of my life!

  14. simondowney September 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I literally use my gadgets for everything. (iPhone, camera, etc.)

    • School (scheduling, assignment tracking, tracking grades and calendar)
    • Parenting a 2yr Old(Lots of educational kids games on spelling, shapes, colors. also taking pictures, videos, etc)
    • Work (Managing work hours, pay schedule, etc)
    • Watching after my grandparents (They are disabled so I have to mow their lawn/shovel snow, take out trash)
    • I do volunteer IT work at the Toledo Botanical Garden (Maintaining/installing/upgrading network and PC’s)
    • Finding bus schedules, office numbers, accessing maps, etc

    I’m ADHD, so I have to force myself to stay organized. Thats where my iPhone and an app called iStudiez Pro comes in. It’s amazing app that helps me stay organized with all of my classes, grades, homework and exams. It also kills my battery. Half a day goes by and my phone is dying.

    Besides that, I’ve had health (Chronic Kidney stones, Crohns Disease, and a few other fun ailments) and money problems that have forced my family (my gf, daughter and myself) to move in with my mom, so being broke I’d have no way to get one of these myself. I’m using the same bookbag I had in high school nearly 10 years ago, which sucks pretty bad. It’s humiliating carrying a bag as old and janky as I have. This NoonSolar bag is awesome! And I would carry it like a frakking trophy.

    I’d be helping myself and the environment… Double Win!

    I would use the heck out of this bag, but I would be more than happy with just a shirt. Kind of feel like I need a break somewhere right now. :\

    Regardless, good luck to everyone and congrats to the winners!

    Fingeres crossed!
    Simon Downey

  15. semma88 September 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Solar energy is the future and safe and designed beautifully. Why go any other way…

  16. greengirl12 September 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I need this bag for a few reasons:
    1: I’ve seen alot of enviormental green tips that I can do around the house and what better way to help the enviroment then with a solar power bag.
    2: I could use this bookbag for almost the rest of my life and it wouldn’t be wasteful because I wouldn’t have to keep buying bookbags.
    3: I would be helping planet earth and I would even let other people charge thing with my bag.

  17. Dlynch September 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The Noon Solar bag is Eco-efficient and has an Environmentally friendly design; It will help me set the foundation and example for my daughter that lessening our carbon footprint can be a team effort that starts with us and last for generations to come. I would carry my Noon Solar powered bag utilizing it for my lap top, cell phone and other gadgets, providing an example that technology and nature can thrive together giving birth to great usable products. I would divvy up the school supplies between us so that she can see all the uses that sustainable material can have in her everyday life and I would instill the message in her that you can be Eco friendly and Extravagant all in the same breath.
    And everyday we carry and utilize our great prizes from Inhabitat’s back to school sweep-stake we would be saying THANK YOU INHABITAT FOR HELPING US STAY GREEN!!!!!

  18. chase.carlton September 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I NEED this bag for two reasons:
    First, I am an engineering student with a focus on renewable technologies.
    Second, I live in an off-grid yurt(theyurtproject.com) that I built out of recycled materials, and this would be the best way to charge my phone and PDA.

  19. lammie September 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I need the NoonSolar bag because what better way is there to show some love for our dear Planet Earth! I bring a million gadgets ranging from ipod to cameras to laptops to school and this bag is the perfect way for me to do my bit for our environment. I will use the NoonSolar bag to show and remind everyone that we all have to do our part to save our environment. GO GREEN!

  20. nQuo September 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The fashionista does a double-take.
    The environmentalist glows green.
    The aesthete beams with the solar beams.
    The gadget geek thinks you’re hot.
    The designer is inspired.

    The student studies all of this, beams back, walks on.

  21. joelfiasco September 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I need the bag or the planet will die. I’m humanity’s last chance. Just ask General Zod.

  22. baysideufl September 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Reason why I absolutely need a NoonSolar bag:

    First of all, I’ve always used backpacks since kindergarten, and their coolness piques around age 9. I would need to obtain an X-Men lunch box to tote, just to improve my image.

    Second, I have always been a little embarrassed by the man purse, also known as a murse (not to be confused with a male nurse, which can also be called a murse, this is not what I’m talking about). Usually, they are in a category lower than backpacks. However, this bag is nothing like a murse. It is a satchel. The difference lies in design, function, who would use them, and a general awesome factor. A murse carrier would use an embarrassing term like “super-duper” to describe their bag. I would use much better terms, such as “sweet”, “awesome” or “kick-@$$”. This satchel is useful and much more fashionable.

    Third, I am a gadget man. I always have electronics with me. Laptop, cell phone, iPod, bluetooth and depending on the day several other items. I am also a very on-the-go person, and it would be infinitely useful to be able to charge them while they’re still in the bag! I’m also lazy, so the thought of taking things out of the bag to charge them…daunting.

    Fourth, the name of the game is sustainability. I try to remember to unplug my adapters when they’re not in use, but sometimes I forget and they are left to draw phantom power while I am running around town. To be able to carry an energy source would cut down on my carbon footprint.

  23. joshsin September 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I need this Noon Solar bag so the kids at school wont tease and call me fossil fool!

  24. zoofuerte September 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Being an Android constantly requires charging my batteries. Please send the bag fast.

  25. zoofuerte September 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Being an Android constantly requires me to charge my batteries, please send the bag fast.

  26. mandro September 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I’m student of Industrial Design and i walk every day from one side to another of the city looking for materials and manufacturing to produce my prototypes and then running for get to class on time. All my classes are at night, sometimes for routine day to all my electronic devices are fully discharged and find a free electrical connection is a mission impossible, in addition to my work and study the paper becomes an indispensable tool because it is the best way to communicate an idea in seconds. This award is somewhat surprising, achieved 100% optimize my life as a designer and that could charge my electronic devices while I’m on a bus route to an appointment or university, in short totally improve my life and routine. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Mae.stevens September 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I just got a new, kick-ass job as a lobbyist at Greenpeace. Because I’m a lobbyist, I have to dress in stuffy suits while my colleagues get to chill in fair trade organic cotton Greenpeace T’s and Tom’s shoes. One of these bags would be a perfect balance: they are professional enough to take up to Capitol Hill, are great conversation starters (a major plus for a lobbyist — I’ll use every opportunity to talk about clean, renewable energy!), and would SERIOUSLY improve my street-cred back at the office. Plus, I’m always out of the office (running from Blue Dog to Blue Dog, fighting corporate lobbyists with brains instead of campaign donations) so I NEED a bag that will keep my Crackberry(tm) charged up and ready to go for all those legislative emergencies!

  28. GreenConvert September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Dearest Inhabit,

    I am a recent convert to the green way of life. I like what I see. Unfortunately I recently had an incident which I believe demands immediate attention. I was trying to load this page to view these fine solar accessories when my McAfee anti-virus software popped up and warned me of extremely high levels of yuppie. I allowed the page to load anyway and to my horror my PC briefly turned into a Mac before it exploded in a shower of soy milk and organic hand soap!

    I believe that this catastrophe merits rewarding me a sweet prize.. I await your response.

    Sincerely Yours,

    GreenConvert

  29. safesolvent September 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

    i’m a nomad wandering photographer/videographer and i’m constantly spending 5-6 and sometimes 9hr days out traveling around to locations that have anything BUT power outlets. the most important thing for me would be to be able to use the sunlight that i’m photographing in a beautiful cylcle to power the actual tools im using to work with. laptop, iPhone, flash all these end up drained within a day but with a solar panel i’d be harvesting and collecting the sun that i was chasing!

    lovely idea! that and my laptop would be fully charged by the time i was ready to start editing after sundown.

    in essence, i already use the sun in my work would be a great way to really get the most out of it!

  30. safesolvent September 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

    The bag has a look that totally compliments my “indiana jones satchel” style even tho the gear i carry inside it is anything but 1940s. I carry so many electronic devices and gear that most of the time, the weight of the bag is 50% gear 50% power cables & a/c adapters.

    as a photographer, i travel around doing alot of work remote and if by chance on my rooftop excursions i would be charging WHILE shooting instead of DRAINING that would be a huge huge thing for me.

  31. Jane September 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Form, Function and the added bonus of trending setting fashionable best describes a Noon Solar bag. It’s rare to find a product that offers so much and asks so little in return. Isn’t the greatest gift you can receive something that keeps on giving? My need for this bag is simple – to use it daily and show off its qualities to all I encounter. My quest is to turn more people into green consumers like me.

  32. manosaravanan September 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Just i want to make awareness about solar products.
    Solar energy is the future while other sources of renewable energy will be kind of complementary.
    Even though there is lot of tax reductions while using solar products I don’t know why people are not moving forward to use solar products. They see only present expenses and not consider lifetime benefits.

  33. manosaravanan September 2, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I personally interested in solar energy. Solar energy is the future while other sources of renewable energy will be kind of complementary.
    Using solar energy is very good for our earth. We are saving our earth. I heartily welcome the future to utilize more solar energy.
    This post is very interesting and also useful for me. Thanks to author……..

    Even though there is lot of tax reductions while using solar products I don’t know why people are not moving forward to use solar products. They see only present expenses and not consider lifetime benefits.

    Thanks for conducting this CONTEST.

    Twitter – manosaravanan
    Facebook – * Saravanan Manoharan

    I know you are cheating. But the way you are approaching people to follow and to be fan is impressed by me. That is y i did for you.

  34. mark carandang September 2, 2009 at 4:45 am

    As a citizen of a tropic country (Philippines), I think that the NoonSolar bag will be more efficiently utilized if ever I win this contest. Aside from that, as an information design student, I think it will really help me in bringing my gadgets to school especially since I usually have to walk long distances and ride public transportation vehicles just to get to school.

    I have been an advocate of environmentally-friendly programs since I was in first year. In fact, my thesis project for this semester is to promote organic farming and organic food in the Philippines. My tentative plan is to use sustainable materials in promoting or organic farming and organic food especially to Filipino farmers. I hope you’ll consider. it will really help me a lot.

  35. marijafbh September 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

    You were wondering why should I be the right person for this save_the_planet smart things?
    Well, as you probably have read in last 100 posts, the most of these people are architects and designers. I am too. But what makes a difference?
    I live in a small country on the Balkan Peninsula. This is the last green oasis of Europe, despite all the wars and lack of awareness about environmental conservation. In this environment every step towards education of people is important.
    This bag or shirt will not only be a part of my personal stuff, but also devices for learning. If you send a set of green goodies far from big cities where people while I write this are sorting garbage, saving electricity and a fulling battery of their electric car, you will create a small step for you but great for the planet.

    Therefore I promise that if you send these green goodies in my hands, they will travel across my country and spread the story about the preservation of the planet, respect for nature and everything that it makes every day for us.

  36. jonnycmw September 2, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I absolutely need a Noon Solar bag because it would enable me to charge my netbook which has a measly 2.5 hour battery life and with the charging bag, it would make my netbook truly portable – especially on sunny days.

    Also, it would be a great talking point with my friends and other people. It would give me a chance to try and convince others to be more green too :D. This bag is pretty much the future of bags

  37. stefelino September 2, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I absolutely NEED a new NoonSolar bag for my back to school routine, because I am a cool, stylish architecture student in SUNNY South Africa, so I definitely will make great use of it as we have SUN every day of the year!!! And with the rise of constant power outages in my city, now I’ll never be without my mobile or iPod again!!! I absolutely need so that I can show it off to my friends and finally start a new craze down here as we are slowly picking up on eco-living and starting to design “green” and by having my NoonSolar Bag it will give the opportunity to others and a constant reminder to be more conscience about our designs, and to try make all things re-usable and re-cylceable. Which will be possible as ill also be able to show off my new array of stationary that is eco-friendly notebooks and pens. And with the constant increase in price for paper, this too WILL BE awesome to have, show off and impress others!! So I defiantly will NEED that NoonSolar bag packed with assortment of eco-friendly school supplies… :D

  38. Sandrine September 2, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I signed up for the Inhabitat newsletter (ladidine1974@yahoo.fr) and signed up to follow on Twitter (Sandrinedidine) and Facebook (Sandrine Deleuze) SO this is the reason why I need to win the noon solar bag : because I’m a coming from Mars and lost my “spaceship lightyear bag” during the journey and discover humans can sometimes create eco-friendly products to protect their mother earth and would like to show it to my martians friends LOL LOL LOL

  39. auntiethesis September 2, 2009 at 2:23 am

    1) Newsletter subscriber
    2) Twitter follower (@auntiethesis), Facebook follower (Michelle Hudak)

    Once upon a time there lived a husband and wife
    All in all, they were living quite a good life
    While hubby took an interest in being eco-smart
    The wife just wasn’t living up to her part

    While he recycled, reused, and did his best to reduce
    One after the other, she came up with an excuse
    “It’s too hard” she said “to live life in the green”
    “Watching what I buy, what I use and how I clean”

    “Being eco-friendly is really a pain,
    Living life by green rules really drives me insane”
    “I can’t buy anything pretty, there’s nothing unique”
    “Sustainability, carbon footprints, to me it’s all greek”

    So they lived life together: eco-friendly, eco-not
    Sometimes they would argue about things she bought
    Until reviewing their savings, the wife got a clue
    Hubby was saving the earth and their hard-earned cash, too.

    Her interest revived and with wife going to college
    She yearns for that tote with newfound eco-knowledge
    Charging her cell and looking quite chic
    a tote that looks like it came from a boutique

    That wife is me and I’m trying my best
    I’m doing all of those things Inhabitat does suggest
    Living the green life, Inhabitat taught
    And putting into action every eco-green-thought.

    Okay, that was a suck-up, those last lines that I wrote
    But that’s how far I’ll go for that NoonSolar Tote
    For that green-friendly bag, this poem I’ve written
    I want it, I need it, and for it, I’m eco-smitten.

  40. jbeddington September 2, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I live in Malta, with an average of zero rainy days between May and September. Admittedly, not this year it rained twice in August. Once seriously enough to make people run for cover, the other time we were all dancing in it. We have no permanent lakes or rivers, ok, lots of sea but if you dance there people think you have trodden on jellyfish, or at least if you dance like me it does.
    As an experienced teacher I do a lot of cover, that can mean getting a room number and walking in and trying to get something productive done with and for the students. My favourites are debates and discussions. Having a solar powered bag is a great conversation starter.
    This in turn helps to raise awareness of environmental design issues. It is amazing to me how many people just have not thought, or not thought enough about these issues. Especially, living on an island where the drinking water can, (or at least used to get brackish in August), and where most new built homes have solar water heaters, yet the general awareness is distinctly lower, or at least amongst my students it is.
    In short giving me the bag and associated goodies has a knock on effect, sure many students will discuss it with their friends who will envy them. The vast majority of my students are tooled up with the latest i-phones, digital cameras etc. What is more they have the resources to buy these bags, many of them are likely to go on to be business leaders in the next 15 – 25 years. Sure, it is a long-term investment but for a comparatively small principal you could change the course of the future, of business, of humanity and of our planet.

  41. Snowflake September 2, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Please send NoonSolar tote bag ASAP. Am being held captive by bad electrical wires.

  42. mkhz00 September 2, 2009 at 1:07 am

    To start, I am a college student. This means I have to budget which includes electricity. In fact, most of my energy goes to feeding my laptop. I had gotten a laptop rather than a computer because, besides needing it for classes, I wanted to cut energy use. Currently I am doing Liberal Studies with a minor in Graphic Design but I plan on focusing on Environmental Studies shortly. The idea of having a portable solar system that would fulfill the majority of my electrical needs is wonderful and if I wasn’t such butterfingers about delicate electronic equipment I would try making one myself. To put it shortly, the NoonSolar bag has a wonderful functionality that I, sadly, cannot afford.

    Having an item such as the NoonSolar bag would make wonderful opportunities to discuss green movement and technology without coming off as a pretentious snob. People who try to force their views on others are always, ALWAYS ignored – nobody, after all, likes being told they are stupid. At the very least, I will be able to encourage people to Google (or Goodsearch) both Inhabitat and NoonSolar, which amounts to pretty much free PR just by my walking around with the bag.

    I’ve been trying to green my paper as well – when I use paper that is. I tend to use the backs of receipts I cannot avoid for notepaper and instead of making copies of the schedule at work like the others do, I write it down in a small moleskin journal I have been using for three years now (and still going!) The paper I have for the printer when I do use it is 100% post-consumer recycled paper. I haven’t bought pens or pencils in years, instead buying ink or lead refills when possible and recycling the components I can. The copious amounts of college-ruled paper I do have from when I had gone shopping years earlier (prior to my getting a laptop) is now in a box, ready to be donated to a nearby middle school – waste not, want not. And if I get the bag, I can donate my old, well-maintained backpack to someone less fortunate.

    It will help me in my continuing efforts to lessen my carbon footprint and an item such as the NoonSolar bag would help to put a dent in my energy needs. As previously stated, my main energy user is my laptop, followed shortly thereafter by my emergency cell phone and alarm clock. Everything else is on power strips. I try to use green practices when cleaning though my mother often thwarts her efforts with her nasty, migraine inducing chemicals. If my school was closer I’d bike year round (it’s more than thirty miles away and I still can’t figure out how to get there on a bus – last I checked I’d need to get up an extra hour and a half early, which is painful for a night owl like me, and hop at least four buses – and that is can walk or bike to a bus stop.) Instead I drive a ’95 Tercel that we bought used years back and still gets 30 mpg – why buy new when used is just as good? I haven’t bought new clothes in a couple years – instead mending when I can, with the exception of shoes since, because I am on my feet all day and have rather low arches, they get worn out very fast, though I try to replace them no more than once a year (by that point they are falling apart even with mending.)

    I don’t have a sob story. I’m living with my parents and helping to pay the bills on the house – the economy can do that to a person and we want to keep our house. Like any college student I am always short on funds. I am not overburdened or over-blessed with an abundance of gadgets like iPods or iPhones, just the basic items I need to go get my work done (my laptop) and be safe (my emergency phone.) I try to reduce and reuse before I recycle or upcycle. I love sustainable practices – the idea of self-sufficiency has always appealed to me as well. I could try and be inventive, be silly, be original, but by this point it would simply come across as trite.

    The way I like to think of it is this: Every step forward, no matter how small, is still a step forward. I don’t claim to be green, but I am getting there – and this bag would definitely be a step in the right direction.

    Besides, my birthday is September 23rd… please? :D
    Laura

  43. goodtimingman September 2, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Fashion has always aspired to express lifestyle choices. From the Punk rejection of
    middle class notions of beauty, to the corporate concious designer brands;
    whatever style you choose, fur-less, bra-less, sock-less, modest, immoral, or… practical.

    Environmentally friendly cars, comfortable shoes, casual wear have not freed the educated consumer
    from the tangle of electrical devices and constant need for a charge – for cell phones, i-pods and pocket PCs.

    I am not going to say that I “need” this bag, because it is not about another need. It is about freeing the
    owner from needs, in this case, the need to be plugged in, to be grounded to some outpost of industrial civilization, and it just happens to do it with elegance and style.

    And it wants to be carried by someone who is going to use it and show it in such a way that the greatest number of trendsetters and creative types catch on to it.

    The Japanese and American designers and media professionals I liason with are going to love this; I can see it
    inspiring further Earth friendly designs and electrifying the fashion industry.

  44. retroc September 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I “Absolutely NEED” this bag more so because I want it. Simply put, I like this bag a lot, it’s stylish, techy, very suave, and handy. It’s convenient and I would use it, whether it be for school or just walking around. For those reasons I “NEED” this bag.

  45. retroc September 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    To put it simply, I “ABSOLUTELY NEED” a noon solar bag because it’s awesome. It’s convenient, efficient, stylish and far too expensive for me. I need it for school books and for other activities I go on. I think there are deserving people of it, and I think there are people who don’t deserve it. I’m in neither category. I simply want it. So I’d like/ “need” to be winner.

  46. Arvilgon September 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m going to be blunt – I don’t NEED the bag as much as the developing world needs off the grid solutions.

    I don’t NEED the bag as much as solar electrical solutions are needed for schools, hospitals, and small businesses in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

    I don’t NEED the bag as much as children in remote rural areas need a solar powered light to study at night, or a doctor in an underfunded hospital needs a solar light to save the life of a mother that goes into labor at 3:00am.

    I don’t NEED the bag to impress my friends – but I do want it to impress the idea of a sustainable lifestyle upon my peers.

    I don’t NEED the bag to be socially accepted by my environmentally aware social circles – but I do want to use it to cut down on my carbon footprint, and those of anyone else who’s phone or iPod might need a charge/

    I don’t NEED the bag because I’m a Natural Resources and Sustainable Development student, but I would like it to take abroad when I visit developing countries to serve as an example of small scale sustainability.

    I don’t NEED the bag because I can’t afford it, (which I can’t), but I would like it so that when I can afford my own, I can leave the bag with someone in another country who can use it to improve their lives, and the lives of others by starting a business charging cellphones, or coming up with another innovative use for this luxury item most people want to use to charge their $250 iPhones.

    I don’t NEED the bag,(and frankly neither do most of the people who have posted), but I would be very grateful to receive it – as would it’s eventual recipient.

  47. megquinn September 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    my HUSBAND carries a CANVAS flimsy bag as his BRIEFCASE to work everyday. it makes him look like he is going to work at the ZOO. He does NOT work at the ZOO. he does however work very very hard at making our family ECO-CONSCIENCE and GREEN! from your basic household RECYCLE system to COMPOSTING to RAIN BARRELS to GARDENING to insisting on carrying this bag until he finds something better and as ECO-FRIENDLY. He is PASSIONATE. He DESERVES this.

    THE ZOO-KEEPERS WIFE,

    megan

  48. connors4844 September 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I am currently an interior design student here in Philadelphia. I am always dashing across campus from A to B. My schedule is always in a tizzy so most of the time I forget to charge my essentials – my cellular device so my friends and family can attempt to contact me, and my mp3 player to survive those late nights in the studio. A Solar Bag would be the answer to my prayers! I am also planning to further my education in sustainable studies and career so these fun products would be a stellar start to my future as an environmentally conscious designer and a fourth year student! Also a great architect once told me, the sustainable part is the communication it will have on the public!! Carrying my new solar bag all over the traces of this fine earth will be a HUMONGO influence to others!! So please inhabitat, love me as I do you :) -Sarah

    “Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.” -Chief Seattle

  49. JasonK September 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    To be Honest, I don’t really need this bad. It takes me 5 minutes to walk to school, and even though I walk home for lunch and back again, That’s only 20 minutes of sunlight a day. giving me that bag would be a complete waste. The T-shirt, on the other hand, is another story. I would get a lot of use out of that, seeing as I am constantly in public where clothes are often required (or at least recommended) So here’s to getting second place!

  50. ccontill September 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Now, I’m not going to attempt to woo the judges with a tales of financial turbulence, nor will I try to impress them with a laundry list of eco-friendly credentials. Bottom line—I’m terrified of the potential hazing that might ensue if I begin my internship at the Department of Environmental Conservation later this month with anything less than an entirely sustainable and utterly chic handbag.* When I first heard I’d been granted the internship through my school, I was thrilled. Working for the betterment of my community in New York has always been a dream of mine. But then the anxiety set in. I looked across my living room at the laptop bag I’ve been using for the past six years, all scuffed and, well, lacking in solar cells, and my heart sank. Then I was informed that I’d be working in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Division, and I can guarantee you that a “swirlie” in that building is something much more terrifying than your typical garden variety prank! The taunts and the jeers I’ll receive if I have anything less than the best! My superiors, no doubt, will all be clad in nothing but the finest in hemp outerwear, sporting multi-hundred dollar charging units. I’m simply horrified! Oh, and the recycled school supplies will surely score me some eco-cred when I’m in the classroom this semester. Form and function, ladies and gentlemen, that’s what it’s about. So, as you can see, this isn’t merely an issue of want. It is an issue of pure, unadulterated, fear-fueled need. Of course, I do happen to also want the bag, desire it even, and actually drooled on my keyboard while eying the smooth vegetable-tanned leather and stylistically geometric solar cells. But really, this is about my avoiding the sheer embarrassment of working in an earth-friendly office with an outdated bag! Please help!
    Yours in fashion and in function,
    Caroline

    *Although I am, in fact, working for the New York DEC this semester, I am not actually afraid of hazing. In fact, everyone there has been utterly friendly and supportive and I can’t wait to get started. This was penned (or typed, really, on a laptop that sure could use a solar charger!) only in an attempt to divert and entertain! And I do really want the bag!

  51. lauren September 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    As a new architecture grad student, overwhelmed by the theory reading load, grappling with a net zero water and energy housing design project for the university’s organic farm, trying to get some sleep, and come up with the funds for tuition, this bag would be a welcome addition to my life. It would also give me a reason to escape the confines of studio! The bag would also be great to prompt further discussion in our interdisciplinary design studio concerning energy.

    Thanks!

  52. tdpa September 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Goodbye NonSense Life…
    Wellcome NoonSolar Bag!

  53. littleapple2305 September 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    1. I strive to soak up as much sun as a redhead can in between classes and studio, and I think it is about time for my bag to do the same!

    2. My old bag is much more comfortable lugging around produce than carrying the weight of my education.

    3. Our student union does not sell eco-anything…HELP!

  54. J Davis Harte September 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Hideeho,

    I am eager to express my need for this Noon Solar bag. Reason: as a graduate student and graduate teaching instructor in Design & Human Environment, I am tasked with teaching not one, but 2 undergraduate studios. Plus writing up my thesis results and take more courses. Plus, I’m about to be a brand new mom! Yes, I will be nursing mid-way through studio time – imagine how cool my students will think I am, using a Noon Solar bag to charge my gear! High on the credibility factor list! Great design! Great teaching!

    Cheerio!
    J. Davis Harte

  55. djpoptart September 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    P.S.: I am also a green school supplies fetishist.

  56. chrisp68 September 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I want this bag so I can take it back to the person who made it so they can power a small light to study and get a better job so they don’t have to make bags like this anymore. This bag and most of the other crap you advertise on this site will not save the world. Consumerism of this junk is what got us here in the first place. Take this bag to the Amish and they will laugh in your face. They don’t have a need for this silly sack because there isn’t a demand for it. Life can be simple… it doesn’t have to be full of electron generators. And yes this bag will make a statement for sure… but in the wrong way. “Hey look at me… I’m staving the world by powering my cell phone, ipod or whatever with my non recyclable and toxic sack”

  57. J Davis Harte September 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hideeho,

    I am certainly needing to win a Noon Solar bag. Reason? As a design graduate student, I am also tasked with teaching not one, but two design studios to undergraduates. Throw in the mix my brand new baby girl and you can see why I am desperately in need of all the modern day conveniences our best designers can provide. Imagine me riding off to teach early in the morning, phone charging on the way, eager young minds ready to learn how to draw in perspective or universally design a space, awed at their young mom instructor who knows how to tote her stuff. Happy thought! Great teaching! Great learning!

    Cheerio,
    J. Davis Harte

  58. djpoptart September 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I forsee this wonderful bag powering devices critical to my survival and work during a possible hurricane evacuation of New Orleans this Fall (or next, or the one after that).

    Solar is the way to go for learners and teachers always on the go. Solar is also the way to go during mandatory mass evacuation events and other disasters or happenings during which we find ourselves suddenly so dependent on our smartphones and other battery-hog electronic devices for navigation, communication, documentation, and tracking friends and family. Bag and I will model these points for students and colleagues.

    Bag and I will party through an outlet-free Mardi Gras, then celebrate the end of a successful academic year liveblogging and uploading media through long outlet-free days from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  59. diesel51 September 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    This is an exciting prize. Novel and unique. Techie stuff rules.

  60. patipelada September 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    A contest entry in haiku form:

    Want to get good grades /
    that are carbon neutral too, /
    like I try to be.

  61. djpoptart September 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I forsee this wonderful bag powering devices critical to my survival and work during a possible hurricane evacuation of New Orleans this season.

    Solar is the way to go during an evacuation event or other disaster during which we are so dependent on our smartphones and other devices, and Bag and I will emphasize this point to students and colleagues when and wherever we do not plug in.

    Bag and I will celebrate the end of a successful academic year liveblogging and uploading media through long outlet-free days from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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