LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Voltaic Laptop-Charging Solar Backpack Filled With Green School Supplies (Worth $500)!

by , 08/29/12

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Heads up students! September is just one week away and school bells are already ringing in the distance – which means it’s high time to start gearing up for the coming academic year. If you’ve yet to stock up on supplies, fear not – we’re offering you a chance to win an amazing back to school bundle packed with over $500 worth of green goodies! You could win a powerful laptop-charging Voltaic Array solar backpack, a stack of 6 eco-friendly Naked Binders, a water filtering Bobble bottle, and courtesy of The Ultimate Green Store, a Laptop Lunchbox and various school supplies! It’s easy to enter – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter, like Inhabitat and Voltaic on Facebook, and leave a comment below telling us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine. Our contest ends this week, so don’t delay – enter today!


(If you are not already a subscriber.) We’ll be announcing the winner in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize!

Just visit Inhabitat’s Facebook page and Voltaic’s Facebook page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

Tell us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year.The deadline for this giveaway is August 29th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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Voltaic Array Solar Laptop Charger Backpack

Students are always on the go, and it’s hard to keep a laptop charged while trekking from class to class. Solar bags offer a smart low-impact charging solution – and Voltaic sets the bar by which all photovoltaic bags are judged. Their new Array Backpack is a cutting edge powerhouse emblazoned with a removable 10 watt solar panel that is capable of charging a laptop! The Array also features a battery that doubles your notebook’s runtime (when fully charged), a padded laptop sleeve, plenty of organization pockets, and 1,500 cubic inches of storage for all of your books, binders, bits, and Bobbles.

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Laptop Lunchbox and Eco School Supplies from The Ultimate Green Store

The Ultimate Green Store carries an incredible selection of eco-friendly products for the home, office and everyone in the family – and this year we’re excited to partner up with them to offer students a great array of back to school supplies! The set includes a reusable bpa-free bento box from Laptop Lunches, a recycled banana paper notebook, a non-toxic petroleum-free Coccoina glue stick (which smells like Italian Marzipan!), and a set of recycled newspaper pencils. Sign up for The Ultimate Green Store’s newsletter here.

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Bobble Water Filtering Bottle

Everyone knows that bottled water is bad for the environment, so kick Arrowhead and Evian to the curb and score one of Karim Rashid‘s acclaimed reusable Bobble bottles. These brilliant BPA-free recycled plastic bottles are fitted with a colorful carbon filter that purifies water as you drink – so you’ll always have access to a fresh source of H2O wherever your studies take you.

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Naked Binders

Keep all of your papers and assignments in check all year-long with a set of six colorful Naked Binders and a stack of organization sleeves. These colorful, sturdy binders are made from 100% recycled, 100% post consumer board, and they’re tested to withstand 250,000 flexes without fail – so you’ll be able to use them well into the future. Naked Binders are also 100% recyclable, made in the USA, and nearly all materials used are FSC certified.

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  1. lauriekruczek August 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am always trying new things to help the environment and would love to do even more with these amazing products!

  2. Nora August 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I am a masters student in sociology, studying climate change, ecological citizenship and sustainable consumption. I try to do my best everyday to make good green choices for myself, my family and the planet. I would love a little help to show there are other options available. Thank-you.

  3. hannasimone August 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    THere are a few ways we are greening our back to school routine this year; like many, we are using stainless steel lunch containers, and buying bulk snacks to eliminate the use of plastic bags and wrappings, we are cooking hot lunch for the kids once a week at our school, to provide them with healthy, love-infused food and help educate about balanced meals. We are getting them on the school bus every day – our rural roads are too dangerous and long for bikes, and they are learning about the native flora and fauna of the region so that they can be more aware of the eco-system in which we live, and how to gain food and medicine from the wild… but the most interesting and exciting school greening project I am involved in is developing a school vegetable garden. With the kids we will plan, plant and grow our own herbs and veggies, which can then be used for our hot lunch program! And to make the project more interesting and globally relevant, we are starting a multi-media pen pal program with kids in Cuba who have a school garden and use it for food and medicine! Hopefully we can learn from each other many new ways to be more green and live more sustainably within our schools!

  4. Laerrus August 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My girlfriend and I are about to build an off the grid house and this pack would be perfect for gearing up the laptop for rainy days!

  5. jenni104 August 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Summer is almost at an end
    and to school the kids I’ll send.
    But this year and from now on,
    ALL disposables are gone.
    Only reusable items will they carry,
    We want to make the Earth so merry.
    Only green is the way to go,
    non recyclable is our foe.
    Pack them organic and natural foods too,
    wanting healthy children is nothing new.
    All school year I’ll learn to be greener each day,
    With Inhabitant in my email showing me the way.
    So yes, it is time for back to school
    but this year being green is the number one rule!

  6. thesky4eva August 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I love eco-friendly products, but I’m also all about sustainability which is at the heart of being green. I’m sure a lot of people (me included) like to start the new school year afresh with new supplies, but I’ve found that I’ve got quite a collection of old notebooks, pens, binders, ruled paper etc. It’s great to guy green products, and support the environment but if you have leftovers of school supplies from previous year – USE THEM!!! So that’s what I’m doing this year: up cycling! I found a store that sells eco friendly notebook covers, decorations etc. I just thought it was a great idea to revamp all my old ugly notebooks with new covers, ripping out the old contents (if any) I’m up cycling all the surplus supplies and using them instead of buying new ones this year. After all it’d all be junk (the leftovers) if I don’t use them… so the eco-friendly supplies that I buy for the new school year really isn’t that environmentally friendly. Hope I’ve inspired some people to up cycle their old notebooks or binders! recycling your own stuff is the most green thing you can do!

  7. pattywhitney August 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I’m an environmental advocate on the Gulf Coast of America, and my 9-year-old grandson is just ecstatic over anything associated with electronics and technology. I would love for him to have something like this package for many reasons. Besides loving him, it would be great to see his excitement if I gave him something like this, but it would also be great to stimulate his interest in using technology for caring for our environment as well!

  8. Jeeni Zucchini August 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    With three grandchildren… and the youngest just starting school this year, I try to infiltrate their consciousness with greenness all the time… in hopes that they will just take it for granted that the earth and natural resources are a precious gift to be appreciated.

  9. Synthapetic August 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

    As a college student and entrepreneur, I could really use this to keep things organized and my laptop juiced as I bike from place to place. Working on the Library rooftop in downtown Salt Lake (I highly recommend people check out this beautiful garden roof) would be great solar powered.

  10. anayatalyssa August 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    This isn’t anything new I have done when it comes to the school year but this is what we do every year. We shop at the thrift stores for school clothes. I have found that most people right before the new school year starts go through their closets and donate clothes almost always gently used their kids have outgrown. Any clothes my kids outgrow we give away to families that we know that are need and anything they don’t take we donate to a local organization that gives the clothes away. At the end of the school year we go through any old papers and notebooks and take it to a recycling center. My kids school also keeps bins outside for recycling and we use those at the end of each week also. At the end of the year we go through supplies they used that year if it can be re-used for the following year we keep it instead of tossing it. Old backpacks they don’t want anymore we give away to anyone who wants them. I live off a very limited income with 3 kids and I have found that giving things away with an open heart that the universe seems to reward and bless you and yours.

  11. Kmiggityfat August 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Reusing as much as possible, using the library instead of buying new books, riding our bikes more, simple stuff…
    Great contest!

  12. kidneutrino August 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I can wait to trek across the campus and then the planet on my research trips and still be able to record data and make posts on my blogs from solar power. I am impressed with the product line from Voltaic, and I guess I will buy one regardless… that doesn’t effect my entry though, right? 😀 cheers, Professor T

  13. saltjones August 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    It is compulsory for my son to have his laptop with him for every class at school, however the one thing he always forgets is his charger. As he skates to school each day from a house that runs on renewable energy he truly could become one of our cities most eco friendly teenagers with such a backpack!
    Congratulations on such a brilliant promotion and for all the inspirational info you send our way. All the best

  14. Sunnymay August 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    The solar backback looks so handy to recharge laptop. The Bobble Bottle has a neat shape, the Naked Binders have curvy paper to fit, the lunchbox is colorful and has all sorts of containers to cut down on having to throw out disposable bags. What a green giveaway to start the school year.

  15. Max Lang August 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This cool prize would be packed up and sent straight to Jamaica, to one of the deserving school children there. Jamaicans are trying to live a “greener” life but as we all know, it takes resources to do so, and the resources simply are not on the island yet. Many Jamaicans do not have electricity, so the solar charger backpack would be greatly appreciated. The supplies within would be like gold to any student on the island as the school supplies available there are sparse and expensive.

  16. teddiegrams August 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    What a wonderful back to school package contest. Would love to win.

  17. Lottienoelle August 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Im starting university in Liverpool in a couple of weeks, studying design and illustration! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to carry on with my artwork, but I am probably the most unprepared person on the planet :( which is one factor this bundle could help out with! 

    Inhabitat has inspired my work so much, especially the posts which advertise photographers raising awareness on environmental and economical problems, I also love all the architecture which has been shown recently! I love inhabitat, and one day I hope my work can be shown through you! 

    thanks for the inspiration inhabitat ! 😀

  18. elverina August 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    What does it mean to live Green?
    First of all green is the most common color on earth. Green is the color of the Heart chakra . It means to live from the heart, to live consciously and expressing love of Earth through your actions.
    This year I’m going to follow my heart and will spend more time outside ..park,sea,mountain…and try to strenghten my inner connection with the spirit of Earth…
    I believe that every single person is very important for the balance of the whole universe and also believe that we are born vegetarians and every single creature on this earth deserves to LIVE. So this year I’m going to promote vegetarian and vegan food and will convince people around me to become vegetarians , because this is what my Heart is telling me.

  19. geetarnub August 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    i don’t plan to bring my car as a form of transportation on campus, i’ve went greener by purchasing a speed bike to get around campus this year! green wins!

  20. Nans August 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    My green immersion initiative:
    1) Becoming part of a cutting edge green technology program.
    2) Commuting on my very cool purple rimmed bike.
    3) Loading up on paper from the recycle bin before I quit work.
    4) Recycling my clothes with some fancy sewing machine action.
    5) Finding out more ways to green it up.

  21. annawieland August 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I teach 1st grade and I want my students to be more conscious of recycling and reusing materials. I bought a cup to put my water in and reuse instead of having a plastic water bottle that I throw away. I have a recycle bin. I have a basket labeled “scraps” for left over paper/drawing. I have also created a recycling poster that is age appropriate for them so that they understand why they need to recycle.

  22. ellivenkcirtap August 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I am going to be continuing my college studies of Biology & Chemistry this academic year, with future hopes of working in a field such as Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics or Climate Sciences.

    I want to be able to make what I learn through my studies benefit in the inhabitants of this planet, human and other species alike by ensuring natural resources & habitats are preserved and made sustainable. This will provide longevity to the survival of species & their genetic information, materials for future technologies, ensure food, water & energy security for everyone, reduce the impacts of climate change & ocean acidification, ensure we don’t destroy our natural sources of beauty and be able to pass on the knowledge to other people too.

    I try to live a lifestyle that reflects my belief in sustainability. I use the energy supplier Ecotricity who use renewable sources of electricity to power my home and who invest at least £0.75 to the £1 spent on electricity with them back into developing renewable energy technology. I choose to buy my clothing second hand where possible. I choose not to consume meat or fish, to reduce a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions, to reduce overfishing and to withdraw my support from inefficient and unsustainable use of arable land. I believe that withdrawing support from the livestock industry is important for making room to grow food for people who go without. I make careful considerations with the food items I buy, to make sure I don’t support organisations who are too happy to exploit natural resources, and I try hard to support Fair Trade and Organic produce, to give individuals and ecosystems a better deal. In my day to day life, I try to encourage attitude and behaviour change in those around me, in hopes of them learning that the issues I am concerned with are important to everyone.

    How does this relate to why I want to win the competition?

    Firstly, the stationary items would benefit my ability to organise my work, helping me to manage my workload, and in the end, learn more than I could have without the extra preparation.

    Secondly, I use technology such as my Iphone and laptop to enable me to do more. They allow me to research and socialize well. I believe that what is learnt in the classroom needs to be applied elsewhere such as outside to really make a difference, so the rucksack with the solar panel capable of charging my devices and the portable items for eating & drinking would be an important resource to allow me to spend more time visiting people & studying nature, whilst being able to document & research what I need to, without the fear of losing productivity due to power failure of the technological devices.

    It has to be said, technology has certainly got society into the mess it is in today, but technologies appropriate use is going to give passionate people the cutting edge when it comes to getting us back out of this mess, which is why I want to win this competition.

  23. StevenA August 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I’ll use it out side on land and especially on my boat !!

  24. Peacemonger August 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    What an amazingly generous offer this is! Thanks, y’all, for promoting practical green options which are actually usable by those of us with limited budgets. Hmm…relative poverty combined with our Southern Appalachian roots have contrived to keep my husband and me living a life which is already green in a lot of ways. We line dry our clothes, grow our own organic produce (which we water with household graywater)buy in bulk, etc. We are vegetarians, always have been, always will be. My husband is a top-notch World Champeen dumpster diver, so all of our furniture is salvaged. Our daughter’s clothes are almost all purchased at the Goodwill; she and I also knit and crochet. She packs her lunch to school in her steel lunch box which will hopefully last FOREVER and which is filled with stainless-steel snack containers, not plastic. When her backpack tears, we sew on a colorful patch; by the time she graduates it will be all patches. Soon there will be a walking/bike trail between our house and town, so we will be able to ride and walk to and from school this year -we are so excited! The road is too deadly (lots of big trucks) so our goal for this year will be to walk and ride as soon as the trail is completed. Thank you, again, for promoting green living in such a helpful, positive way.

  25. offthegrid August 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve always been environmentally conscious at school; last year I completely eliminated plastic products from my lunch. However, this year I’m formulating a plan that will affect the whole high school, which will hopefully create more environmentally conscious individuals… I’m starting a new initiative for my school to go completely (or at least partially), off the grid over several years, mainly using solar panels. Our fundraising campaigns will also include seminars or lectures to inform students about various environmental issues, because if they don’t know the urgency or seriousness of the issue(s), they most likely won’t be motivated to help. In the end we can record the amounts of energy saved, and hopefully inspire other schools or public buildings to try similar initiatives.

  26. sims562 August 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I need that backpack!

  27. antonieta305 August 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I play a dual role at school as a teacher assistant. I have recently started a vegan diet including juicing. I have some pretty cute bottles for my juice and the one in this prize would be great for my water.

    This package would be awesome! I could use the binders to organize my classes and my students’ work. Love the bento box but I am most excited about the laptop-charging bag. I was hoping that by now (2012) I would have a jet pack to take me to school but I will settle for a bag that charges my laptop while I walk.

    This Giveaway Rules!

  28. Gina Hodges August 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I am a graduate student studying Water Resources and a new mother, ever since becoming pregnant and after the birth of my son in May I have become extra aware of living healthy and environmentally green! I would like to start off from day one passing down smart healthy and green living to my son so he can live a long happy life and hopefully learn good habits to pass on to future generations! Winning this would be a great start and would be put to great use!!

  29. melkev100 August 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    We will use re-use paper this year and walk to school on most days!

  30. barikad August 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    amazing prizes!
    I plan to use less paper and fully use every page use. That mean recto AND verso.

  31. Bob Reece August 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    This prize package would make it easier to keep my laptop charged on the long bke ride to class five days a week. i do hope I am the lucky winner of this package!

  32. bgreen August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Back to school is about designing the most efficient ways to get lots of stuff done well and GREEN!

    Using time wisely with focus, having an organized system for healthy meals and snacks, maintaining schedules and transportation, getting homework done on time and having time to enjoy with friends and family, it all adds up to a great life when you have the right tools! Keeping power use to a minimum with public transportation, car pools and people power, walking and biking whenever possible, is key. Using the Solar Laptop Charger Backpack makes great use of time when walking or on a bike, getting two jobs done at the same time!

    Thanks for your giveaway and continuing to share information that improves lives and greens our beautiful planet Earth!

  33. jlabbers August 23, 2012 at 1:21 am

    This Year I’ll be going to university. With that in mind i’ll be using the Public Transit System to get to and from my school. Since the transit system is able to go across the city i can also use it to get to other destinations.

    I already recycle like crazy and i’m almost in love with composting organics. My garbage bags hardly need emptying from how much i actually throw away.

    Back on track, I find this is AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING thing to consider. Seeing i’m already in rough shape financially; and having this will be a great benefit for me. I know my laptop wont ever die. My school stuff will stay completely neat and tidy and i get pencils where i can read last years current events in Chicago… LIKE HOW COOL IS THAT???

    And also seeing tap water generally isn’t that healthy for you, i’d be more than “just thankful” for having a bottle to finally hydrate me while its keeping toxins away.

    All in all i think EVERYBODY should try to be a least half of a tank of gas greener each year…I know i’ll be, will you?

  34. Mesiah August 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I plan to use my back to school items to inspire my friends in 4th grade and teach them more about eco friendly ways to do things and live. We only have one world and we have to take care of it and each other. My big sister is an activist and i look up to her with all these new tools maybe i’ll start a earth awareness club at my elementary school and find ways for all students to become eco friendly.
    Manu Hameed
    9 years old Brooklyn NY

  35. jewelsopal August 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I will grow more of my own foods, turn off the lights in the house where ever possible, I will not buy processed foods as much as possible so there will be much less packaging, I will not use the air or heat if possible and use my whole house fan more often. I will walk the dog more often and just buy less and live more.

  36. nictare August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    It’ll be great to use the to and fro walking time to the store or school to charge up devices instead of waiting around for them to be ready to go.

  37. Mybad August 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would give it to my son and other children for school.

  38. Gr8chefmb August 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I will be more mindful of making revisions electronically BEFORE printing out assignments and wasting paper/ink/electricity. I already use reusable tote bags when shopping, and I have several travel glasses and mugs for beverages/water. I will also use use reusable bags and containers for packing lunch/snacks.

  39. FM Diseno August 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Im buying a coffee thermos for my really really early busrides to school. More cozy and less garbagy than disposable.

  40. bertmcdert August 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This year, I’m helping to co-found a new Sudbury-style school in Atlanta. It’s a school where kids learn by doing what they naturally want to do – each student’s natural curiosity is the starting point for all their learning. Just like in nature. And we’re bringing that model to a major city that has never had it. What could be greener than that?

  41. Robin Ricard August 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve been working at greener solutions continuously all this year, which has been making my collage experience a good and guilt free one. Having my life organized in such a way that all my focus can go towards study not mess and bother is of prime importance and a habit that I know will infuse the rest of my life for sure.

  42. Evelife August 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I will use the backpack to keep myself green and organized this school year. I can keep all my things in one place and never have to worry about where to charge my laptop. I will be fashionable, fun, organized and green with this amazing backpack.

  43. jill190 August 22, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I am making my High Schooler walk, yes walk a mile to school. May be he cant tell his kids the old stories how he walked to school.

  44. squeakydc August 22, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I’m a grandmother going to school online and I love doing my work outdoors. I would love to win this bundle so it would be easier for me to take my things to the park in the back pack and study. I could have something to carry a healthy green snack and my water in. I would never have to worry about my laptop going dead with the solar back pack. I love these binders because they are green, colorful and just so neat looking. I could really use these for my household binder for bills, contacts and more; my kitchen binder for menus, recipes, food storage, supply lists and more; my school planner with contacts, class schedules, loan info and more; my homestead planner with all my ideas, projects and forms; my emergency binder for my 72 hour kit and my genealogy index binder. I would also have green pencils to write with made of newspaper! How awesome is that??

  45. cheesemoon August 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    While persuing a MSEE degree focused in renewable energy at New Mexico State University I believe a great way to be green this semester is by spreading the word about green technologies.

    One of the biggest barriers for people to adopt new technologies is misinformation and I would definetely contribute by being a portable showroom

  46. EcoFriendly_Santa_Claus August 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I will green my back-to-school routine by walking everywhere, shopping organic/local, using recycled notebooks and pencils, continue to pick up trash and properly dispose of it instead of looking at it and shaking my head, and i will reduce my water use when i shave, shower and wash my hands. In fact, i’m going to replace my faucet heads asap!

  47. Leeza August 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    All reusable school lunch items of course!

  48. netdata August 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I plan on greening up my school routine by replacing some of my classes with online ones and joining a rideshare program for my wife and I to get to our college classes

  49. Kimberly88 August 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    We support school clothing that is made of natural fibers, use paper sacks for lunch and smaller paper sacks for sandwiches and snacks rather than using plastic bags. We purchase biodegradable supplies and recycled paper for the kids to use.

  50. DragonTat2 August 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I will use my Voltaic Systems backpack and Inhabitat prize to return to college so I can get started working toward earning a degree. I wanted to go to college when I finished high school 40 years ago, but they said not a lot of girls went to college and that my family was too poor anyway.
    When people ask, what is your dream, the first thing in my mind is, I want a college degree. How crazy is that?

  51. CandaceRJ August 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    My family loves this planet. We’ve talked together done our research,(Thank you Inhabitat!)and we are ready to do everything possible this school year to help make this earth a better place for future generations!

  52. cluo123 August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I will green my back-to-school routine by packing lunches in reusable lunch bags, using reusable metal bottles for water, and walking my daughter to school more often.

  53. CLuo123 August 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’ll green my back-to-school routine by using reusable lunch bags (fabric, not paper), using reusable metal bottles, and walking my child to school more often.

  54. Arcticboarder21 August 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I will never buy bottled water unless required to do so by the requirement of thirst. Walking/Longboarding as modes of transportation. Use of house grown food/local farms and sustainable products to be used whenever possible. Bring it on 2012/2013!

  55. ajbb August 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

    We have been usung metal tiffins, fabric lunch sacks, and reuseable water bottles for a few years now. There is aleaus more to be done to green our routine, but we should get the laundry off the line first.

  56. mashono August 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I would absolutely love this package! I’m headed off to NMU in Marquette, Michigan for my first semester of college ever. Marquette has beautiful mountains and the entire city is situated on Lake Superior! All of these Eco essentials would make my experience here that much more exciting and do-able! I’ve always felt that doing work in the woods out in the environment helps me accomplish the work I need done and this pack would enable me to do so! With a new laptop, trusty iPhone and a slew of other gadgets this is a must have for me.

  57. Mashono August 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I would absolutely love this package! I’m headed off to NMU in Marquette, Michigan for my first semester of college ever. Marquette has beautiful mountains and the entire city is situated on Lake Superior! All of these Eco essentials would make my experience here that much more exciting and do-able! I’ve always felt that doing work in the woods out in the environment helps me accomplish the work I need done and this pack would enable me to do so!

  58. Borper August 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    First of all, my university is lending me a collapsible bike, yay! Second, I got some solar lamps and some LED lamps at IKEA to use at home. And then I’d like to cultivate some small, easy to grow fruits in a hyfroponic planter I am building at home right now, and take those fruits as a between-classes snack.

  59. odorikakeru August 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    As a teacher in the 21st century technology is becoming just as essential as the good old whiteboard and textbook. With laptops, MP3 players, speakers, and now even pico projectors becoming standard kit in a lot of my lessons, battery power has become the ultimate nagging concern for me.
    With a proper Voltaic bag I could be free to prepare my classes by thinking about my students, instead of worrying about what might need recharging and if there’s enough time to do so. I would also be free to teach anywhere, in any room (or even outside).
    And with the water bottle and lunch box in the bag aswell, I could stay outside all day, doing all my preparation and marking. Generally being where I want to be, and not where I have to be!

  60. Lissa223 August 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Riding my motorcycle and charging my laptop would be great!

  61. LOLeah August 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I am really busy fighting against GMO’s..spreading the word online educating on Facebook and Twitter! I believe we ALL have the right to decide for ourselves!! I am also trying to educate my neighborhood diner. Which is on campus. The soy oil they use on the grill and fryer is GMO! I am also talking with them about options for change to a better choice for ALL!!Thanks for this opportunity! :) NO TO GMO YES TO ALL OUR HEALTH!!

  62. diemsee August 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Being able to charge on the go w the power of the sun is a great advantage- that’s more time I’d spend outside untethered but ready to work- portfolio ready!

  63. Justemily August 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What a fantabulous give away!! My daughter and I are both vegan, and or manta is reduce, reuse, recycle!! She drives her father nuts when she visits with him because nothing gets thrown out!!. Couple if tips for people who want to go more green. We walk back and forth to school in decent weather, and always use reusable containers. We fought the school on using disposables on field trips, and won!! We also use (single mom with out the benefit of child support) cheap zip up make up bags for lunch and snack items. They are super cute, & reusable. We make lots if food from scratch. It gives us together time, and utilizes less packaging and is less expensive. The items in this giveaway are simply amazing, but if you don’t win, use our tips and allllllll the other ones!! Good luck!!

  64. jlannar August 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I have been recycling like crazy but I really want to conserve gas. I’ve been doing a lot of walking, using public transportation and using my bicycle.

  65. TiberiusBravus August 21, 2012 at 12:08 am

    hope i win. this stuff is really great! Love the sun energy, i have a photovoltaic panel array on my house and i love it.

  66. Jaclyn August 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I will do a lot of things to go green this school year! I will be walking to school and back everyday! I will be typing out all my notes on a laptop, and will reuse my old binders instead of buying new. I will be carrying around a reusable water bottle. I will use containers rather than plastic bags. I hope to do my part and encourage others to make a greener impact as well!

  67. Wrian August 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Permanently Disabled since 2001 and at the ripe old age of 58 I was accepted as the officially first “disabled” student, in a Registered Nursing Program!

    Having to make huge strides to catch up and keep up with my younger cohorts and 21st century “technology”has been a welcoming challenge!!

    Yes, I have had to “step up my game” and now have Iphone and laptop inorder to keep up with my studies and my classmates!
    Taking full advantage of the complimentary “wi-fi” connections available at some businesses can be an expensive luxury for someone with a very low and limited budget! And “electrical outlets”are not always convienent or available!

    This “Solar Powered” back pack would mean FREEDOM!

    FREEDOM to study in the fresh air!
    FREEDOM to enjoy the outdoors!!

    Free from having to be obligated to purchasefood/coffee to be “tethered” to a wall socket!!!

    I would be more than grateful and truthfully may allow me a step or two ahead of the youngun’s’!!:)

  68. ozj518 August 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    as a future green architect i gots to have this 😀
    and its an energy saver
    plus it would look cool.

  69. rahfeezahkee August 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i would use this bag to power the electronic instruments i program so i can walk around in the day and make beats live. the bag could also keep my speakers loud and proud!

  70. miahshodan August 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    count me in

  71. michie87 August 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I walk to school and ride my bike everywhere every day, since I will be going to university which is an hour away, I will be taking the metro instead of driving and it will take me at least 2 hours to get there, but hey! I get to save the environment by not traveling in vehicles that facilitate the damage to the earth. My major is architecture and I am focusing on green/sustainable part of it, because I want buildings to become a part of nature, rather than be built on top of tree stubs, etc – my designs will all be centered around trees and I will find a way to maximize the use of resources already on the land before construction. As I will be using a laptop for my deisgn most of the time, that rechargeable battery would come in very handy as well.

  72. mscharosch August 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    What a way to start the year off and learn about recycling to help save the planet!

  73. missinfp August 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Actually, I’m in the midst of greening up my entire life – especially when it comes to my area of study (art). I will continue to read up on what it takes to be a green artist and switch from high VOC paints to environmentally friendly paints – even if it means I have to make some by hand. It’s worth it!

  74. Kenthepilot August 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hoops dutifully jumped through.

  75. Sam M August 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    The Voltaic solar panel laptop back pack will be a perfect complement to my university studies as I am taking an environment and business program at one of the few universities in North America that combines business and environmental studies. The co-op portion of the program allows me  to work for companies to gain real-life experience, and helps the firms to show their commitment to the community and the benefits of green living. The Voltaic laptop charging solar panel backpack will be beneficial when I’m attending my classes on campus, and it will be essential during my field work as a co-op student. When people see the solar panel on my back pack, it will be a good opportunity for me to talk about the benefits of solar panels in general, and the great features of the Voltaic’s laptop back pack. All of the green store products will come in handy, especially the BPA free water bottle with filter.

  76. schlim420 August 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

    This would be awesome for when i am walking to class. So many cool things in this package would be sweet to win!!!

  77. OriolFM August 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Nice deal! The Backpack looks fantastic!

  78. Tat1978 August 20, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Recycle, buy things made from recycled materials, shop at farmer’s markets, drive a Prius, install a solar panel on the house, save water, spread the word!

  79. SlyG07 August 20, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Whenever I begin my coop internships I always try to see if I can carpool with other people. In addition, I was thinking about purchasing the outlet monitors to see how much electricity I’ve been spending. I also live in a house with 8 people so turning the lights off when the room is not in use is a definite must.

  80. kaylawoods91 August 20, 2012 at 2:27 am

    All the items are really cool! I can use every single item for my upcoming semester!

  81. Rebl August 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    We already do what we can every day to green up, but the big thing we did is not buy anything new. If we have pencils at home, binders, all that stuff, then why buy new? The first step in our process is to reduce where we can.

  82. kelly d August 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I subscribe to your newsletter under kellywcuATyahooDOTcom, like you on FB(Kelly D Saver) and we will green our routine by only using re-usable water bottles (less drink containers to throw out)

  83. ccamenzuli August 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I no longer buy plastic baggies and tinfoil – I will pack my lunches for work in reusable containers and always carry my refillable water bottle! The solar powered backpack will make traveling with a laptop so much easier, whether in the classroom, un my office or at a conference!

  84. ssalamanca August 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I’m so excited about this spectacular Voltaic Array Solar Laptop Charger Backpack, It will be perfect for my camping days!
    Since I started to enjoy developing sustainable systems, designing eco-Architecture, redesignig with recyclables materials and reusing, supplies like Laptop Lunchbox and Eco School became more friends to me as usual…What can be more practical than the Bobble Water Filtering Bottle……I just love it!….also my friend over the faceebook like the repost from Inhabitat which make me feel so thankful and helpful…
    Good luck every body!

  85. Lallypop643 August 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Well as i am studying at an agricultural college we are pretty green already but i think that we could do with more recycling bins as at the moment there are very few so i will speak to the principal about that. I will also try to host events that bring awareness to the environment. As soon as i start i am going to speak to all of my teachers and ask them if it would be possible for me to email my assignments to them instead of printing them off so i wont have to use so much paper or ink.

  86. SammieL August 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I am going back to school via the brownfields program
    I’ll learn how to clean up hazardous sites so they can be used again. The community college is one of the few places on the bus route so I’ll ride the bus to and from. Green schooling and green transportation :)

  87. kbeekman August 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm


  88. culprit August 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Cant wait to have one of these for our school’s computer club. Trying to lead by example and show the meaning of sustainability to our kids. Thanks for this cool giveaway.

  89. Ssalamanca August 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This is so great!!!….so much to do with all the wonderful supplies.
    We love to go camping :-) , or just laid down in the grass, the Voltaic Array Solar Laptop Charger Backpack is perfect…Also the Bobble Water Filtering Bottle for those hot days. I’m getting excited seen the Laptop Lunchbox and Eco School Supplies from The Ultimate Green Store….inspiration is already flowing. Since I am Eco Architect, designer and super fan of Inhabitad.
    Love sustainable!…Reusable!…Recyclable!

  90. CindyS August 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    My son would love this!

  91. brianvk August 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’m going to walk whenever possible, use public transportation instead of the car for longer trips whenever possible, recycle or re-purpose old school supplies, always use a re-usable metal water bottle and re-gift the filtered plastic jobber, print everything in duplex mode on recycled/able paper, use the power saving options on all my gadgets, and like everyone else here: hopefully charge my devices with that awesome solar backpack!

  92. veronica.momof4 August 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    We will start with notebooks of recycled paper, refillable pencils, reusing folders and binders from last year, and greening our eating habits with fruits and veggies daily.

  93. rymood August 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    How I will Green my back to school experience:
    1. I plan to make a DIY solar-powered USB charger, which would go great with this Voltaic backpack.
    2. I’ll always bike to campus, the most efficient and carbon-free form of transportation.
    3. I’m making sustainability my career, since I’m starting my Masters program in Sustainable Systems. I’ll specifically focus on renewable energy systems. Go Green!

  94. flbeachbumz August 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    My husband has been into cycling for many years. In the past year, our 4 kids have done carpooling with other families to help the environment. This year we wanted to take it a step farther and have the kids bicycle to school to promote the “One less car” on the road idea.

  95. Morsetlis August 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Being on the island of Grenada for most of the year, it is important to be environmentally conscious because the trash and waste here are hard to remove!

    Living green isn’t so hard compared to being wasteful, so this year I’m reducing my usage of personal cars to a few times a month, changing from paper notes to electronic notes, using a tap water filter instead of bottled water, switching to organic and vegetarian food, and reuse and recycle plastic containers and bags more.

    The campus environmental club would like a lot of help to redouble our effort to sustain a green environment. The student body cares but due to the stresses of medical school, convenience is the overriding factor for most students. We will have to work creatively with the student government to disseminate information that students can easily use and impose some restrictions that make sense to reduce plastic waste on campus.

  96. zkooyer August 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    First off I am going to be a junior in high school and I have been brought up by my parents to deeply be concerned in the environment. From reading green articles on flipboard to using my longboard to get around I care abut this earth. I have 7 ways to be more green this year. Number 1: I’m going to make sure not to overbuy. At the store yesterday I almost bought new binders but I realized I can reuse my old (unless I win this). Number 2: I will purchase recycled. From binders to tee shirts ill find recoiled items for back to school. Number 3: I will look for used items. From a cell phone to calculated used is the way to go. Number 4: Ill take the bus to school instead of driving, I may also carpool. Number 5: Ill turn off my electronics at school when not using them to save electricity. Number 6: Ill eat greener (in color too!) foods and grass fed beef. In fact we fill our fridge with grass fed beef and goat every year to eat healthier and greener. Number 7: I won’t use brown paper bags and reuse plastic baggies. Thanks for reading, I hope to win these great products!

  97. evet965 August 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i hope i win. this stuff is really great!

  98. dcemng August 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

    As an itinerant teacher, I don’t have the luxury of a permanent classroom to set up shop: I have to pack and bring everything to a different school each day of the week. Most of my colleagues leave a stash of food and water in their building for lunches, and leave their laptops plugged in at their desks. Winning these products would make travel easier! I wouldn’t arrive at the next school with a laptop out of juice, I wouldn’t have to carry multiple (reusable) bottles of water because the fountains taste bad, my lunch wouldn’t be a soggy mess from getting squished in the bottom of the bag, and it would be really hard to bring the wrong paperwork to school if each set was in these brightly colored binders! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  99. magarland36 August 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I am amazed at the prizes that comes with this package. I could use everything in there and make good use out of it! I hope I win!

  100. jamesdavid August 19, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I ride my bike three hours every morning to get to school, rather than just wasting this time getting angry at motorcar users for ruining the environment with their co2 emissions, with the solar backpack, i could do all and charge my laptop on the way! Thankyou Inhabitat.

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